International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music
WHO: Montréal-based electroacoustic and audiovisual performance quartet of Pierre-Luc Lecours, Myriam Boucher, Lucas Paris and Alexis Langevin-Tétrault
STYLE: Ambient and percussion-driven electroacoustic compositions, sound experiments on modular synths and hand-made digital and mechanical instruments, audio-reactive visual projections
LATEST WORK: Live performances in 2016 at Eastern Bloc and at Québec City’s Mois Multi media art festival
MORE: Performing audiovisual composition /cYcle at MUTEK 2016, played on modified bicycle wheels
MUTEKs: Lucas Paris and Alexis Langevin-Tétrault as BetaFeed at MUTEK Cabaret, Vancouver: 2015
A compositional force of Montréal artists performing in fierce unison, QUADr uses foley techniques, modular synthesizers, graphics tablets and visual projections to build an abstract, dark and intense audiovisual narrative. At the forefront of technological experimentation and musical innovation, the quartet grounds itself in the musical interplay between performers, creating a palpable on-stage energy.
QUADr fuses the talents of post-rock, acousmatic and electronic music composers and performers Pierre-Luc Lecours, Myriam Boucher, Lucas Paris and Alexis Langevin-Tétrault. A self taught musician who went on to study electroacoustic composition at the Université de Montréal, Lecours has produced several albums and film soundtracks, theatre scores and digital applications over a wide range of æsthetics, winning the Destellos Foundation Electroacoustic Compositions Competition and a SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. Inspired by natural phenomena, Boucher merges the organic and synthetic in her electroacoustic music, videomusic, performance and audiovisual installations, recently winning awards at the JIM Electroacoustic Compositions Competition and Bourse Euterke, as well as performing at Montréal’s Igloofest. With recent prizes at the Klang! 2015 international composition competition, as well as a creative coder and multimedia artist, Paris develops custom digital tools that push the artistic limits of current technologies to express visually and musically, and has collaborated with Pierre Michaud, Jean Piché and Herman Kolgen. Langevin-Tétrault, also known as Alexeï Kawolski, BetaFeed (with Paris), Recepteurz and Destaël, composes music for film and theatre, and has been recognized for his experimental sound work by the Fondation Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Composition and the SOCAN Foundation.
QUADr brings modified bicycle wheels and altered electronics to the MUTEK stage this year to perform ensemble audiovisual composition /cYcle, an array of electronic sounds from deep impacts to bowed strings harmonies, revealing new instruments and musical interactions as the show unfolds.