Bestioles » (small beasts, bugs,…) is my loving word for
speaking about the musicians with whom I compose: birds, insects, frogs,
and other mammals of every kinds, whose songs always amaze me.
These sounds which surround us in the nature can be listened to in different
ways, either as sounds issued from « machine-animals » programmed
for more or less specific functions, or as animal music, because mankind
has not exclusiveness of music; or as sounds usable for creating music.
Actually, I try to reveal a sound material which is hidden because of
our usual way of listening, or because of the limits of our perception
– often when we just change the frequencies of some sounds, we
discover amazing rhythmic structures orlittle ghost voices, which are
too fast and too shrill to be heard by the human ear.
It’s not my purpose to edit sound ambiance
or natural soundscapes, but I try to make a score in which the instruments
are animal songs patterns, or just the texture of a song sound, its
dynamics, which I take from its original context for putting it in my
The result is sometimes near to a collage with a metric (a measure,
a tempo); sometimes I transform - with synthesizers, samplers and computers
- these animal sounds into human musical sounds which look like our
instruments families (percussive, melodic,…) and they cover all
the frequencies, from deep to shrill.
Then I have at my disposal a kind of orchestra, and its sound materials
is at the same time strange and deeply known;
probably because the modern man and his music are already linked with
bird songs in our most distant and deepest roots.
By composing with insects, birds and frog songs I
look for the links which join us to them from the thunder of the Big
Bang to the quivering of love ...