Dream Studies


Ambisonic spatial sound composition / 2024

Durée draws inspiration from Henri Bergson’s philosophical insights, delving into the inseparable connections among time, consciousness, and memory. Time is inherently subjective, immeasurable, and subject to stretching or compression based on individual experiences.

In the introduction, the composition harnesses surround sound to transform the listening space into a metaphorical clock face. The ticking of the clock circulates the horizontal plane, transitioning from regular to irregular rhythms before gradually disintegrating into particles. These clock tick particles are then enveloped by chaotic fluxes of experiences and memories, manifested in intricate sound collages. Over time, the soundscape evolves from distinct elements into a multi-directional resonant drone, making a unseen sculpture of time in the space that presents an imaginative manifestation of temporality. As the spatiotemporal sculpture dissolves, overlaid deep breaths emerge, measuring the passage of time, and thereby underscoring the subjective nature of temporal perception. Subsequently, the breaths ring into a ethereal chorus. In the finale, the clock particles and ticks return with a non-linear behaviour dispersed throughout the space.

Durée is derived from previous composition titled Dream Studies - Durée, 2022, which has been presented at Monteaudio Festival, 2022, Montevideo, and “Electrify”, Iklectik Artlab, 2022, London