Frequencies (Synthetic Variations)
Nicolas Bernier’s Frequencies (Synthetic Variations) is
his first piece made entirely of synthetic sounds. Having
evolved within the musique concrète and field recording
traditions, Bernier wanted to break with habit — the
result being 15 short movements of warped and crackling
textures, vividly articulated sine waves and rhythmic
bursts of pattern. The piece is designed to be listened to
at random (the sound sample above is such a sequence),
offering a new duration and dynamics with every hearing.
It is also part of a sound and light performance series,
where both elements have been precisely knit together
in a kind of synaesthesia — enabling the listener to either
hear the light or see the sound.