Alain de Filippis, Ton Dieu nes’appelle-t-il pas ego? (MKCD013)

Ton Dieu ne s’appelle-t-il pas ego? is subtitled “drama en huit mouvements et ½.”

1 – Prélude: Bird calls over a drone. More and more electronic sounds as it progresses. Last three seconds sudden crescendo of a buzzy repeated figure, leading without break into
2 – La peur de l’autre (le méchant): a busy (not buzzy) business of electronics and voice
3 – Sostenuto: replacing the voices with keyboard chordal motif, which
4 – Vas-y tout seul!: morphs into strange “choir” of ostinatos, then
5 – C’est l’époque qui veut ça…: dirty, gritty circuitry sounds, still, oddly, with the sense of moving forward that the ostinatos had given… The grit thins out (sounds are progressively subtracted from the mélange) and then
6 – Lamento: and then a great low tone and dark, non-gritty ostinato take over, and
7 – Pulsions grégaires (le retour): we return to the sound world of the second movement, but noisier
8 – Finale: leading to the finale (grand, of course) of buzzing and juddering and grit, all very busy, gradually replaced by the bird calls of the prélude (the ½ mouvement), and this really quite extraordinarily entertaining piece is, sadly, already over.

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