Hurlements d’Âme is a musical piece composed by Jean-François Laporte from Totem Contemporain for Repertorio Zero, and was performed by both Jean-François and Repertorio Zero at Biennale de Venise the 29th of Septembrer 2011.
This composition was based on the usage of various distortion effects applied to the four instruments. The music was based on the dialogue between dry instrument, amplified instruments, and distortion-processed instruments.
On the project I worked closely for a few weeks with JF Laporte to “cook” for him eight distortion recipe, which had to sound different from each other (which is not that easy with distortion, a crushing, un-subtle kind of effect!). Some were made out of a blending of in-built Ableton Live effects, some others with distortion plugins, and some of them with Max For Live.
From the sound recipe we selected I built complex Ableton Live racks to control them in a user friendly way.
From the Ableton Live racks I built a performance interface in Ableton Live, which again had to be super user friendly to use since Jean-François was not so familiar with Ableton usage.
The project had to be plug-and-play to be brought in Italy for the performance.