SPGRM 003 / Hecker / Okkyung Lee

Statistique Synthétique / Teum (the Silvery Slit)




Statistique Synthétique
2020 / 25’15

Computer-generated sound with resynthesized situated texture recordings
Written and produced by Florian Hecker, 2019 - 2020
Texture analysis and resynthesis algorithm: Axel Röbel, Analysis/Synthesis Team, IRCAM, Paris
Mastered by Rashad Becker
Photo by Mauricio Guillén, 2019

Thanks to Axel Röbel for his commitment to the project and special appreciation to GRM, Luke Fowler, Mauricio Guillén, Dirk Mayer and Porta33

Location Texture Recordings, using DPA 4060, DPA 4017B, DPA 4021 and DPA 4060 microphones to Sound Devices 702 recorder; except segment 04:31 - 05:37, recorded by Luke Fowler, April 2019 using Sony M10.

00:00 - 02:00 Lopud, Croatia, June 2008
02:00 - 03:12 Ponta do Sol, Madeira, ER 101, April 2019
03:12 - 04:14 Prentiss St, Cambridge, MA, February 2015
04:14 - 04:31 Anjos, Ponta do Sol, Madeira, ER 101, April 2019
04:31 - 05:37 Atelier Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence, April 2019
05:37 - 08:31 Anjos, Ponta do Sol, Madeira, ER 101, April 2019
08:31 - 09:46 Praia dos Anjos, Ponta do Sol, Madeira, ER 101, April 2019
09:46 - 10:39 Private garden, Kissing, September 2009
10:39 - 11:15 Praia dos Anjos, Ponta do Sol, Madeira, ER 101, April 2019
11:15 - 15:11 Porto do Paul do Mar, Calheta, Madeira, April 2019
15:11 - 16:53 Prinz Eugen Strasse, Vienna, June 2008
16:53 - 24:27 Risco, Rabaçal, Madeira, April 2019
24:27 - 25:15 Bois de Boulogne, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris, September 2015


Okkyung Lee
Teum (the Silvery Slit)
2019 / 20’03

Performed, recorded and composed by Okkyung Lee (ASCAP)
Mixed by Lasse Marhaug
Mastered by Guuseppe Ielasi
Photo by Lasse Marhaug

Part of Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Statistique Synthétique draws as much from the history of computer sound synthesis as from its latest developments. But well beyond developing simply as a proof of concept, this piece aims to transcend the abstract status of synthetic sound objects and lead them to a properly hallucinatory state, that is to say to a meeting point where the object and perception dissolve into each other, in a sort of transcendental field. Beyond, also, hylomorphism, to reach the world of matter-form fusions, where perception knows how to see “shoulders of hills”, as Cézanne wrote.

Teum (the Silvery Slit) is, as the title suggests, an overture, an opening to the game of multiplications, fragmentations, duplications. But it is also the opening understood as the void that blossoms between two borders, a break from which escapes a double tension, both the pulling force of these two edges which move apart and the opposite force of reconciliation, of compression. Okkyung Lee invites us to a truly telluric moment, a rare moment of expression where tectonic movements and shear stresses become music. If the earthquakes were, as we thought in the 18th century, due to underground thunderstorms, there is no doubt that this piece of music, both celestial and continental, could have been their audible manifestation.

Text by François Bonnet

Cut by Andreas Kauffelt at Schnittstelle, Berlin, September 2020
Sleeve design by Stephen O’Malley

Released in association with Editions Mego.
Coordination GRM: François Bonnet, Jules Négrier
Executive Production: Peter Rehberg