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This writing project follows on directly from my cycle of educational pieces Centimes © 2017 Éditions Musicales Artchipel, which openly raised the question of the artistic interest of didactic works. To put it another way and in a slightly more familiar way, I was trying to see how to get out of the somewhat tedious studies within this very particular genre. In Centimes, I called on my writer friend Dominique Quélen to imagine a text in the form of offbeat, strange lessons – not excluding humor and derision, which provided a distancing and opened up a playful space beyond the instrumental framework. It was perhaps a somewhat roundabout way of not providing an exclusively musical answer to the initial question.
Les Rêves vertébrés refocuses this question by constraining it to the musical universe. The title of the cycle is taken from a quote by writer António Lobo Antunes in an interview given to Télérama in 2011.