Automatisme treats the frequencies of everyday life and the natural world as potential melodies to be conjured through machine and digital technologies. In the midst of these experiments in abstraction and synthesis, William Jourdain mines classical, jazz and dub to craft musical intersections of drone, ambient, electro-acoustic and noise.
As Automatisme since 2011, Jourdain has worked solo and collaborated with Yuri Mesko on twisting raw field recordings of car engines, strong winds and chainsaws into abstract sound worlds riddled with purposeful clicks and glitches, methodic beats and spatial drones. Even as an installation artist and painter, Jourdain rarely steps away from music (he also works in Saint-Hyacinthe’s Fréquences Le Disquaire record store), seeking out a multi-disciplinary approach where organic grapples with digital, art theory with practice, and abstract visual collaborations with other artists play a strong role in his aesthetic – as in his recent collaboration with visual artist Patrick Foisey, transposing sound into image for opus Momentform Accumulations. Following that project, Automatisme continues to create sound environments alongside improvised video as a way to explore temporal variations and timbre in motion.
Expect to be transported to Automatisme's realm of signal bending and source-material transformations in concert with cinematic visuals drawn from landscapes, ocean waves and clouds by artist Myriam Boucher, with reference to the urban field recordings of artist Patrick Foisy.