dull & Friends

dull & Friends (FR/CA)

NOCTURNE 5
MUTEK 2016, montreal

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) - BWR Room
05/06/2016

WHO: Canadian-French musician, sound designer and DJ Marc Bartissol
STYLE: Underground experimental techno, abstract and narrative compositions for piano, vocals and electronics
LATEST WORK: Remix of Alicia Hush’s Cingulate Shuffle on The Slightest Inkling (2015), self-released tracks (2016)
LABELS: Hushlamb
MORE: dull co-creates an audiovisual performance for MUTEK with visual artists Devon Spencer Levine and Rob Feulner

dull defies his chosen name in minimalist music that unfolds slowly, taking backroads and sinking boats on an epic journey through experimental electronic and acoustic territory. Playing with the familiarity of daily sounds, he creates ambiguities through juxtaposition and texture and draws listeners into a mysteriously intimate, lush sonic environment of muffled vocals, idiosyncratic piano and loose rhythms.

Growing up with American and French parents in a small village in France near Marseille, Bartissol played classical and jazz piano and cultivated a love of the arts that lead him to Montréal for film school in 2009. There he discovered sound design as a means for storytelling – at the same time he slipped into the city’s underground electronic music scenes, soon DJing with collectives such as Ground Zero, Hushlamb, Eliptik, Blackbox and ECHOisONE, and producing his own music. Although he mainly works on personal projects, he’s scored pieces by contemporary dance choreographers Heather Stewart and Andrea Peña and has created music to accompany fashion shows by Montréal designers such as m0851, Jarre and minimalist Travis Taddeo.

dull comes to MUTEK with a new live show textured in original sounds, dusty sampling, delay and improvisation. Visual artist and photographer Devon Spencer Levine and visual artist Rob Feulner (here working with magnetic tape) create similarly evocative and unsuspected daydream-like images in concert with dull’s sound.

Photo by Brice Portolano.

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