International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music
WHO: Montréal-based electronic improvisation duo Félix-Antoine Morin and Maxime Corbeil-Perron
STYLE: Experimental electroacoustic journeys, wall-to-wall oscillation, transcendence through analog and digital sound forms
LATEST WORK: Oro Axe (2014)
LABELS: Kohlenstoff Records
MORE: Live performance features kinetic visuals by film and video artist Karl Lemieux, known for his work with Godspeed You! Black Emperor
MUTEKs: Maxime Corbeil-Perron’s Ghostly projections at MUTEK_IMG, Montréal: 2013
Somewhere between cosmic minimal techno and abstract sound art, Political Ritual’s high toned oscillations, unpredictable frequency manipulation and dark drones form a hypnotic mantra – though their benedictions don’t last long, breaking in a cathartic crescendo or a cacophony of percussion that resolves in silence. Pushing the boundaries of abstraction, these expert improvisors in analog modular and digital synthesis incorporate invented wind instruments, traditional Balinese percussion, field recordings and digital signal processing into their compositions, intent on shaping a transcendent listening experience.
Political Ritual build their music in architectural and woven layers of harmony and polarity, arranging ethereal drone next to hard edged buzz or cinematic movements alongside pummelling beats. With live performance as their backdrop, Félix-Antoine Morin and Maxime Corbeil-Perron took to the studio in 2014 for their first album. Corbeil-Perron is a multidisciplinary artist who has created film and video work and interactive installations shown at international events and festivals, as well as making electroacoustic and mixed-media music as Le Pélican Noir and solo – he also started a PhD at the Université de Montréal in fall 2015. A visual artist as well as an electroacoustic composer, Morin works solo and collaborates with contemporary choreographers, videographers and several other musicians, finding inspiration for his poetic creations in the processual components of traditional and sacred music.
Political Ritual has played arresting audiovisual shows at several underground venues in Montréal and at last year’s Suoni Per Il Popolo music festival, where complex, far out experiments in sound and vision are not only welcome but expected. After recently recording a followup full length for release in mid-2016, Political Ritual stages a powerful new live performance in MUTEK’s enveloping BWR space.