Conséquences des gaz à effet de serre
- Dominique Bassal
- Year of composition: 2012
- Duration: 13:37
- Instrumentation: 7.1-track fixed medium
About the consequences of greenhouse gas emissions, everything has been said already, yet nothing seems to get done. So here is my contribution: a musical illustration, a prophesying fable that might just manage to talk to — hopefully to inspire a healthy dose of terror — to some of those who seized power and do as they please. Above them and above us, gas concentrations increase, move about and insinuate themselves, brewing catastrophe, hidden behind this “complexity” we are not meant to understand. Gas pockets accumulate, growing more threatening, in sharp contrast with the faintheartedness of our palliative actions. Then, suddenly, huge waves come down, again and again. In short time, everything has been wiped out. Groups of survivors emerge from the carnage and weakly attempt to rebuild strands of civilization. A hybridized form of music culture reappears, but there is no cohesion anymore, as the ghosts of the catastrophe are still haunting the planet, drenching the atmosphere with indelible sadness. People have terrible nightmares, often collectively. The ending of the piece is nothing more than a small, a really tiny… interrogation mark.
[English translation: François Couture, iii-14]
Conséquences des gaz à effet de serre was realized in 7.1 in 2012 at the composer’s studio in Montréal and premiered on October 25, 2012 during the concert Elektramusic at Musée d’art moderne et contemporain (Strasbourg, France).
- October 25, 2012, Elektramusic, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin, France)