À feu doux is a piece for a digital musical instrument (DMI) called the sponge. In this work, recordings of an actual bonfire are mixed with studio recordings of a fabricated fire, as well as synthesized crackles and pitched material. The goal was to make a nice and quiet piece where the sound of the fire evokes the warmth of love. The program note (in French) read like this: Les grandes amours consument à feu doux.
This premiere happened at the Université de Montréal on January 28, 2015. I am thankful to everyone who contributed to make this event possible. Dominic Thibault, Sébastien Besson and Robert Normandeau were especially helpful.
Special thanks go to Georges Forget who played a very important role in recording and mixing the sound of the fake fire. This piece could not exist without his participation.