Falaises push the threshold where noise and tone harmonize and fall apart, where images fracture as sound scatters into chaos. Drawn to the edge of a digital precipice, and with all intentions to dive off, the audiovisual collective—whose name translates as “cliffs”—takes us deep into their conceptual abyss, where electroacoustic and modular inventions feed sound into real-time visuals strikingly situated within a reflective installation.
Unsurprisingly, the collective's artists are all prolific experimenters. Sound and performance artist and electroacoustic composer Alexis Langevin-Tétrault creates award-winning work through invented digital and electroacoustic technologies and the meticulous design of synthetic sounds—exploring and refining musical writing, sound timbre and conceptual thinking in the process. He has co-founded electroacoustic, post-rock and electronic projects including QUADr, Alexey Kawolski, BetaFeed and Recepteurz, works in sound design for theatre, film and video and, contributed to the development of multiphonic digital audio tools for the spatial immersion research group led by Robert Normandeau at the Université de Montréal. Award-winning electroacoustic composer Guillaume Côté explores his surroundings as well as the territorial, linguistic and social dynamics of Québec in narrative and abstract creations, using concrete, synthetic and vocal materials as well as modular systems. Like Langevin-Tétrault, he holds a master's degree in electroacoustic composition from the Université de Montréal. Through various mediums – installations, architectural projections, public interventions—visual artist Dave Gagnon questions the boundaries that define art in general, in search of what drives us to see beyond using our eyes. He's presented work throughout Québec, including at Image Mill, Montréal en Lumières, Mois Multi, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and Akousma14, as well as in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and Singapore.
The members of Falaises have performed at international festivals, galleries and underground events for over a decade, exploring the reaches of live performance, from improvisational quirks of invented equipment to physically demanding efforts to cull music from mechanical creations. Their performance at MUTEK stands halfway between conceptual art installation, real-time video construction and abstract noise show, disturbing sound, image and all expectations.