Piling Sand-Piling Stone IV by André Cormier

Soundcheck for Piling Sand - Piling Stone IV by André Cormier at Galerie sans nom, Moncton.
Soundcheck for Piling Sand – Piling Stone IV by André Cormier at Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton.

Back in September I was in New Brunswick to premiere Piling Sand – Piling Stone IV, for flute and Max MSP, by André Cormier. This mammoth, ninety-minute work was performed in both Moncton and St. John: every six minutes the flute is recorded and looped back through speakers surrounding the audience. Gradually, over the course of an hour-and-a-half, the music becomes denser, richer, and more elaborate, until the final six minutes reveal the “complete” piece: all swirling flute lines, Tibetan finger cymbals, and whistle tones. My final day in Moncton included an absurdly large portion of fried clams, some local beer… and a recording session, where we laid down André’s piece for posterity. Below is an excerpt from this utterly unique and otherworldly piece.

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