Eliane Radigue – OCCAM XVIII

for solo contrabass recorder

Breath and tongue coax the long air column of the contrabass recorder into vibration. Generously the air flows through the instrument, in and out. A low sound appears at first, later pulsing partials start to oscillate. As the instrument surrenders, fractal moments of articulation gather like beads on a string. Is there an end to the flow, is there a beginning? What happens between the in-breath and the out-breath? Is continuity a mere illusion?

A few days after Eliane’s 82nd birthday in 2014 work on OCCAM XVIII was finished, accompanied by the perfume of abundant flower bouquets in her living room.

Pia Palme


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