Artificiel

BEYOND6281: Exploring the light bulb as a sound source

Cinquième Salle/Place des Arts 31/05/2009

BEYOND6281 is an electro-acoustic installation that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding processed audio signals into powerful amplifiers, it is possible to bring the coil of large 1000W light bulbs into an excited state, producing an audible acoustic vibration. The sonorities are strange, the tungsten and glass materials of the bulbs acting like rich but band-limited filters.

This installation is an evolution of THE CONDEMNED_BULBS (2003), a large installation based on 64 light bulbs. After exploring the visual impact of a light grid deployed in a vast space, ARTIFICIEL was interested in pushing the sound of the work in order to bring in a more introverted, almost tactile atmosphere. Here, light is a consequence of sound, but sound is articulated in order to bring out a meaningful and intimate visual resonance. Sometimes allowing decipherable whispers and at other times purely synthetic tones, the bulbs tell their stories in five movements.

BEYOND6281 is conceived to be exhibited outside the circuit of traditional spaces.  For this reason, MUTEK presents this installation for the first time at Place des Arts.

BEYOND6281: Exploring the light bulb as a sound source

Cinquième Salle/Place des Arts 30/05/2009

BEYOND6281 is an electro-acoustic installation that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding processed audio signals into powerful amplifiers, it is possible to bring the coil of large 1000W light bulbs into an excited state, producing an audible acoustic vibration. The sonorities are strange, the tungsten and glass materials of the bulbs acting like rich but band-limited filters.

This installation is an evolution of THE CONDEMNED_BULBS (2003), a large installation based on 64 light bulbs. After exploring the visual impact of a light grid deployed in a vast space, ARTIFICIEL was interested in pushing the sound of the work in order to bring in a more introverted, almost tactile atmosphere. Here, light is a consequence of sound, but sound is articulated in order to bring out a meaningful and intimate visual resonance. Sometimes allowing decipherable whispers and at other times purely synthetic tones, the bulbs tell their stories in five movements.

BEYOND6281 is conceived to be exhibited outside the circuit of traditional spaces.  For this reason, MUTEK presents this installation for the first time at Place des Arts.

A/VISIONS 3: High Voltage

Monument-National 29/05/2009

[PREMIÈRE MONDIALE]

POWEr : performance audiovisuelle 45 min

POWEr est une performance basée sur les phénomènes acoustiques et visuels issus de dispositifs électriques à haut voltage. Utilisés comme matériau brut et objectif, ces phénomènes sont générés, captés, transformés et diffusés en direct sur scène, par l'entremise de processus numériques sonores et vidéo. Il n'y a pas de contenu préparé, l'électricité est utilisée comme instrument synesthésique puissant et subtile. Le rapport entre l'électron, le photon et la perturbation acoustique est inévitable. Cette contrainte définit le territoire expressif essentiel de la performance.

À mi-chemin entre la prestation musicale et la fresque médiatique, POWEr s'incrit en continuité dans la démarche d'artificiel. En poursuivant le travail sur les propriétés sonores de l'ampoule électrique dans bulbes (2003) et beyond6281 (2004) tout en intégrant la dimension performative de cubing (2006) et de artificiel.process() (2008), POWEr prend position et accepte le risque inhérent à l'imprévisiblité du matériau et à l'élaboration de structures musicales complexes en direct.

artificiel est un duo de création numérique basé à Montréal constitué de Alexandre Burton et Julien Roy. Ensemble, ils manipulent des concepts qui s'articulent en nouveaux médias, musique, et vidéo sous forme d'installations et de performance. Leur production est transversale et rejoint autant les milieux de la musique dite «sérieuse», de l'art visuel, et des manifestations d'art électronique.

Ce projet a reçu l'appui du Conseil des arts du Canada et du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. artificiel remercie Steve Ward pour sa contribution au développement du DRSSTC à fréquence asservie.

BEYOND6281: Exploring the light bulb as a sound source

Cinquième Salle/Place des Arts 29/05/2009

BEYOND6281 is an electro-acoustic installation that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding processed audio signals into powerful amplifiers, it is possible to bring the coil of large 1000W light bulbs into an excited state, producing an audible acoustic vibration. The sonorities are strange, the tungsten and glass materials of the bulbs acting like rich but band-limited filters.

This installation is an evolution of THE CONDEMNED_BULBS (2003), a large installation based on 64 light bulbs. After exploring the visual impact of a light grid deployed in a vast space, ARTIFICIEL was interested in pushing the sound of the work in order to bring in a more introverted, almost tactile atmosphere. Here, light is a consequence of sound, but sound is articulated in order to bring out a meaningful and intimate visual resonance. Sometimes allowing decipherable whispers and at other times purely synthetic tones, the bulbs tell their stories in five movements.

BEYOND6281 is conceived to be exhibited outside the circuit of traditional spaces.  For this reason, MUTEK presents this installation for the first time at Place des Arts.

NOCTURNE 2: MODERN HYPNOTISTS

Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 30/05/2008

WORLD DEBUT After critically acclaimed presentations of the Bulbes and Cubing projects, artificiel returns with the new live audio-visual performance artificiel.process('Martin Tétreault'). This Montreal unit, formed by Alexander Burton and Julien Roy, have created an expressive framework that allows for the manipulations and contextualizations of the sounds and images of different artists. For this first presentation of the artificiel.process, the artist Martin Tétreault joins the duo to play the role of special guest. He will bring along his one-of-a-kind mutant turntable with four tone arms. The result is a hypnotic and chaotic sonic universe, with plenty of sound but no records playing…. Martin Tétreault is an improvisational turntablist of international notoriety in the field of visual arts. His career is punctuated by numerous releases and performances with diverse collaborators such as Diane Labrosse, René Lussier, Jean Derome, Michel F Côté, I8U, Otomo Yoshihide, Kevin Drumm, Xavier Charles, Ikue Mori, and many others. At work since 1985, Tétreault’s methods these days explore the intrinsic qualities of the turntable: motoric noise, sonic excess, etc. This approach to noise permits him to respond to the question of what happens to authorial authority in the production of sound, and to invite these manifestations into the realm of electronic music.

A_VISION 2

Estación Indianilla 11/10/2007

With Cubing, Artificiel explores a world of relationship possibilities between colour and sound. The manipulation of simple Rubik'sâ cubes in front of small cameras sets off a chain of introspective synthesis and digital treatment. The cube becomes, in effect, an intuitively controllable instrument, yet precision still factors in. The correspondence between the interpreter's gestures and the subsequent sound framework is presented to the public using videographic representation of the analytical and controlling process.This MUTEK performance constitutes the first public appearance of Cubing in its final configuration and marks the final stage of development and creation of the project.Forming the Montreal collective Artificiel, are Alexandre Burton, Jimmy Lakatos and Julien Roy; their research and creation relates to the connectivity aspect of new media and digital art. It is this common thread uniting their respective creative resources that allows them to venture well beyond the boundaries of their individual specialities. Their work has been presented at festivals and museums such as Sónar, Ars Electronica and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Cubing is their third project (following Circulation in 2001 and Condemned Bulbes in 2003) and their first development exclusively designed for performance.

A/VISIONS 1

Ex-Centris 31/05/2006

With Cubing, Artificiel explores a world of relationship possibilities between colour and sound. The manipulation of simple Rubik'sâ cubes in front of small cameras sets off a chain of introspective synthesis and digital treatment. The cube becomes, in effect, an intuitively controllable instrument, yet precision still factors in. The correspondence between the interpreter's gestures and the subsequent sound framework is presented to the public using videographic representation of the analytical and controlling process.This MUTEK performance constitutes the first public appearance of Cubing in its final configuration and marks the final stage of development and creation of the project.Forming the Montreal collective Artificiel, are Alexandre Burton, Jimmy Lakatos and Julien Roy; their research and creation relates to the connectivity aspect of new media and digital art. It is this common thread uniting their respective creative resources that allows them to venture well beyond the boundaries of their individual specialities. Their work has been presented at festivals and museums such as Sónar, Ars Electronica and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Cubing is their third project (following Circulation in 2001 and Condemned Bulbes in 2003) and their first development exclusively designed for performance.

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