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NICOLAS BERNIER - courant.air
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courant.air is the continuation of a body of work intertwining instrumental and electronic music following the acclaimed 2004-2008 work les arbres (Mention, Prix Ars Electronica 2009).

The mixture this time is more edgy : a rich and complex  electronic sound composition alongside the folk inspired guitar played by Simon Trottier (member of the extraordinary haunted blues band Timber Timbre). After 2 albums of improvised folktronica with Simon Trottier, Nicolas Bernier decided to explore that singular mixity further in a formal compositional context. This time, Trottier is interpreting the music written and scored by Bernier.

Conceptually, the piece is wind powered. Wind as  a constructive/destructive agent. Wind as an agent of travel (oh! the sailing ships of Jacques Cartier). Wind as a propulsion engine of particles in constant movement in the air. Wind as noise. Wind is sound. Wind and music are Invisible.


courant.air was realized between August 22, 2008 and June 2010 in the composer’s personal studio as well as the Banff Centre. The work was commissioned by Réseaux (movements 1 and 8) and by New Adventures in Sound Art (2,3 and 7) with financial support for the Canada Council for the Arts. The movements 4,5 and 6 we’re realized with the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


Presskit Tracklist Reviews
courant.air Presskit

Score as PDF

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1. bourrasques électriques
2. déplacement des particules
3. soubresauts
4. petit port bien abrité
5. air.chanson.usure
6. menace, incertitude, le temps se (dé)couvre
7. propulsion
8. érosion (jusqu’à plus oultre)

Aux éléments folk aériens sont ajoutées quelques touches hispanisantes qui rendent l'écoute plus vivante et chaleureuse.
Voir, Canada

Aux éléments folk aériens sont ajoutées quelques touches hispanisantes qui rendent l'écoute plus vivante et chaleureuse.
Voir, Canada

On retrouve ici tout le talent de Nicolas Bernier, tout en ļ¬nesse et précision
Fabrice Allard, EtherREAL

one of the more engaging electroacoustic pieces I've heard in a long time
Mike Wood, Music Emissions.com

very engaging
François Couture, Monsieur Délir

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