Floating Sound Gallery

Armando Balice


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Armando Balice is a French and Italian composer, improviser (synthesizers and electronics), co-founder and director of the musical creation association Alcôme. He teaches electroacoustic composition at the Music Conservatory of Nanterre and works with La Muse en Circuit (National music creation center) as a guest teacher. The poetic and symbolic dimension of the “black” permeates his music. After graduating the Besançon conservatory in saxophone and getting a musicology degree, he has started studying electroacoustic composition, firstly with Jean-Marc Weber at the Chalon-sur-Saône Conservatory, then at the Boulogne-Billancourt Artistic Department with Denis Dufour and Jonathan Prager, and eventually at the Marne la Vallée University in partnership with INA GRM, completing his master degree. His music has been played in many different countries: France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Russia, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Romania, Mexico. During the last years, some of his works were nominated for various prizes. “Distorsione del nero” for wind trio and electronics were selected for the festival “Le forme del suono 2013” in Latina (Italy), his acousmatic piece “Mes yeux sont des flammes noires” won public prize in “Petites formes 2016” competition and has been selected for “Banc d’essai 2016” by INA GRM, “Le crépuscule fané du phénix noir” went to finale of the Russolo award 2017. The ideas of working with the concept of “black” comes from a work of the poet Guillevic that strikes him. From there he likes to explore all aspects of black, from simple intensity of this colour to more abstract meanings and references. As a musician, he aims to explore all sides of electroacoustic music.

Black Garden / 2019, 25’

Commissioned by INA GRM
Cello: Lola Malique

Composed in the INA GRM studios, in Tokyo, and in my personal studio.

“In the light or in the dark, a song comes forward, it takes over a song that was getting tired”
Guillevic, in Le Chant

The expression of an inner garden, of destruction and creation, of darkness and light… I think I put some inspirations of a Japanese Garden in it, but making it very personal and trying to reach something more dramatic and expressive, contrasting with the external peacefulness of such a place. Playing with the symbols and poetry of black, the composition explores the instrumental character in electroacoustic music, mainly through cello, used equally as a lyrical element, as well as a raw material from which other sounds are produced.

I. Prélude
II. Noir I
III. Behind the rocks
IV. Noir II
V. Yet still, we rise
VI. Noir III
VII. Collapse
VIII. Where are you