Radio station: RTS
Venue/s of the event: MAMCO Geneva (Museum of Modern art)
In 2010, Roux visited DIA Beacon and experienced Sol Lewitt’s wall drawings, each of which consists in a series of instructions executed by a team of draftspeople. Their combination of serial practices and simple geometric shapes impressed Roux for their inherent musicality, and he has sought a system to make these drawings listenable.
For ‘Inevitable Music’, Roux presents the audience with a line of loudspeakers. The session is a collection of pieces based on Lewitt’s drawings and instructions, a series of works that last from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. Some fragments are based on the same wall drawing, each proposing different variations. A pre-recorded voice gives the title of each piece, giving concise explanations of how each piece is made.
Sébastien Roux (born 1977) writes electronic music, and presents it in diverse formats, from CD’s and records, to public listening sessions, sound installations, sound walks, and radio pieces.
In 2011 he began to develop an approach focused on principles of translation, analyzing the structures of pre-existing art works (visual, musical, literary) and transposing them into into scores for new works (radiophonic or electro-acoustic taped music). This process has led to the creation of Quatuor (2011), an electroacoustic work based on Beethoven’s 10th String quartet, commissioned by Groupe de Recherches Musicales and Nouvelle (2012) a radio work, based on Flaubert’s short story The Legend of Saint Julien L’Hospitalier, commissioned by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk. The most recent development out of this process of “translation” is Inevitable Music which has involved an exhaustive research on the wall drawings of Sol Lewitt, and a long-term examination and development of a methodology for applying the rules and means of these works to sonic ends. Thus far Inevitable Music (which has received its initial support from the Institut Français) has been developed for site-specific listening sessions in New York City and Pompidou Center Metz, as well as a scheduled Lp release on Future Audio Graphics records in Autumn 2013.