French composer Raphaël Cendo has emerged as a leading yet controversial composer of his generation in Europe. His style, dubbed as Saturation, deals with ideas of excess, acoustic and physical saturation, monstrosity, chaos, and mutilation. This music borders at times upon “noise” and pushes instruments and performers to new limits to uncover an extreme expressivity. While the aesthetic style of this music is unapologetic, the artistic movement inherently questions the nature of sound and perception. Cendo aurally explores the amount of sonic information he can give about any particular sound, and if giving too much information about a particular sound (“saturization” of sound) changes its perception. This extreme style of composition, which has already left a massive impact on the face of contemporary music world-wide, also calls into questions social issues regarding extreme behavior: the thresholds of pain, piercings, and scarrings. The composer attempts to connect these issues in a way that comments on modern thought and fringe behavior.
Raphaël Cendo (b. 1975):
New Work for flute, clarinet, saxophone, horn, harp, piano, percussion, violin, cello, and bass (2014, WORLD PREMIERE)
Rokh I (2012) for flute, violin, cello, and piano
Scratch Data (2002) for percussion and electronics
Other work TBA