Review – 10-33cm (ROOM40) 2008 – by Guillermo Escudero, loop

i8u – 10-33cm (MP3 by Room40) 2008

La artista sonora de Montreal France Jobin explora en “10-33 cm” la Teoría de las Cuerdas como primera fuente sonora. Esto trata del “patrón de vibración que define el tipo de partes que compone la cuerda es y de esta forma el tipo de parte que es el movimiento de la cuerda y la energía asociada con dicho movimiento”, en palabras de esta artista.
La música está en la frontera entre el silencio, zumbido y las partes granulares del sonido. Ciertos pasajes suenan como improvisaciones con una diminuta percusión a través de errores de lectura digital, pero la mayor parte del disco son drones con emergentes sutiles melodías.

-Guillermo Escudero


Montreal’s based sound artist France Jobin explores on “10-33 cm” the String Theory as the primary source material. This deals with a “vibration pattern which defines 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”, in her words.
The music blurs the border between silence, hum, and grainy particles of sound. Certain passages sound like improvisations with a diminutive percussion through glitches, but most of the disc are drones with emerging subtle melodies.

-Guillermo Escudero


Review -10-33cm (ROOM40) 2008 – by BGN, WHITE LINE UK

i8u – 10-33cm (MP3 by Room40) 2008

Another conceptually provocative piece from Canada’s France Jobin, operating under the name “i8u”. “10.33cm” purports to be directly influenced by String Theory, a kind of Music of the Spheres for the New Age, directly associated with the relative sound frequencies of the strings that make up the physical universe. Although largely unproven, and still theoretical, the concept of String Theory has captivated the minds and imaginations of many creative types, and here, Jobin tests the theory in sound.

What materializes is a complex and densely worked set of 7 pieces, named String 1, String 2, String 3, etc. each piece corresponding to a set of parameters initiated by the artist, relating to each string type. From this somewhat ambitious point of departure, we are treated to a rangy set of works that encompass everything from the shimmering tonalities of the opening piece,(that opens with a blister of static, the sonic equivalent of the background radiation of the universe) to the glistening, expansive ambiences as exemplified on String 3, and the more sharply focussed elements of String 2 and String 6, where Jobin systematically takes the listener on a series of sonically intriguing transitions and deformations, taking in the lower end of the auditory spectrum, with rich, reverberant cascades of sound. As an attempt at realising a theoretical concept , then perhaps 10.33cm is still in the elementary stages, but with all of the theoretical gesturing aside, this is a masterfully wrought set of minimalist ambiences, deep in scope, and ambitious in its execution, a technically perfect series that you (like myself) will return to again and again. Excellent.



Review -10-33cm (ROOM40) 2008 – by Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

i8u – 10-33cm (MP3 by Room40) 2008

We haven’t heard lately of France Jobin, who works since many years as I8U. The seven tracks on this download only release all deal with the string theory, which is one of those scientific things about the Universe which I never understood – like I never understood Stephen Hawking either, not even his public friendly book about time. Perhaps Jobin does better, and the pieces here are build from sine wave like particles that are being processed in the digital realm. It brings us seven pieces of a highly microsound origin. Buzzing bass sound, high pitched peeping sounds, but never ‘loud’ and certainly never ‘noise’. This is text book microsound material, think Richard Chartier, Bernard Gunter or Roel Meelkop, but I8U certainly a strong voice of her own. Quite modern ambient, and very nice at that.



Krems Austria 12.15.2009 – und transit

December 15.08 to January 16.09


design and photograph by Florian Schulte

und transit (english below)

Eine Klanginstallation von i8u (France Jobin)

15.12.2008 – 16.01.2009 tägl ab 11 Uhr

Kreuzgang / Minoritenkloster

Wir alle besitzen die Angewohnheit, den Raum der unseren Weg zu unserem Ziel umgibt zu ignorieren. Wie viele Durchgänge scheinen sie zu einem Ende zu führen, in Wirklichkeit aber sind sie das Ende selber. Als ich das erste Mal den Kreuzgang betreten habe war ich von der Einsamkeit und der Praktikabilität berührt. Ich habe begonnen, die verschiedensten Klänge in Krems UND Stein aufzunehmen, um daraus Klanglandschaften für die Leere dieses Raumes zu schaffen. So enstand diese Installation „und transit“


und transit

A sound installation by i8u (France Jobin)

15.12.2008 – 16.01.2009  from 11am to 5pm

Kreuzgang / Minoritenkloster

We all have a capacity to ignore the space we must use to get to our destination. Like most passage ways, they are a means to an end, and rarely are treated as an end in itself. Upon being introduced to minoritenplatz, I was immediately struck by the loneliness and practicality of this passage way. Since then, I have collected a number of field recordings from in and around Krems, in order to create a series of soundscapes based on the sound of emptiness in this space.

Closed December 24 – 31 2008
Closed January 1st 2009

I acknowledge the support of the Canada  Council for the Arts

more by  Sándor Dobos

10 -33cm on ROOM40 (2008)

10-33 cm | NET | ROOM40 | i8u

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.

string 1
string 2
string 3
string 4
string 5
string 6
string 7
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