Nicolas Bernier - Dans le ventre de la machine EU

Duration: 11'

This piece is the final part of a musique concrète cycle that began in 2005. This cycle works around the relation between the human body and machine. Here, the machine is very much alive - one that traps us in its inescapable cogs due to a momentary lapse of concentration or, worse, a moment of bad luck. It is at that moment that this piece was composed - when I felt like a prisoner of the machine, unable to stop it, unable to escape from her belly. The resulting work shows the undeniable presence of the body; gestures are torn between will, lethargy, and spastic frenzy before the last breath dies. Wood, metal, electricity, frequencies, water, flesh, fuel, violence. Dans le ventre de la machine was realized from June 2010 to April 2011 in the composer’s personal studio. Thanks to Olivier Girouard, Gilles Gobeil, and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay for their valued ears. Thanks also to University of Huddersfield, and Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). The piece was awarded the Motus Prize at the Destellos Competition (Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2011).



Nicolas Bernier