For tape alone


Duration 20′ – short version 12′

commissionned by Ina-GRM ( see discography )

created in the auditorium Olivier Messian in Paris 18 mars 1995

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In his compution to abreviate, the dictionnary tells us that L’estran (strand) is : the portion of the shore between the highest and the lowest tides. Every thing in this definition (portion – shore – between – the highest and the lowest) indicates the in-between, uncertainty , opposites, flesh or fish, land or sea, who knows ?

The word is ridiculously small for what it covers, as if it wonted to be very small in the face of what it actually reveals. Strange universe which never quite belongs to one element or another. Not belonging may not be blameless ?

Only poetry and music can give L’Estran its real meaning ; even the best dictionnary, apart from this brief definition which is somewhat strict, purely geographical, must need to use poetical metaphor.

Christian ELOY