Quatre machines pour sauver le monde

Léa Boudreau, Université de Montréal

In January 2019, young students from Jean-Baptiste-Meilleur elementary school in Montréal took part in a little brainstorm: to imagine fantastic machines under the theme «Quatre machines pour sauver le monde» (Four machines to save the world). No limit, no other instruction, all ideas were welcomed. Based on their suggestions, I composed this piece, expressing with sound and music the devices thought out by the youngsters but also their surrounding environment. The work is divided into four parts which respect the original titles given by the schoolchildren :

1- Une machine volante qui fonctionne à la pollution et qui la transforme en air pur (A flying machine that functions with pollution and turns it into fresh air)
2- Une machine-robot en forme d’animal pour sauver les animaux qui n’ont pas de maison et qui sont dans la rue (An animal-shaped robot-machine to save homeless animals that live on the street)
3- Une machine pour envoyer toute la neige qui tombe ici au pôle Nord pour ne plus que ça fonde (A machine to send all the snow falling here to the North Pole so it doesn’t melt anymore)
4- Une machine-bateau-sous-marin pour nettoyer les océans (A machine-boat-submarine to clean the oceans)


Léa Boudreau is a composer and musician based in Montréal, Qc. Born in 1993, she nourishes a passionate relationship with sound since her teenage years. It was a time when she used to spend days as a hermit, listening and creating. Oh how few things have changed. Nowadays, she continues to create with performance and composition in which she hopes to explore the infinite possibilities of everyday objects and to express the thousand of ideas she has kept in her mind for a long time now. In 2019, she won the 3rd prize in the Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s JTTP contest for her piece Quatre machines pour sauver le monde and in SIME competition (International Electroacoustic Music Week, Lille University) with her piece Recovery. She also received the Marcelle award 2019 from the Université de Montréal music department for the work she accomplished during her academic journey (prize named after Marcelle Deschênes who created the electroacoustic composition program in 1980). In 2017, she received the 3rd Hugh-Le Caine prize from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers for her piece Dementia.


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