CD + Digital
Edition of 400
Returning to LINE after her critically acclaimed 2012’s Valence (LINE_054), France Jobin brings us the four sparse elegant works that comprise Singulum.
Quantum physics inspires me to draw a parallel between the fundamental building blocs of physics, sounds and music. I put field recordings through a series of editing and manipulation processes which result in very different sounds from their origins. These manipulations affect time, timbre, harmonics and the essence of each sound, whereas composition influences how they relate to each other.
Singulum represents an unattainable goal, the process of decay while conserving a continuation of information.
All sounds recorded at various locations in North America, Europe, and Japan and at EMS (Stockholm) using the Serge and the Buchla 200 modular synthesizers as well as the Nord Modular.
Cover image: Mark Hogben.
Thank you to EMS (Stockholm), Sporobole (Sherbrooke), EMPAC (Troy), Andreas Tilliander, Argeo Ascani, Fabio Perletta (Farmacia 901), Ennio Mazonn (CConfin).
Special thanks to Richard Chartier and Mark Hogben.
1. n (16:58)
2. l (06:30)
3. m (08:55)
4. s (13:35)
LP (180g Heavy Vinyl)
Edition of 300
September 21st 2014
Field recordings in Fukuoka and in Yanagawa during a boat ride in the canals.
Created entirely with actual field recordings gathered while on tour in Japan, sans repères explores the possibilities brought forth in the absence of absolute points of reference.
Sachiko, Shuhei, Riku, Tatsuki and Arata Miyagi, Keiichiro Shibuya, Sho Nakao, Yu Fuji, Kenta Inamasu, duenn, “quiet eating machine” (Takahiro Horie & Kennichiro Sakai), Yuki Aida, Emi Aida special thanks to Jun Iijima, who let me record his piano during sound check in Tokyo @ Super Deluxe, which i processed for this album.
The Illusion of Infinitesimal
Edition of 500
February 11th 2014
Perfection and Uncertainty
The thing about France Jobin’s music that never fails to impress is that it works on so many levels. Listen to it at the threshold of perception (the way it is mastered) or at very high volume, on headphones or through loudspeakers, and you will hear new sonic relationships, new structures, a new logic every time. Things simultaneously are and aren’t as they seem; sounds you hear are and aren’t really there.
Montréal sound/installation artist France Jobin has come a long way since her days as a blues keyboardist in the 1980s. In 1999, after a hiatus that lasted a decade, during which she raised two sons, she turned to experimental electronic music of the very quiet, rumbling, abstracted kind, and started performing and releasing music under the moniker i8u. Slowly but with great assurance, she built a much-lauded career and kept on refining her art, ever digging deeper into the core of sound. When the revered LINE label offered her an album (Valence) in 2012, she abandoned her alias and started using her own name.
In her own words:
«The Illusion of Infinitesimal represents another chance to refine the unique essence of each sound and composition, in an effort to better communicate intent without influencing its unfolding, a delicate balance between perfection and detachment.
A parallel could be drawn from particles of matter, which, “as far as we know, are infinitesimal points of zero size, yet they have measurable amounts of angular momentum. Does the concept of rotation even make sense for a featureless speck? Angular momentum seems to be a more foundational concept than rotation itself. The angular momentum, or spin, of a single particle is restricted in strange ways. It can have only certain values, and not all values are allowed for all particles.” (1)
Perfection and uncertainty.»
(1) Collage of quotes from Jim Pivarski, “Spin”, Symmetry Magazine, March 2013.
CD + Digital
Edition of 500
February 14th 2012
LINE is proud to present a new work by Montreal sound artist France Jobin. Having released under her moniker i8u, Valence is her first release under her own name. Created entirely from transformed field recordings, this collection of three compositions has an elegant flowing simplicity. Slow harmonic modulations of a similar essence to the works of Eliane Radigue and Celer.
Valence is inspired by both the valence bond (VB) and molecular orbital (MO) theories.
An atomic orbital is a mathematical function that describes the wave-like behavior of either one electron or a pair of electrons in an atom. This function can be used to calculate the probability of finding any electron of an atom in any specific region around the atom’s nucleus. The term may also refer to the physical region defined by the function where the electron is likely to be.
Often, my compositions start with a feeling or emotional state. There is a likelihood of finding a certain emotion in a piece, but it is not guaranteed, nor do I know exactly when or where I will find it. The act of looking for that emotion in of itself will distort it. Although one would think experimental music grants complete freedom, when composing, I feel constrained by both my mental state and the way in which I build the piece.
I find an unlikely parallel in quantum theory and composing. The electron that can exist on a different orbital plain can never have it’s velocity measured or even its exact location known, due to the intimate connection between particles and waves in the wacky world of subatomic dimensions.
All sounds recorded at various locations in North America and Europe.
Special thanks to Richard Chartier and Mark Hogben.
Cover image by Mark Hogben.
S orbital 27:41
P orbital 22:12
D orbital 18:21
out November 16.2011 on Murmur Records (Japan)
Surface tension is a new “sound sculpture” from renown audio installation artist i8u aka France Jobin. Based on field recordings taken from Canada and the EU, the prolific Jobin freely integrates digital, analog, glitch and drone into a field of aural vision that simultaneously exhibits micro and macro perspectives on a complex, yet inviting, environmental theme.
i8u’s art is about juxtapositions, analogue to digital, aural to visual, technological to philosophical. Her installations can often be experienced in live events and festivals across the Canada, the United States, South America and Europe.
01. water 72.86
02. toluene 28.52
03. ethanol 22.29
i8u’s 29 Palms takes its inspiration from her recent experience at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. Through the use of field recordings, various analog equipment and computer processing, i8u explores her response to the isomorphic spaces she encountered. 29 Palms takes form as a single track that ebbs and flows from high frequency minimalist moments to lush drone swells. These counterpoints weave together to create a truly unique space for the listener to inhabit that is both expansive in its emptiness and personal in its inclusive embrace.
NVO 022 christophe charles / i8u
unter den linden / und transit
unter den linden
The “Grundton” of this 30-minute composition is the recording of the concert given at SND STUDIOS SHEFFIELD (UK) in March 2009, entitled “Why is there something rather than nothing?” by Mark Fell and powered with d&b speakers by Tony Myatt (MRC, University of York). The sounds of planes have been recorded in Mallorca (Spain) in 1987, and in Pilat (France) in 2009. This music comes after HCDC, composed in November 2008 after the death of Daniel Charles – his last days were darkened by breathing difficulties, hence the overall presence of the “wind”. The last five minutes were composed in 1987 with telephone bells, a silo and a Spanish garbage truck, under the name “unter den linden”. The piece is not related with Berlin, but with Jules Massenet’s “Sous les tilleuls” (from “Scenes alsaciennes” where bells are heard in a distance and thus modified by the wind), and evokes a peaceful atmosphere just before the bombs begin to fall.
Christophe Charles, September 2009
This world of ours is one relative world. Any number of other possible or actual worlds are conceivable. Each such world is able to reflect all the others without ceasing
to be the real world that it is of itself.
The conceptual framework of “und transit” was conceived while taking part in a 3 months artist residency in Krems, Austria (2008/09). While in transit (daily walks) to my studio, I was inspired by a particular passageway in Minoritenplatz.
Like most passageways, which are a means to an end – and are rarely treated as an end in itself – I was immediately struck by the loneliness and practicality of this space as well as the capacity of the users to ignore it on a daily basis. During the course of my residency I collected a number of field recordings in and around Krems, in order to create a series of soundscapes based on Minoritenplatz’s sound of emptiness through the means of a quadraphonic installation.
These compositions represent some of the pieces composed for “und transit”.
i8u (France Jobin)
Follow your bliss.
selected passages / set.grey
i8u’s 10-33 cm is a audio work of varied proportion and calculated shape. Based
on the ideas associated with String Theory, this latest offering from Canada’s
France Jobin is a compelling meditation on the nature of sound in time.
“10-33 cm is the theoretical size of the strings that makes up the universe.” Jobin
explains, “Resonance is the vibrational pattern, which determines what kind of
particle the string is, and thus the type of particle is the movement of the string
and the energy associated with this movement.”
With 10-33 cm, Jobin creates a shimmering mirror that reflects on our somewhat
limited understanding of these strings as they slip in and out of the dimensions
we are aware of. More so, each of the pieces suggests a visionary ‘vibration chart’,
that explores the possible resonances of these theoretic discourses.
Through sound, i8u’s explorations of String Theory are made almost tactile – a
refined bridge between rhetoric and creation.
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diffraction | NET | Vague terrain 05 | i8u
Vagueterrain.net the Toronto-based digital arts quarterly, has just
launched its fifth issue: vague terrain 05: minimalism.This issue is
dedicated to an exploration of minimalism and technology through various
texts and multimedia projects which document and explore reductionism.
minimalism in 100 words or less
If there is one thing that is certain about minimalism it is that you need to use less than 100 or more than 5000 words to discuss the subject. We’ve brought together a diverse range of work which explores minimalism through sound, time and space, questions the use of technology, traces genealogy and discusses methodology. Please take some time to explore the body of work we’ve curated. Enjoy!
Greg J. Smith & Neil Wiernik, Toronto
This diverse body of work contains contributions spanning multiple
mediums from: aidan baker, bleupulp, clinker, granny’ark, greg j. smith,
gregory shakar, i8u, jan jelinek (interview by greg j. smith), martin
john callanan, michaela schwentner, monolake (interview by corina
macdonald), patrick lichty, steven read and tobias c. van veen.
photo by Mark Hogben