“The human will needs a goal — and it will rather will nothingness than not will” —Friedrich Nietzsche On the Genealogy of Morality
to *obey to *contemplate to *desire to *abide to *believe to *seclude to *peter out to *negate
*[self] is a musique concrète composition based on the concept of ascetic ideals. Its eight movements are inspired by the desert journeys of those prophets in search of purity and simplicity through self-denial. It questions the pertinence of such voluntary pittance in order to obtain redemption.
Composed between July 2013 and February 2015. A string trio version of the piece also exists in which this electronic version is interpreted as an audio score coupled with a graphic score by Paul-Antoine Gauvreau. The string version was premiered in Manchester by Distractfold Ensemble. The electronic version was premiered at the Akousma Douze festival in Montréal.