Review – Ligne i8u | Tomas Phillips (ATAK) 2009 – by Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

i8u – Tomas Phillips ligne (CD by ATAK) 2009

Things have been quiet for Japanese Atak, as of May,  they make a return with an album by Canada’s I8U and Tomas Philips. Both are perhaps known for their work in the field of microsound and together they have been working since 2005. They work out of improvisation while being inspired by one thing or another. A film by Sergio Leone or a piano for instance. These improvisations have been revised, reworked, added or subtracted. Perhaps that might be hard to believe, since if you hear this CD, you’ll be listening to some very minimal music. A few static lines, some click like sound, deep bass, sine waves and such like. Like the vague images on the cover, this music is more like an environment, surrounding you. The flickering of shadow on the wall, this music is also altering your perception. Carefully, slow, meditative, delicate and precious. All of these words are appropriate for this album. Label boss Keiichiro Shibuya’s remix of the title track at the end brings the material in a slightly different terrain: its more present than the other three pieces and more firmly rooted in somewhat louder laptop music, but it fits well in this release, providing a nice counterpoint. (FdW)

Label: Atak
Cat. #: ATAK013
Format: CD
Release date: 2009

01 – Ligne (18:23)
02 – Point (08:38)
03 – Donnée (19:15)
04 – Ligne (10:10)

-Vital Weekly-
Frans de Waard


New York 09.17.2009 – Simulcast 2.0

still life by i8u

September 17.09

SIMULCAST 2.0 at ((audience)) in Syracuse, NY (Festival schedule below)

SIMULCAST 2.0 : Four Canadian sound and radio artists were asked to provide a single, unchanging sound.

Presented by the Montréal-based organization Silophone this past July in Sackville, these  works will be re-broadcast as part of  the ((audience)) radio festival on Red House Radio

Featuring sounds  by Hélène Prévost, Mario Gauthier, i8u and Stéphane Claude.”

19|20.09.09 Hélène Prévost “12:00”
20|210.9.09 i8u “still life”
26|27.09.09 Mario Gauthier “Transparence”
27|28.09.09 Stéphane Claude “Waves Array”


Announcing the U.S Premiere of ((audience)), an international festival of
5.1 surround sound art presented in movie theaters as “cinema in the dark”

U.S. Premiere of ((audience))
Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 27, 2009
Red House Arts Center, Syracuse, NY

NEW YORK – Curators Alexis Bhagat and Lauren Rosati announce the U.S.
Premiere of ((audience)) at Red House Arts Center in Syracuse, NY,
launching with a two-week festival of art, experimental media, live music,
a radio program, and featuring works by seven international artists in the
2009 program of ((audience)).

Conceived in 2006, ((audience)) is an unprecedented project that explores
the cinema as a 21st century concert hall. Currently, sound artists must
“perform” what are essentially multi-track recordings, interpreting the
playback of their compositions to account for technical and acoustic
variations in different sites. ((audience)) bypasses this problem by
considering the cinema-hall as a standard technical and acoustic platform
and site.

The centerpiece of ((audience)) is a 2 ½ hour “film” of 5.1 surround sound
works by seven international artists intended for presentation in movie
theaters as “cinema in the dark.” This program will travel to partnering
organizations from Delhi, India to Providence, RI to Montreal, Canada —
accompanied by curatorial lectures, performances and screenings on a
city-by-city basis — through 2010.

The inaugural two-week ((audience)) festival features six nights of
programs, each exploring a different perspective on the cinema as concert

Thursday, September 17 / 5-8pm
A kinetic, in-the-dark installation consisting of several light
‘paintings’ opens in the Joan Lukas Rothenberg Gallery at Red House. The
kinetic paintings use handmade optical projectors, LED lights and open
source 8-bit controller technology to produce a constant moving image.

Friday, September 18 / 7pm
LIVE PERFORMANCES: Loud Objects and MV Carbon / Zach Layton
This evening of experimental music at the Red House features the Loud
Objects, performing live 1-bit circuit bending on an overhead projector,
MV Carbon and Zach Layton, performing on sitar, cello, electronics and

Saturday, September 19 / 7pm
SCREENING: ((audience)) Premiere
The centerpiece of ((audience)) is a 2 1/2 hour program of sound artworks
by eight international artists. Presented  “in the dark” with full 5.1
surround sound, the evening will be an immersive experience in cinematic
audio. The ((audience)) Main Program contains works by: Jamie Allen; Bryan
Jacobs; Loud Objects; Simona Brinkmann; Natasha Barrett; Emmanuel Madan
and Anna Friz; Cedric Maridet and a Syracuse exclusive by Uli Schuster.

Thursday, September 24 / 7pm
TAPE-MUSIC CONCERT: Music on All Sides
This “in the dark” evening explores the use of 5.1 surround sound in the
composition of experimental and new music. Featuring the work of John
Hudak; R. Luke Dubois; and Brett Balogh and Stephen Hastings-King.

Friday, September 25
7pm / SCREENING: Cinema for the Eyes and Ears
This “psychedelic video mix” is composed of fractals, stochastic
structures, autumn leaves, sprouting seeds, nebulae and one pumping stereo
soundtrack. Featuring work by Sean Niessen; Dave Fischer; Sam Pellmann and
Miranda Raimondi; and Michael Northam.

9pm / SCREENING: Psicklops
A rare screening of mudboy’s “dark cinema psycho drama.”
Sunday, September 27 / 2pm
Join the curators of ((audience)) and Red House staff for a very special
event combining live karaoke, coffee and waffles from Funk N’ Waffles. To
be broadcast LIVE on Red House Radio.

September 17 – September 27 / All day
For ten days, special programs on Red House Radio will be broadcast to
coincide with the ((audience)) festival, including live performances, DJ
mixes from contributing artists, artist talks and spotlights, and new and
historic works of radio drama.

Curated by Alexis Bhagat and Lauren Rosati.

For more information about ((audience)) at Red House Arts Center, please
visit or call 315-425-0405. Red House Arts Center
is open Monday through Friday from 10am -5pm. Festival passes allow
admission to each event and cost $20. Individual events cost $10. The
opening of Last Wishes by mudboy on September 17 is free and open to the
public. All events will be held at Red House Arts Center.

Red House Arts Center / 201 S. West Street, Syracuse, NY / 13202
315-425-0405 /

((audience)) is dedicated to the advancement of aural arts by providing
wide distribution and new contexts for works by emerging and established
sound artists and composers. For our first decade, ((audience)) will focus
on the cinema as a technical and distributive platform, organizing a
biennial nomadic art festival in partnership with select arts
organizations worldwide.

Conceived in 2006, ((audience)) will premiere in Syracuse, NY this year
and will continue to travel internationally through 2010. We are
partnering with local arts organizations in cities worldwide and expect to
hold 12 further screenings/  festivals. Curatorial lectures, performances,
artist presentations and exhibitions will coincide with screenings on a
city-to-city basis. For more information on ((audience)), please visit

((audience)) / mail: 39 Ave. A, Box 103, NY, NY 10009 /
temporary HQ: 125 Maiden Lane, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10038

((audience)) is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts
service organization, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space

In composing “still life”, I  recalled a fascinating experience during a recent stay on the Frioul archipelago, near Marseilles.  While walking and recording sounds for various projects, I noticed a snail on the steps leading to my studio. Everyday I walked up and down those steps; I was constantly excited at the prospect of observing the progress this snail would manage.   It was very cold and it looked to me as if the snail wasn’t moving at all.  My enjoyment of the snail was the surreal concept that I could not observe its immediate progress but was aware of it by gauging how much progress it had made each day.

This project being in line with the minimal aesthetic I am interested in of late, i have decided  to approach the sound of imperceptible change as audio “still life” .

La Chambre Blanche

Web Art Residency
From August 5th to September 14th, 2003 at
la Chambre Blanche in Quebec city

Meeting with the artist, Friday, September 12th, at 5:00 pm

Résidence de production Web
Du 5 août au 14 septembre 2003 à la Chambre Blanche à Quebec

Rencontre avec l’artiste le vendredi 12 septembre à 17h

185, rue Christophe-Colomb Est
Québec (Québec) G1K 3S6
T: (418) 529.2715
F: (418) 529.0048