Benoit Montambault – Stop Making Sense (2012)

Instrumentation: ● Marimba

● Assorted metals
● Assorted electronics
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Duration: 10 minutes Composer’s Note:

Stop Making Sense is the piece that helped me redefine my work as a composer and sound artist. It was written on the initiative of percussionist Galdric Subirana who was looking for a piece that would join dance and music in a novel way, a piece where dance and music would become one while each conserving their distinct identites. Around a modified marimba filled with nothing more than D flats a percussionist strikes a note. Its resonance is then cut off by the dancer. What follows is a game of didactics where the dancer force the percussionist to modify his approach to the instrument by taking over the physical space of said instrument. Stop wants to tell a story, that of two people living in independent worlds yet bound by a common physical reality, a reality that both enables and challenges communication.

A true game of cat and mouse, Stop Making Sense is a hybrid where dance cannot truly retain its intended identiry and where music cannot, at any time, exist outside of dance.

-Benoit Montambault

Annotated by Joanna Chen