In 1998, the Cultural Centre Andre Malraux of Vandoeuvre-Les-Nancy commissioned Michel Chion, Lionel Marchetti and Jerome Noetinger to collaborate on a work of musique concrete. Les 120 jours was the result - a fresco for which the composers exchanged a mass of sounds from multiple origins, that each had worked, transformed and recomposed in their own style.
For this new commission (2014-2015), the work was realised in two stages. Firstly, during several recording sessions at the CFMI of Lyon (Université Lumière Lyon 2), the three musicians improvised to create some raw materials and sequences. From this large reservoir of sounds, they composed six pieces of musique concrete : one each independently, and three organised according to set rules of chance as chosen by the trio to create a series of sonic events.
The overall structure of Filarium is to be appreciated as a vivarium where just as many sound beings of different species cohabit - originating from varying lineages and junctions at porous borders, real, or imagined - as material and open poetics, antagonists, dissidents even, nevertheless connected here by a deliberate strangeness.