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2 Transcriptions (Oliveros • Pade)




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Ensemble d’oscillateurs (oscillator ensemble) was founded in 2016 by Nicolas Bernier at Université de Montréal. In this singular ensemble, each of the ten performers is playing on old analogue oscillators, leaving the performers essentially with the two more basic musical parameters: frequency and amplitude. The oscillators producing sine tones, the timbre of the instruments indeed loses some of its significance.

The first LINE release of the ensemble, '4 compositions' (see LINE_098, 2018) was mainly proposing new pieces composed specifically for the ensemble as well as an interpretation of a graphic score. This new release proposes a completely new and challenging approach to sine tone performance: the adaptation for ten oscillators of two seminal early electronic music pieces. First is an excerpt of 'Jar Piece' composed by Pauline Oliveros in 1966 followed by 5 movements of 'Faust', a masterpiece composed by Else Marie Pade in 1962. This process of transcription and interpretation was not without challenges and complexity.

This release is accompanied by an extensive 145 page digital book 'Sine Waves Interpretations—Notes on an Adaptation and Transcription Process of Electroacoustic Works' which includes the scores produced by the ensemble and a text by Nicolas Bernier and scholars Guillaume Boutard (digital preservation researcher) and Caroline Traube (acoustic and psychoacoustic researcher) with a contextualization and discussion around the process.

It is certainly the first time in history that those pieces are re-created for ten analogue oscillators and LINE is proud to be able to bring such a precise and singular work to sharp ears.


released October 8, 2021

Ensemble d’oscillateurs is directed by Nicolas Bernier.

Track 1, 'Jar Piece', is a composition of Pauline Oliveros.
This transcription of this excerpt of 'Jar Piece' was made
by Nicolas Bernier with the participation of Ensemble
d’oscillateurs musicians.

Musicians on this adaptation of Jar Piece:
Thomas Biadatti, Ariane Gagné, Charles Rainville, Félix
Bonjour, Maxime Carpentier, Lucas Fiorella, Marc-André
Labelle, Pauline Patie Pelicaut and Alexandre Tessier.

Permission Courtesy of The Pauline Oliveros Trust


Tracks 2 to 6, 'Faust', is a composition of Else Marie Pade.

This transcription was made by Estelle Schorpp
and Nicolas Bernier with the participation of Ensemble
d’oscillateurs musicians.

Musicians on this adaptation of 'Faust':
Samuel Bobony-Languérand, Aurore Le Hannier, Ariane Gagné,
Mutatayi Fuamba, Wilhelm Paquette-Horrell, Jean-Philippe
Gauthier, Nicolas Boulé, Mélanie Frisoli, Pauline Patie Pelicaut
and Tom Bonnet.

'Faust' original score is published by Edition·S – music¬sound¬art
who authorized the reproduction of this version of the piece.

Movements 1, 4 and 6 of the piece 'Faust' contains samples
from 'Else Marie Pade - Electronic Works 1958-1995' released
in 2016 by Important Records. We acknowledge Important
Records authorizations for the use.


All tracks recorded by Nicolas Bernier at music faculty
of Université de Montréal.

All tracks mixed and mastered by Nicolas Bernier at DAÏMÔN,
Hull, Québec.

Artwork: Nicolas Bernier.



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