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In refined electroacoustic compositions and experiments in digital audio technologies – and unique new instruments that combine the two – Alexis Langevin-Tétrault reveals his meticulous approach to exploring synth sounds, sound timbre and conceptual concepts that couple music with social and political issues.
Langevin-Tétrault integrates dynamics of live music from post-rock and acousmatic sound explorations into electronic music genres that don't often venture into such performative territory. His collaborative work with groups such as QUADr and BetaFeed (with artists Lucas Paris, Pierre-Luc Lecours and Myriam Boucher) fuses experimental music to its technological means and to audiovisual performance, using objects-turned-instruments, foley techniques, modular synthesizers, graphics tablets and visual projections to build an abstract and intense narrative. Yet his musical practice comes down to pure sound in his award-winning solo electroacoustic compositions, tangling with octophonic variations of a single sound, rhizomatic writing and sound hybridisation. He applies a similarly deft ear in his work in sound design for theatre, film and video, and video games. Meanwhile, under the moniker Alexeï Kawolski, he's prolifically self-released experimental minimal electronic albums since 2009, inspired by politics, acts of resistance and literature by Dostoevsky and Camus.
Langevin-Tétrault offers an action-oriented allegory of freedom in our modern interconnected world by progressively building Interférences (String Network) on stage: a unique and imposing audiovisual string instrument that interprets his electro-acoustic composition in real-time while setting off an audio-reactive play of light.