Comme je l’entends – opéra radiophonique

[English title: AS I HEAR IT – RADIO OPERA]

visuel comme je l'entends

based on the testimonials and with the voices of some listeners
Mié Ogura, flute | Mathieu Fèvre, clarinets | Pascal Contet, accordion | Benjamin Dupé, guitar and piano | Irène Lecoq, violin | Bruno Chevillon, double bass
music and libretto Benjamin Dupé


To compose As I hear it (Comme je l’entends), I first assembled listeners, with backgrounds as diverse as they were untrained in contemporary music. I asked them to lend their ears to my tastes, to my research, to my sound obsessions. They talked about my music, freely, as they heard it, and I recorded them. I considered the sum of their commentaries and reactions as a musical instrument, with its own acoustic set of rules, as well as a libretto carrying a dramaturgy of its own. A sincere and often funny dialogue between my music and their words, As I hear it is above all a proposition for a space: where one invents him/herself in listening.


Commissioned by Radio France (Direction de la musique) for the “Prix Italia” in Turin (september 2010)

broadcast • 08 February 2012 - GMEM, Marseille • 22 November 2010 - France Musique, émission les Lundis de la contemporaine • 19 September 2010 - France Culture, émission l'Atelier de Création Radiophonique 
+ download the dossier (pdf), including english translation of the libretto
+ France Culture et France Musique web sites
+ listen to the piece (9 tracks) ↓

+ Comme je l’entends (As I hear it) is also a performance you can discover here