Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics, post-rock, noise improv, video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and interdisciplinary contexts. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. His works have been of interest for Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), SONAR (Spain), Mutek (Canada), DotMov Festival (Japan) and Transmediale (Germany) and have been published on lovely labels like Crónica (Portugal), leerraum (Switzerland), Home Normal (UK) and LINE (US). He his a member of Perte de signal, a media arts research and development centre based in Montreal. He his teaching in the Digital Music program of the Université de Montréal.
Frequencies is the second installment in Montreal native Nicolas Bernier’s avant-garde audiovisual series, in which a performer must tamper with sound waves and light bursts in real time – like a sculptor would carve out his mold. Just as impressive as Frequencies (A) was at simultaneously rendering sound visible and a stream of light audible, Frequencies finds the performer processing sequences of light and purely synthetic sounds with extreme precision – resulting in intermittent light blasts within small acrylic structures. Whether he’s hatching inventive sound installations, musique concrète or live video art, the multidisciplinary Bernier is ever mindful of striking a delicate balance between intellect and sensuality, and between organic sounds and digital processing. Having showcased his work at Barcelona’s Sónar, Berlin’s Transmediale, Austria’s Ars Electronica and MUTEK 2008, Frequencies will be presented in international premiere.
Theatre du Nouveau Monde 28/05/2008
WORLD DEBUT Montreal native Nicolas Bernier went back to school in order to dedicate himself to his first love - digital creation. His eagerness for breaking new ground led him to live electronic music, installation and video art, as well as electro-acoustic composition, which he studied at the University of Montreal. At the heart of this eclecticism is a balance between intellect and sensuality, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. His compositions meld handmade beats with acoustic guitars and synthesizers, soothing pianos with harsh bleeps; the result is beautifully sculpted music. Nicolas works under his own name and as part of Milliseconde Topographie, an audio-visual duo with composer Delphine Measroch. Bernier is also the creator and creative force behind the artist collective Ekumen. This performance of 'Les Arbres' features: Violin by Pierre-Olivier Gaudreau / Violincello by Catherine Le Saunier / Vidéo by urban9