Je te salue, vieil océan!
- Francis Dhomont
- Year of composition: 1998, 2000-04
- Duration: 14:54
- Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
- Commission: IMEB
“Ancient ocean, O great celibate… tell me then whether the Prince of Darkness resides in you. … for I will rejoice in the knowledge that Hell lies so near to Man.” — “Song I,” The Songs of Maldoror (Les chants de Maldoror) (1869), Lautréamont (1846-70).
The ocean referred to here is the one evoked by Lautréamont in his fantastic imprecations in The Songs of Maldoror — selected excerpts are read by Marc-Henri Boisse —, an extreme and Satanic universe still attached to Romanticism yet foretelling surrealist poetry. These storms, these breaking waves, this undertow, these hurricanes have little to do with reality — this is a metaphorical ocean, a maritime archetype, whose sound material was obtained either through the treatment of acoustic sounds or synthesis, except for a few rare initial field recordings.
[English translation: François Couture, viii-06]
Je te salue, vieil océan! [Hail, Ancient Ocean!] was realized in the studios of the Institut international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB, France) in 1998 and premiered on May 31, 1999 as part of Synthèse, the Festival international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (France). The final version of Je te salue, vieil océan! — which supersedes the previous one of 1998 — was completely reworked in 2000-04 at the composer’s studio in Montréal and premiered on June 5, 2005 as part of Synthèse, the Festival international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (France). It was commissioned by the Institut international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB, France). Thanks to Marc-Henri Boisse, recorded voice.
- May 31, 1999, Synthèse 1999: La mer — Le flux, Grand théâtre — Maison de la culture de Bourges, Bourges (Cher, France)
- June 5, 2005, Premiere of the final version: Synthèse 2005: Concert, Palais Jacques-Cœur, Bourges (Cher, France)
empreintes DIGITALes / 2006