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