review – 29 Palms (der) 2010 – by Fabrice Allard – EtherReal

29 Palms, i8u on Dragon’s Eye Recordings

i8u est le projet de France Jobin, plasticienne et musicienne canadienne qui collabore assez régulièrement avec Tomas Phillips que l’on a déjà croisé chez Dragon’s Eye Recordings. 29 Palms est une petite ville de Californie, connue pour sa situation, en plein désert des Mojaves, à proximité du parc national de Joshua Tree. C’est justement ce parc qui a servi d’inspiration à l’artiste qui y capté des sons qu’elle a ensuite sculpter de manière à créer une version sonore des lieux.

L’album est constitué d’une seule piste de 41 minutes, d’une ambient faussement linéaire, minimaliste et d’une finesse incroyable. Alors que le disque commence à tourner sur la platine, on n’entend rien. Il faut bien une dizaine de secondes pour commencer à deviner un souffle, 30 secondes pour se rendre compte que celui-ci va de pair avec un drone linéaire, l’ensemble envahissant l’auditeur d’une douceur cotonneuse. L’album possède un niveau sonore assez bas, certainement pour coller au mieux à la notion d’ambient, à une musique que l’on entend sans vraiment l’écouter, qui se fait oublier, et se rapprocher de l’ambiance de ce désert, vide et silencieux, seulement parcouru d’un brise légère.

On aura donc tendance à mettre le volume un peu plus fort que d’accoutumé afin de capter toutes les subtilités de la musique de i8u, un sifflement suraigu, de micros craquements et frétillements, ou encore l’apparition régulière de nouvelles strates sonores, un drone tantôt plat, tantôt ondulant, impliquant un certain rythme alors que d’autres éléments s’effacent. Faussement linéaire donc, donnant l’impression d’une succession de plans finalement très semblables, à l’image des horizons océaniques du photographe Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Au bout de 29mn, on entend distinctement le tintement d’un triangle dont l’artiste joue avec le résonance, à la manière d’une pulsation régulière et suraiguës. Les nappes oscillantes se font alors plus puissantes, plus denses, enveloppantes, mais on ne parlera pas pour autant de tension. Tout juste une présence affirmée, envahissante. Le désert s’est imposé.

Plages minimalistes et déserts sonores font de cet album un petit bijou pour les amateurs d’une ambient façon microsound. On conseillera tout particulièrement ce travail aux fans de Richard Chartier ou William Basinski, en attendant d’en écouter un peu plus.

Fabrice Allard
le 20/02/2011

EtherREAL

immersound at Oboro 24-25.feb.2011

immersound (1) at Oboro

Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25, 2011, at 6 pm, limited seating!

Two “consuming” evenings of minimal sound art with Yann Novak, Stéphane Claude and i8u in which both artists and audience are mutually drawn into the same heights and depths of the sonic/emotional spectrum.

This sound art will be felt as well as heard.

Tickets on sale at OBORO for $10 (cash only), from Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
You can also dial 514 844-3250 to hold tickets for 24 hours.

Oboro, 4001, rue Berri, local 301, Montréal (Québec) Canada H2L 4H2

Artists :

i8u
Stéphane Claude
Yann Novak

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immersound is a concert event/philosophy initiated by France Jobin (i8u) which proposes to create a dedicated listening environment by focusing on the physical comfort of the audience through a specifically designed space. The premise for immersound is to seek out/explore new perceptions and experiences of the listening process by pushing the notion of “immersion” to its possible limits.

SoundFjord.Hlysnan: i8u Feb.13.11

SoundFjord.Hlysnan: i8u

Hlysnan is SoundFjord’s monthly deep listening event. Bring your ears to the gallery to explore the world of sound is all its facets, guises and surprises! Experience new works from renowned and experienced artists as well as new blood. (Hear their works contextualized next to the sound art
work and experiments that informed their practice). An intense session of listening with the chance for questions and answers afterwards.

SoundFjord.Hlysnan: i8u
Audio Screening
Date:  Sunday 13 February 2011 | 6-8pm
Unit 3b – Studio 28 | 28 Lawrence Road | London | N15 4ER | UK
Doors: 5:40pm
Entry:  £2 | www.wegottickets.com

During the two-hour screening, the playlist you will hear is the result of four-month’s research though the i8u musical archive. The purpose of the research was simply to weave together a series of tracks to create a fitting atmosphere for immerson1: “two “consuming” evenings of minimal sound art… in which both artists and audience are mutually drawn into the same heights and depths of the sonic/emotional spectrum.” as i8u eloquently states.

The works you will hear are to be felt as well as heard.

The criteria for i8u’s choices are based on the sensitivity of the music, the unique identity of each artist and the immersion quality of each track. The order is designed to set the stage – sounds utilized as an introduction to the event that follow – whilst the conclusion to the evening is faded out elegantly, leaving room for the heart and mind to drift and dream into infinity.

By preparing the piece – stitching together works by various artists – i8u has discovered that although each work selected for her list may be appreciated independently, the entirety of the lengthy piece may be considered a work in its own right!

Along with the conceptual rigor and fine ear i8u has honed over the years, not only does she wish to stimulate the mind, the emotions and the body, she simply hopes you enjoy the work!

SoundFjord | London for contemporary sonic art and its research is a new gallery with research facilities, exhibition and intimate event space.

SoundFjord’s core activities are to act as a hub for practitioners and researchers, to provide a research and collaboration network for practitioners, and to deliver an exhibition and event programm rich in research-based, investigative and experimental sonic art from UK -based and international artists.

Using private initiative and funding, SoundFjord was primarily instigated to address the lack of exhibiting space exclusively for works of Sound Art. Now the gallery not only organizes exhibitions, but also documents all works for its Contemporary Sonic Art Archive (CSAA), assists with the development of
artists within their practice, and ultimately, promotes and disseminates awareness of its innovative and thought provoking exhibitions and events to art lovers, practitioners, researchers, and to the general public at large. SoundFjord actively invites participation between artists and encourages combined
activity through its events and collaborative projects.

SoundFjord mounts up to ten exhibitions annually, with an emphasis on sound and audio arts.  In order to encourage the widest possible access to and participation with and in its exhibition programm, SoundFjord provides information in a number of formats to assist those with specific sensory needs and
does not charge an admission fee to visitors nor charge artist fee’s for exhibition calls.

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immerson, is a concert event and philosophy initiated by France Jobin (i8u) which proposes to create a dedicated listening environment by focusing on the physical comfort of the audience through a specifically designed space. The premise for immerson is to seek out and explore new
perceptions and experiences within the listening process by pushing the notion of “immersion” to its possible limits.

immersound
immerson