4.35-R0-413 performed at EMPAC


Photo: Mick Bello

Thursday, October 15th 2015
Concert Hall
110 8th street,
Troy, NY 12180


The electronic music of composer France Jobin can be described as “sound-sculpture,” revealing a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital methods intersect. While her music often makes use of restraint and limit, she isn’t one to shy away from extremes. Her skillful interplay between highs and lows, louds and softs, creates an intricate narrative, which stretches the listener’s perception and continually refocuses attention.

Using an array of specifically placed loudspeakers numbering in the dozens, Jobin will present a new work built for the EMPAC Concert Hall.

We’re offering a special ticket package for Thursday and Friday’s shows. For $20 ($10 for RPI students), admission is available to both Oneohtrix Point Never and France Jobin. Call the EMPAC box office at 518-276-3921.

France Jobin is a sound/installation artist, composer, and curator residing in Montreal, Canada. Her installations express a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces. Her works can be “experienced” in various music venues and new-technology festivals across Canada, the United States, South America, South Africa, Europe and Japan.


Final postcard

P Orbital released on LINE (Valence, LINE_054) will be part of the first multichannel sound art exhibit ESCUCHAS at the Museum of Modern Art  in Medellin, Columbia starting, December 2nd 2015.

ESCUCHAS (Listenings) is a new sound art exhibition curated by Miguel Isaza.

In the contemporary context, sound art arises as a space that welcomes sound and the act of listening to it; also serving as a critical device aimed at the dominant tendency to see, think and touch. In this type of artistic process, sound is the central element and method of aesthetic, sensory, material and conceptual analysis. Elusive to closed definitions, it finds its own niche in practice, especially in the listening act and in artistic manifestations such as sculpture, installation, performance and composition.

Sound is a fundamental element of our vital experience, although often ignored in regards to the attention and thoughtfulness we put into it. As an artistic medium, technique, process and focus, sound has been present in the music discourse for millennia, but it is just recently when, hand-in-hand with technological exploration,it finds new directions and vindicates itself as a creation space on its own right.  Even if sound art is produced by and incorporated into non-electronic media like sculpture and installation, it is in fact through the processes of environmental sound recording and digital manipulation of sounds, objects and spaces, where the possibilities to work turn to be rich, taking on, often, a path that goes back and forth from the act of listening.

To listen is, within this context, silence and stillness. It is paying attention to the shapes that sounds might take, and from there, opening up to new dimensions. The act of listening is silent and invisible; it implies a method of being closer to sound but also an attitude of meditation, imagination and creation of realities that come from the experience of sound itself and its relations, thus playing a role that transcends the audible in order to relate to other aspects of human activity, such as language, perception, time and space, matter, affects, emotion, heritage, culture, politics, economy, and ecology.

Escuchas (listenings) is an exhibition on par with the aforementioned plurality of processes and manifestations of sound artistic processes. It is a selection of audio works, twelve in total, created as multi-channel pieces, and specially adapted by each artist for being presented in LAB3, played continuously all day long. The works directly reflect upon the incidence of sound in the aesthetic values of visual arts such as space, form, surface, texture, body, matter, concept, which are directly questioned from sonic aspects such as transience, ubiquity, invisibility, vibration, and listening.

The selection of works aims to explore sound as an independent artistic dimension, valid in its own right, hence providing a space for immersion in the act of listening where stillness, silence and meditation are welcome. The LAB3 presents itself as a place that is not experienced in a single visit, but as an intimate space for an ongoing dialogue, where consciousness expands thanks to the outside-inside sounds, where the visitor is incited to enter and reenter over and over again.


Artists on display

Alejandro Cornejo (Peru) | sonodoc.org/alejandro-cornejo-montibeller

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay (India) | budhaditya.org

David Velez (Colombia) | davidvelezr.tumblr.com

Edu Comelles (Spain) | educomelles.com

Perletta Fabio (Italy) | fabioperletta.it

France Jobin (Canada) | francejobin.com

John Grzinich (United States) | maaheli.ee

Manrico Montero (Mexico) | manricomontero.com

Robert Curgenven (Australia) | recordedfields.net

Simon Whetham (UK) | simonwhetham.co.uk

Yann Novak (United States) | yannnovak.com

Yannick Dauby (France) | yannickdauby.com

Opening: December 2 / 6:30 pm


Singulum on LINE



France Jobin
CD + Digital
Edition of 400
February 2016

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.

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2.  l (06:30)
3.  m (08:55)
4.  s (13:35)