Philosophy should stop at midnight Programme note

Frédéric observed quite closely (for him) the anonymous Synesthesia-score, following in terms of high-low, translating space in time. He provides a poem, though, on top of this:


Philosophy should stop

at midnight like the buses.

Imagine Nietzsche, Jesus

and Bertrand Russell parked

in the silent car barns.

Richard Brautigan


Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with financial assistance from Steven Saltaire through BCMG's Sound Investment Scheme.

Music & Maths Festival Programme


Frédéric Pattar

Born in 1969 in Dijon, Frédéric Pattar initially studied piano, accompaniment, music theory, and electroacoustic composition. Starting in 1994, he undertook study of composition with Gilbert Amy at the Lyon Conservatory (CNSM), graduating four years later. He completed his studies at IRCAM, where he participated in the Cursus (IRCAM’s composition and computer music course) in 1999.

Frédéric Pattar is particularly interested in interactions between music, text, and visual representations. His compositions reveal a pluralistic musical language which is characterised by constant tension, but also by a certain lyricism which conceals a palpable .dramatic intensity. Rhythmic fluxes, the driving elements in his works, appear in successive waves, each revealing a harmonic structure, giving rise to intuitive, but also unexpected, listening experiences.

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