Inja Kojast

Acousmatic – 6 to 12 channels, 19:34 min (2012-2014)

Inja Kojast, “Where is this place”. is an acousmatic piece composed in homage to Poems for the Roofs of Iran, their anonymous author, and the Iranian people who struggled and still struggle against an oppressive system. The poems, written and recited by an unknown citizen of Tehran, were recorded in June 2009, during citizen protests against the rigged Iranian presidential elections. For nine consecutive nights, while Tehran is under curfew and its residents deprived of telecommunications , residents of Tehran go out on the roofs of buildings to chant “Death to the dictatorship “and” Allah-o Akbar ” God is Great. Several recordings of these nights of protest have been shared online anr are use in the piece, along with various recordings of protests around the world. Spatial writing is at the heart of his aesthetic and formal language of the piece.

The piece is a commission by Concert Society Code d’Accès and was premiere at the Prisma event in Montreal.

Technomancie 2019 , France \ Electrochoc @ Consevatoire de musique, Montréal 2018 \UndaeRadio #137 2016 \ Politica y agentes perturbadores, Portugal 2016 \ Prisma @ Usine C, Montréal (2014)

Grondements – Introduction  (excrept) (Stereo reduction)
Contact for full multi-channel version
 

 In rozharo faramosh nakonim (Let Us Not Forget)

The Allah-o-Akbars have just begun
I don’t know how much longer this will continue
how much longer people will persist with their Allah-o-Akbars
I just know that since last night they have been knocking on people’s doors
and warned that anyone who shouts Allah-o-Akbar will be identified
Now they have even threatened people not to call God!
many of us are not even Muslims..
many of us don’t even believe in God..
but Allah-o-Akbar is no longer just about being a Muslim
it has become a call for unity
whether Muslim, Jew, Zoroastrian.
faithless.. or faithful.
Many of us don’t even believe in God
but each night we come and on God we call
for the others..
for those who died…
…for me
for you
for Iran
The voices are coming from far away
They leave you shaken
They give you hope
but they also show the helplessness
They show that there are still people searching for justice
And show how defenseless they are
that the only thing they left for them to do is cry “Allah-o-Akbar.”
Let us not forget these voices
Let us not forget this call
Too much blood has been shed for these Allah-o-Akbar to rise
Too many parents will not hold their children tonight
it could have been you or me
one of those destined not to return home last night..
could have been you or me
So let us not forget
let us never forget these days

 

 

 

Toons

Toons, Acousmatique, stéréo, 8 min, 2006

ENG

Toons is an acousmatic piece inspired by the universe and characters from comics. Through studio manipulation, I explore the elasticity and malleability of timbre, using simple techniques and processing, such as transposition, accumulation and looping. The sound material used for the piece was developed almost exclusively using samples of children’s voices as the source. The piece is constructed as an animated film would be, where a chain of absurd and improbable situations is generated by invented sound creatures.

FR

Toons est une pièce acousmatique qui s’inspire de l’univers et des personnages de la bande dessinée.   Par la manipulation en studio, j’explore l’élasticité et la malléabilité du timbre, à partir de techniques et traitement simples, tels que la transposition, l’accumulation et la boucle. Le matériau sonore utilisé pour la pièce a été développé en utilisant presque exclusivement des échantillons de voix d’enfants comme source. La pièce est construite comme le serait un film d’animation,  où un enchaînement de situations absurdes et improbables est généré par des créatures sonores inventées.

 

Orford Art Center, Orford, 20o9/ EuCue, Concert, serie Montréal, 2007/ CECO concert series, 2007/  CD CACHE 2006 /2e prize JTTP 2006/ Where’s the beat (2006)/ Electrobuzz 1, ( 2006)

Hexakosioïhexekontahexaphobie

Acousmatique, 6:66 minutes, 2008

FR
Hexakosioïhexekontahexaphobie designe la phobie irrationnelle du chiffre 666.  La pièce est un film d’horreur électroacoustique. J’explore la transposition d’effets  cinématographiques et scénaristiques propres à l’horreur ; crescendos,  ruptures dramatiques,  espaces claustrophobiques, tensions insoutenables, horreurs sans nom, et pire encore.

Eng
Hexakosioïhexekontahexaphobia is a word coined to designate the irrational phobia of the number 666. A sort of electroacoustic horror film, the piece plays with script and cinematographic codes specific to this genre. Effects of crescendos, dramatic ruptures, or even the simulation of claustrophobic spaces are among the writing techniques used to create a disturbing tension throughout the piece. Don’t be scare, everything is fine.

 

L’ère des proportions

 Acousmatique, 4 canaux, 6:02 min, 2007

L’ère des proportions est une composition explorant le langage formel et spatial en musique électroacoustique, dans une approche musicale ludique et teintée d’humour noir.  À travers une succession de courtes scènes, la pièce met l’emphase sur des contrastes dynamiques marqués, des ruptures de ton entre les mouvements, ainsi que sur la  nervosité de son écriture spatiale.

Réduction Stereo.

 

Festival Rêves d’automne (2014)/ 60×60, VoxNovus Tour, tournée Canadienne (2008-2009) (Blingblang)/ CECO, Montréal (2007)/Electrobuzz, Montréal, 2006

Exobiologie

Acousmatic, 4 channels, 9,36 min, 2008-2009

FR: Exobiologie est une pièce acousmatique quadraphonique  (4 canaux), qui  s’inscrit dans une exploration des notions de cinéma pour l’oreille et d’écriture narrative en musique électroacoustique.

L’exobiologie est un domaine de recherche multidisciplinaire utilisant la physique, la biologie, la géologie ainsi que la philosophie pour comprendre l’origine et l’évolution de la vie dans l’univers. Inspirée par ces thèmes, la pièce prend la forme d’un récit de science-fiction où une succession de tableaux évoque la genèse et l’évolution de la vie,  partant de son expression la plus primaire et jusqu’à des états complexes et sophistiqués. Les matériaux musicaux développés pour la pièce travaillent la plasticité, l’organicité et la mise en espace du sonore, via la manipulation en studio.

ENG: Exobiology is a multidisciplinary field of research utilizing physics, biology and geology as well as philosophy to understand the origin and evolution of life in the Universe. Inspired by these themes, the piece is intended as a narrative construction where the genesis and evolution of life forms are evoked through invented organic sound matter. Starting from the idea of a primal expression of being, the composition progressively builds up to explore more sophisticated states of life.

ICMC,  Official selection, Australia, 2011/ NAISA Concert Serie, Toronto, 2009 / CD Deep Wireless #5 2009 / E-Buzz, CECO MTL

Réduction stéréo, l’écoute au casque est fortement recommandée. Version quadraphonique disponible sur demande.

 

 

 

De la nouvelle idole

Acousmatique, 2005, 10 min.

Texte de Friedrich Nietzsche dans  Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra.

“Il naît beaucoup trop d’humains : pour ceux qui sont en trop, on a inventé l’État”

 

CD, CECO en mouvement, 2009 /Vox novus concerts, 2008 /Prix Marcelle Deschênes, 2005/ Electrobuzz, Montréal, 2005