Salomon's sound - houses a été commandée par le quatuor de saxophones Quasar à qui l'oeuvre est dédiée. La réalisation de cette commande a été rendue possible grace au soutien financier du Foonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst (Pays-Bas)
Le titre de la pièce est tiré de « The New Atlantis » (La nouvelle Atlantide) oeuvre de Francis Bacon publiée en 1627. La description de « Salomon's sound houses » est la suivante :
"We have sound-houses, where we practise and demonstrate all sounds, and their generation. We have harmonies which you have not, of quarter-sounds, and lesser slides of sounds. Divers instruments of music likewise to you unknown, some sweeter than any of you have; together with bells and rings that are dainty and sweet. We represent small sounds as great and deep; likewise great sounds extenuate and sharp; we make divers tremblings and warblings of sound, which in their original are entire. We represent and imitate all articulate sounds and letters, and the voices and notes of beasts and birds. We have certain helps which set to the ear do further the hearing greatly. We were tossing it; and some that give back the voice louder than it came; some shriller, and some deeper; yea, some rendering the voice differing in the letters of articulate sound from that they receive. We have also means to convey sounds in trunks and pipes, in strange lines and distances".
Salomon's soud houses a été créée le 28 mars 2007 par Quaar à Montréal dans le cadre du concert Ondes de chocs.