Jesse Osborne-Lanthier (Noir) (CA)

Although my vision shifts as I gain experience, the following are the constants of my work: My experiments attempt to be reminiscent of uncomfortable, ambiguous, forgotten, unsafe or conflicting human situations; all with the goal of relaying these experiences I deem most essential to others. I like to draw opposing concepts together; to make pieces that are at once abstract and relatable, disorienting and precise, warm and cold, rhythmic and arrhythmic. I don't pick favourites between tendencies like minimalism and saturation; I feel that both compliment and complete each other. I'm attracted to hybrids, and hybrids of those hybrids; to putting aspects of many genres together in order to create something new. Although my work does not adhere to a fixed formula, I can safely say that my process includes the programming of modular synthesizers, hybrid computer software and other sources which peak my interest in the particular moments in which I am composing. I use these to infinitely and randomly create sounds within set of parameters, causing the machines to self- regenerate and, in a way, take on a life of their own. It is by this method that I explore the duality between the mechanical and the organic. To add a dimension to my practice, I design diagrams, abstract illustrations and videos which compliment or inspire my musical pieces. In performance, it is synchronized lights, projections and my own dynamic movements which serve as a visual counterpart to my sound. I am a musician, sound-engineer, designer and visual artist. I have released on various record labels, collaborated with prominent and emerging artists, assisted in the production of many albums, composed soundtracks for short films and contemporary theatre pieces, performed at music and art festivals, as well as exhibited and performed in museums around the globe.

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MUTEK 2013, montreal

Monument-National 01/06/2013

Artiste autodidacte basé à Montréal, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier élabore de déconcertants mondes soniques en combinant synthés modulaires et programmes informatiques hybrides, tout en puisant aussi dans un riche arsenal d’enregistrements sur le terrain, d’instruments classiques, de bandes sonores et un assortiment de machines d’enregistrement. Ce faisant, Osborne-Lanthier conjure une réalité imaginaire vaguement menaçante qui opère en dehors des frontières de la musicalité. Sa pratique conceptuelle joue de plusieurs signaux contrastants — chauds et froids, précis et déconcertants, mécaniques et organiques, mélodiques et dissonants. Cette approche hybride génère un large spectre d’orchestrations d’outre monde, où ses instruments acquièrent une vie qui leur est propre. Osborne-Lanthier compose aussi des bandes sonores pour le cinéma et le théâtre contemporain, en plus de maintenir des collaborations avec des artistes tels que Hobo Cubes, Bernardino Femminielli et David Kristian. Après une performance à MUTEK l’an dernier sous l’égide du groupe Mor† (avec Matt Wadell et Sam Vipond), Osborne-Lanthier est de retour avec son projet solo, Noir, une collection de compositions AV minimales, comportant projections et lumières synchronisées.

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