Signal Mirror (Phonocamptique 1) is a mixed electroacoustic work. It combines pre-recorded elements (a "tape") with real-time musical production using electronic and/or acoustic instruments.
Phonocamptics is a forgotten term that once referred to the study of sound reflections, echoes and wavefront scattering. It is a singular part of acoustics, named as such in the 17th century by the polymath Althanasius Kircher.
Commissioned for the Son Biennale, Signal Mirror (Phonocamptique 1) aims to develop a musical discourse entirely focused on the phenomenon of sound propagation. The aim is to integrate into musical writing the deployment of sound, its diffusion, the echoes it generates, and the artifacts it leaves behind once dissipated.
The main challenge of this piece is to succeed in articulating writing and manifestation, or, to put it another way, to confront a musical idea with the concrete reality of its acoustic materialization. It's only when this articulation is successful that a fertile relationship can be established and flourish, placing the concrete reality of sound at the heart of what's at stake in music.
Born in 1981 in Limoges
Lives in Paris
François J. Bonnet is a French-Swiss composer and theorist. He has headed the Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA GRM) since 2018. He has published the following books: La musique à venir (Shelter Press, 2020), Après la mort (L'éclat, 2017), L'Infra-monde(éditions MF, 2015) and Les mots et les sons. Un archipel sonore (L'éclat, 2012).
He is also a radio producer for France Musique (L'Expérimentale) and co-editor of the magazine SPECTRES (Shelter Press) and the record collections Recollection GRM and Portraits GRM. His music, often broadcast under the Kassel Jaeger project, has been presented worldwide and published by world-renowned labels such as Editions Mego, Shelter Press and Black Truffle. He also collaborates with artists such as Éliane Radigue, Gisèle Vienne, Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi and Jim O'Rourke.