Intrication No. 916 – Stray Landings

Intrication No.916|   CD-Digital | February 2018

France Jobin’s latest work, Intrication, takes its cues from aspects of quantum theory I’m not going to pretend to understand with much coherence. In essence, the album looks at a process known as ‘quantum entanglement’; when particles interact in such a way that the quantum state of each cannot be described without reference to the other. The album puts the tiniest fragments under the microscope, revealing within them kaleidoscopic expanses.

Despite the fact Intrication explores these scientific complexities, it could equally be replicating religious or near-death experiences. ‘m’ is a good example of this reverent quality; like an interlude from a cLOUDDEAD track stretched to the extreme. ‘03V’ follows a similar mood, delicate sun-blushed washes of ambience lightly brushing past. Playing into France’s concept for the album, this track forms part of a larger picture. The ‘V’ stands for ‘vignette’, and ‘01V’ to ‘04V’ are interspersed between the rest of the tracks, acting as a familiar motif throughout.

While these act as palette cleansing interludes, the tracks between cover more wide-ranging territory. One of the albums greatest nuances is the combination of natural and synthetic tones. Take ‘graviton’ for example, a glorious combination of warm, expansive dub-ambience and microcopic static pulses. Perhaps the crux of Intrication, ‘e-‘, is another case in point. Delicate chimes ring across the stereo field, gentle reverberations rising and falling abruptly in the backdrop. These resonant twinkles are eventually met by undulating low-end structures, the chimes dissolving into itching twitches of static.

It’s fitting Intrication sees its release on Material Object and Atom™’s ‘No.’ label. Throughout his own work Atom™ has explored similar mediations between the scientific and the psychedelic (take a listen to his mid-90s DATacide project for example). Speaking with France about her interpretation of quantum entanglement through the album, she discussed applying the same concept to the relationship between sound and our perception of it. At this point the question becomes almost a philosophical one; as we are presented with the possibility that each of our perceptions may differ, although still pertaining to the same ‘real world’ sound. Whatever our sensory differences might be however, there is a joyous sense of wonder and cosmic discovery to be found throughout Intrication; a considered tribute to the unknown.

Theo Darton Moore (February 2018) Stray Landings



Subharmonic: Symposium of Sonic Arts

Live 6 channel concert at PICA – March 23rd – 6:00 pm
Field recording workshop March 24th – 11:00am
Panel: Exploring Sonic Practices March 24th 3:30 -5:30

Subharmonic: A Sonic Arts Symposium spans two immersive days of interactive workshops, thought-provoking panels, and live performances for artists and audiences of all experience levels to explore, discuss, and engage with a broad range of contemporary and experimental sound art and its influences. Programs will touch on electronic and noise music, video and light installation, film and video, space and architecture, racial and gender equity in the field, and more.

Both local and global critical ideas and creative practices will be shared, with a keynote presentation by sound art curator and practitioner France Jobin (Montréal) and performances and conversations featuring numerous local artists. Collaboratively curated by a consortium of local arts organizations and collectives, the full scope of symposium activity reflects a commitment to amplifying underrepresented voices in sound art and highlighting the depth and diversity of sonic art landscape, practices, and communities in Portland and beyond.

Schedule of Events

Friday, March 23

5:00 PM – Doors

5:30 PM – Opening Performance by SAMPLE, Portland State University, Laptop Ensemble

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – SIX is a Portland, Oregon based, DIY, community-oriented, “surround sound” performance series with an emphasis on presenting local, regional, and international experimental musicians/sound artists in a multi-directional immersive listening environment. SIX offers the audience an opportunity to explore different ways of listening. For many participants SIX is a unique chance to explore performing through six separate channels. This will be the 12th SIX since 2008. Artists: Reese Bowes (Reliqs)Sage Fisher (Dolphin Midwives) + Chloe AlexandraMarcus Fischer, and a keynote presentation by France Jobin

Saturday, March 24

10:00 AM – Doors and Coffee

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Field recording workshops facilitated by Burke JamFrance Jobin, and Chloe Alexandra. This workshop will involve groups of 15-20 participants, organized into a recording walk. Each group will explore sounds found within walking radius of PICA. Exploring natural, industrial, and climatological, acoustic ecologies, the workshop will focus on basic recording techniques, ways of listening, DIY tools and unconventional recording technologies. RSVP REQUIRED – USE THIS FORM TO SAVE YOUR SPOT.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – SIX Installation / Interactive Demo 15 minute demonstration of several sound-making objects which are amplified with contact mics, and mixed into the six-channel setup followed by a Q+A with Marcus Fischer and hands-on sound-making and panning to provide an experience that connects the soundmaking with the multi-channel possibilities.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Using Your Voice With Modular Synthesizer
Facilitated by the S1 Synth Library and Alissa DeRubeis
20 Students, All Ages
In this hour long interactive workshop we will explore using voice in conjunction with modular synthesizers. We will cover some basic concepts and a simple signal flow we can use to patch our voice to a eurorack modular synth. Everyone will be encouraged to use their voice and turn knobs! RSVP REQUIRED – USE THIS FORM TO SAVE YOUR SPOT.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Experimental Sound Collage with CDJS
Facilitated by the S1 Synth Library and Daniela Karina
20 students, All Ages
In this hour long interactive workshop we will explore sound collage and layering with multiple DJ set-ups. We will cover basic concepts of using CDJS and explore as a group to create soundscapes and unexpected layers & rhythms from field recordings, samples, and more. RSVP REQUIRED – USE THIS FORM TO SAVE YOUR SPOT.

3:30 – 5:30 PM – Exploring Sonic Practices
Artist Share and Discussion with Jamondria HarrisShannon FunchessAmenta AbiotoChristi DentonAnna VoMyles de Bastion, and France JobinThis panel will be ASL interpreted.

8:30 PM – 12:00 AM – S1 presents a night of new collaborative performances: Indira Valey + Kevin HoldenFelisha Ledesma + keyon gaskinAlex Ian Smith + Angelo HarmsworthDJ Black Daria + Daniela Karina

Subharmonic: A Sonic Arts Symposium is generously supported by PICAS1PSU School of MusicSonic Arts and Music Technology ProgramSchool of Art and Design, SIX, and Friends of Noise

Scènes LINE_ 093 – Fluid Radio (UK)

Scènes LINE_ 093|   Digital | November 2017

The various interlocking scenes of experimental and ambient music are geographically dispersed but nonetheless close-knit, and the effects of significant events in these genres ripple out far and wide. Such was the case with the untimely death of Mika Vainio, a founder of Pan Sonic and producer of numerous landmark recordings under his own name and the moniker Ø, in April 2017. “scènes” is Canadian sound artist France Jobin’s tribute to her friend, offered in her own distinctive language of minimalist ambient music.

The album fades in with a warm breathing chord, joined later by steadier tones. The music is quiet and subdued, barely there at times, before returning with slightly more intensity. The second ‘scène’ is more present, with major key tones gently tumbling over one another. A repeating melodic motif injects more energy, though the piece remains fairly quiet. The sense of calm and peace is palpable across the first half of the album, derived from major key harmony, low volume, and an unhurried pace.

The minor-key drone and fluttering, trembling tones of ‘scène 3’ make it the only track on the album to resemble a typical musical expression of grief. Mid-way through the piece, the drone fades almost to the point of inaudibility, then returns with stiller, more stable tones, losing some of the earlier distraught quivering. ‘scène 4’ also flutters, but rather than sounding distraught instead pulses with energy; to me, its driving rhythms feel like a positive celebration and affirmation of life. Music needn’t shy away from pain or grief, but it is also able to remind us why we struggle. “scènes” is able to look sorrow in the eye, but at the same time remembers the good, and holds on tightly to the light.

Nathan Thomas (February 2018)

Intrication on No.








FORMAT: Limited edition CD and Digital release
RELEASE: Feb 22 2018

Pre order the limited edition CD or Digital release here

No. welcomes Canadian France Jobin to the label. 

The Montreal based artist will release her 9th album on No.. With her release entitled ‘Intrication’, she grapples with some truly cosmic concepts involving Quantum Entanglement (go on, Google it..) amongst other truly magical ideas which physics tend to invent these days.

Musically the release can be described as ‘microsound ambient’ but we think it’s much larger than that. It is at once comprised of microscopic sonic particles yet combines that with the warmth we know and love from the ‘Ambient’ cosmos.

Whilst the sub atomic particles of noise bounce around your mind, the total work weaves a warm blanket of audio enjoyment on both the micro and macroscopic levels revealing a world at once both too tiny to comprehend and too large to grasp. Presented here as No. 916 for your scientific scrutiny.

releases February 22, 2018 

Produced by France Jobin.
Cover Image by Mark Hogben.
Artwork by Material Object.
Mastering by Atom™.


Imaginarni pejzaži – Featuring France Jobin

December 18.2017 – 22:40 – RADIO-TELEVIZIJA SRBIJE


U večerašnjoj emisiji predstavićemo ostvarenja kanadske autorke Frans Žoben, pre svega numere sa njenog najnovijeg albuma „Scene”, kao i sa ostvarenja „Singulum” i „Bez repera”.

Frans Žoben je umetnica i kompozitorka iz Montreala, koja se bavi i stvaranjem elektronskih kompozicija i zvučnih instalacija, u koje inkorporira muzičke i vizuelne elemente inspirisane arhitekturom. Njena dela su izlagana širom sveta, a takođe je objavljivala za neke od vodećih kuća posvećenih elektronskoj muzici poput Bake/Štalplat, RumForti, Baksaru, Mjutek i drugih, sarađujući sa Štefanom Matjuom, Rijodžijem Ikedom, Markom Felom i Ričardom Šartijeom. Dobitnica je prestižne kanadske nagrade Opus za koncert godine u okviru kategorije elektroakustike, za nastup na festivalu AKUZMA 8.

Album Scene ova umetnica je objavila 17. novembra za kuću L-INE Imprint. Ovo ostvarenje je posvećeno finskom muzičaru Miki Vainiju, koji je preminuo u aprilu, i koji je bio njen dobar prijatelj. Žoben je kao jedino obrazloženje ponudila sledeće reči: „Značaj promene je nepromenljivo, pod uslovima linearnog vremena, večnost će doneti utehu”.

Urednica Ksenija Stevanović


Interview – episode 5: fragile beauty guest: france jobin

Wednesday, December 20th 2017 @ 10pm eastern time

A new interview with France Jobin, conducted by Derek Piotr for his weekly radio show BEAUTY will air Wednesday, December 20th 2017 @ 10pm eastern time.

Includes an exclusive short djmix by France featuring tracks by pinkcourtesyphonematerial objectatomTM and evala.

B E A U T Y = beamed electronically across underlying true yearning

tune in on

the show will be uploaded on mixcloud

every wednesday 10pm eastern time

Derek and France will discuss the meaning of beauty, sound, field recordings and all matter of the unknown!

episode 5: fragile beauty guest: france jobin 

toshi ichiyanagi – music for living space (1969)
rnn_lstm – neural network tries to generate english speech
bass communion – ghosts on magnetic tape (liles reconstruction – part i)
i8u – grasshopper morphine

france jobin – 3_m
france jobin – scène 4

***france plays dj***
pinkcourtesyphone – wishful wistful wanton – Foley Folly Folio – LINE_SEG01
material object – synthesis – Alive01 – No.915
atomTM – riding the void – HD – Raster-Noton – R-N 147
evala – crackling/hush – acoustic bend – Port- PTCD005


Scènes on LINE


Performance – Espace cercle carré

Nov.20.2017 – An evening of digital arts performances curated by Guillaume Côté

ESPACE CERCLE CARRÉ accueille, le vendredi 10 novembre 2017 dès 20 h, les artistes Dominic Thibault, France Jobin, Patrick Saint-Denis, Preston Beebe pour une soirée de performances audiovisuelles.

20h : Patrick St-Denis
20h30 : Dominic Thibault
21h : Preston Beebe
21h30 : France Jobin

ESPACE CERCLE CARRÉ accueille, le vendredi 10 novembre 2017 dès 20 h, les artistes Dominic Thibault, France Jobin, Patrick Saint-Denis, Preston Beebe pour une soirée de performances audiovisuelles.

36, rue Queen
Montreal, Quebec
20h : Patrick St-Denis
20h30 : Dominic Thibault
21h : Preston Beebe
21h30 : France Jobin



Dominic Thibault est un musicien électronique, un compositeur, un improvisateur, un enseignant, membre du duo Tout Croche, codirecteur du label The Silent Howl. Sa musique se situe à la croisée de la musique concrète, du noise, du techno et du paysage sonore. Il nous présentera une pièce pour modules de traitement désuets et vidéo.



France Jobin est à la fois artiste audio, compositrice et commissaire. Son art qualifié de «sculpture sonore » se distingue par une approche minimaliste aux environnements sonores, à l’intersection de l’analogue et du numérique. Ses installations empruntent un parcours parallèle, intégrant des éléments musicaux et visuels inspirés par l’architecture des lieux. On peut « vivre l’expérience » de ses installations et concerts live dans une variété d’espaces non conventionnels tels que des festivals de musique et de nouvelles technologies au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Amérique du Sud, en Afrique du Sud, en Europe et au Japon.



Patrick Saint-Denis est un compositeur travaillant principallement en art sonore et en scénographie interactive. Ses oeuvres vont de l’installation vidéo à la machinerie robotisée à grande échelle. Son travail est régulièrement présenté en concert, en exposition et en danse tant à Montréal qu’à l’étranger. Il est chargé de cours en musique visuelle et en lutherie numérique à l’Université de Montréal depuis 2010.


Preston détient une maîtrise en composition musicale à l’Université McGill ainsi qu’un Baccalauréat en composition de musique électronique et performance de percussion à l’Université de la Floride du Sud. De 2014 à 2015, il compose un travail pour le baryton Axophone et électronique vivante présentée au centre G. Pompidou à Paris. De plus, il codéveloppe le SpectraSurface,une interface de percussion numérique qui utilise l’extraction de fonctions audio pour contrôler la synthèse du son. En 2011, il sort un album de musique acousmatique, Glisten.


Tarif régulier : 10$
Tarif étudiant: 5$





Influencé par ce qui l’entoure, le compositeur électroacoustique Guillaume Côté explore, à travers un mélange de matériaux concrets, synthétiques et vocaux, les dynamiques territoriales, linguistiques et sociales propres au Québec.

Il est titulaire d’une maîtrise en composition électroacoustique de l’Université de Montréal sous la tutelle de Robert Normandeau.

Éclectique, sa recherche artistique repose non seulement sur la rencontre de l’Autre par un discours musical aux visées narrative ou informative, mais aussi sur l’abstraction induite par les systèmes modulaires.

Cofondateur de la boîte de création audionumérique Trames, il collabore avec plusieurs artistes tels que Samuel Bobony (Black Givre), Guillaume Campion (Archipel), Lucie Leroux (Empreintes) Dave Gagnon (L’Autre) et Alexis Langevin-Tétrault (Falaises).

singulum LINE_075 – etherREAL (FR)

LINE_075 | CD + Digital | limited edition of 400 | February 2016

Février 2016, le label Line sortait 2 albums, le premier de Tomas Phillips, plus expérimental, et le second de France Jobin, plus doux, plus porté sur l’ambient. Si nous avons déjà parlé de ces deux artistes, notre préférence se portera ici sur le travail de la Canadienne dont on apprécie tout particulièrement l’approche à la fois expérimentale et sensible.

Singulum est composé de 4 titres, simplement intitulés nlm et s, justement des lettres qui composent le titre de l’album. Sur la forme, on trouve 2 titres de 7-8mn enserrés entre les deux autres de 14-18mn, des durées en phase avec le style ambient du disque, dans une tendance minimale.
Commençons avec les 17mn de n, un titre sur lequel on a spontanément envie de revenir. Débutant dans un quasi silence, il dévoile progressivement des tonalités scintillantes et régulières, et quelques glitchs éraillés, fins, précis, comme des erreurs, comme si l’image sautait pendant une vidéo. Disparaissant lentement, ils nous laissent petit à petit avec une ambient minimale, les doux flottements d’une nappe synthétique.

S’il est plus court, l semble être construit selon le même schéma, avec ce qui ressemble d’abord à de réguliers accords de cordes, ponctués de petits frétillements métalliques. Mais à 2mn de la fin c’est une nappe-drone imposante qui s’installe pour un long final statique.
Plus discret, m s’appuie sur des nappes métallisées, d’abord oscillantes et lumineuses avant de se stabiliser sur une teinte plus minérale. Mais là encore, c’est l’apaisement que l’on retrouve sur un superbe final, plus classique et synthétique.

L’album se termine avec les 14mn de s qui se distingue par un son plus grave, une sorte de drone lointain qui nous fait penser au lent passage d’un avion dans le ciel. Il s’agit là du morceau le plus linéaire, le plus statique, qui retrouve la lumière sur sa deuxième moitié et l’arrivée de lents accords mélodiques. Une fin naturelle, comme un cœur qui ralentit avant de cesser de battre, concluant un superbe album.

Fabrice Allard (October 2017)