Vienna @ Alte Schmiede

Concert in Vienna @ Alte Schmiede Wien Musikwerkstat
May.16.2017

Minimalismus und Loop. Synths zwischen Acid und Ambient: FRANCE JOBIN (CAN) / JOHANNES AUVINEN (AUT/FIN)

Eine Veranstaltung von STROMSCHIENE

Sie sind beide an minimalistischen Sprachen und konzisen Ausdrucksweisen interessiert. Die Kanadierin France Jobin und der in Wien ansässige Finne Johannes Auvinen. Letzterer ist fast ausschließlich im internationalen Club-Kontext anzutreffen, wo er fein nuancierten Acid-House aus Synth und Drumcomputer schält. In seinem Set für die Alte Schmiede präsentiert er erstmals seinen soften Casual Acid. Auvinen konzentriert sich dabei auf die Grundbausteine des Genres, auf Timbre und die Texturen der Synth-Lines, gespeist aus den typischen Maschinen Roland 303 und 101. Er betreibt eine Analyse des Genres, die die Seele und haptischen Qualitäten des House hervortreten lässt und den Fokus auf die melodischen Parts legt. Auch die filigranen Stücke von France Jobin basieren auf feinen Schattierungen und Abstufungen. Die Sound-Art-Künstlerin und Komponistin überführt ihren minimalistischen Ansatz in komplexe, ätherische Klangumgebungen, in denen analoge und digitale Prozesse miteinander verschränkt werden. Es sind klare Drones und subtile Klangwolken, die in Vergangenheitsschichten vordringen und gleichzeitig ins Reich des Imaginären entführen, wobei sie den realen Raum nie außer Acht lassen. S. Strelka/VK

Weitere Informationen: France Jobin www.francejobin.com Johannes Auvinen www.tinmanmusic.com

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LQ – Literarisches Quartier | Schönlaterngasse 9, 1010 Wien
Stufenloser Zugang zu Galerie (GLZ) und Schmiede-Werkstatt (AS)
Barrierefreies WC im Erdgeschoss
Zu Veranstaltungszeiten Behindertenparkplatz vor dem Haus Schönlaterngasse 13
Freier Eintritt bei allen Veranstaltungen in der Alten Schmiede!

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France has been invited to present a concert in Vienna by Shilla Strelka, who was asked  to curate 6 shows over the course of one year at Alte Schmiede Wien Musikwerkstat. The space has some history, having artists like Wishart, Feldman, LIgeti, La Monte Young and Luc Ferrari in their past line-up. it’s seated shows, 100ppl only and free entry.

Kicking off the series with microsound maniac Marcus Schmickler + Christian Schroeder on 31/3, it will be followed by France Jobin + Johannes Auvinen , May.16.2017.

The whole thing is called Azephal + Aleph.
Concerts are happening as part of the STROM SCHIENE series.

This is made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Media Artists – International Residencies program.

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Inter/sperse – a new site-specific installation

LUX RESIDENCY PROGRAM 
April.24 – May.27.2017
Inter/sperse @ Museolaboratorio in Città Sant’ Angelo, Pescara, Italy
Vernissage – May.27.2017

France is the first artist to take part in the new LUX RESIDENCY PROGRAM. She was invited to create and present Inter/sperse, an in-situ sound installation that will address the territory and surroundings of Museolaboratorio.

Credits:

Curator: Fabio Perletta, Carla Capodimonti, Rossano Polidoro
Lighting design: Marco De Leonibus
Director of Museolaboratorio: Enzo De Leonibus
Technical Support: Daniele Cilli

Sounds: In and around museolaboratorio
Guitar: Marco De Leonibus
Voice: Sandro Naglia

 

This residency is made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts,Travel Grant to Media Artists – International Residencies program.

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singulum LINE_075 – Musique Machine (UK)

LINE_075 | CD + Digital | limited edition of 400 | February 2016

Here’s another release from the esteemed Line label, presented in its usual format: a simple, sombre, card wallet. The front has an odd, black and white image – perhaps a collage, perhaps a magnification of cells – whilst the back contains track details, and a short spiel on the release from Jobin. The spiel explains that the album was created by putting field recordings ‘through a series of editing and manipulation processes’. Singulum has four tracks, ranging from six and a half minutes in length, to nearly 17 minutes.

Given that her spiel is quite high-minded, ‘Singulum represents an unattainable goal, the process of decay while conserving a continuation of information’, and mentions Serge and Buchla modular synths amongst her tools, Jobin’s album is actually often rather conservative ambience and drone. Though that’s an observation, not a criticism. The first, and longest, track, n, slowly builds upwards and outwards from a simple loop. Whilst simple, the floaty, ethereal loop is detailed, and accompanied by glitching sounds. It builds into a piece of dreamy ambience, effortlessly creating an atmosphere that might require a reviewer to describe ‘sunlight reflecting off rippling pools’ – trite, but reasonable words for a gorgeous soundscape. As the piece progresses, the glitching sounds become bolder; crushed, and squashed sounds splinter and fragment over the lush drone. After the 10 minute mark, the drones become deeper, more resonant, before dissipating in the final minutes to reveal a looping chime, like a distant grandfather clock. The second, and shortest, work, l, again begins with looping sounds; this time, its ambient patches. These create an ambient expanse, with background burbles, and snips of sound – they really are backgrounded, too. About halfway through, an ominous drone appears, creating a more sinister tone, but also one imbued with much grandeur. This drone magnifies in strength, until it essentially smothers everything. M, the third track, follows a similar path; it begins with dreamy territories, before again building to almost overwhelmingly deep drone – with a distracting buzzing in one speaker along the way. The final piece, s, is cut from a similar cloth to the preceding tracks, but offers different readings. It starts out as a stately, measured drone, strong and warm. After a while, a repeated figure emerges over the drone, a melodic stab; this creates a tone akin to the work of Burial – the melancholy of empty urban streets at night, dirtied by litter, and cleansed by rain. It sounds like a piece of club music, slowed down, and with the beats removed – the hazy memory of the night before.

Singulum, from the packaging, suggests an album of difficult abstraction, perhaps driven by physics, and lead by high-end synth technology. However, whilst there are elements that might reflect these hardboiled things, the truth is that any sonic austerity is largely hidden, and backgrounded. The central focus of the release is much more amenable drone work, often lush and gorgeous in its simplicity. The last track, s, is particularly nice, and evocative. (The track titling is a bit of a mystery, clearly deriving from the consonants of ‘singulum’ – but where’s g?) There’s a danger, perhaps, that the album occupies a halfway house – too glitchy and odd for drone lovers, too much expansive drone for lovers of synth abstraction – but the rigour of the artist, and her tools, is felt throughout the pieces: nothing here is ever cheap or insubstantial. Like all Line releases, Singulum asks for (and deserves) close listening, and like practically every Line release I’ve heard, this is worthy of your listening.

Martin P.

France Jobin at P2 Art’S Birthday Party – Jan 28th 2017

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One of the largest festivals of electronic music offers artists, sound artists and DJs from around the world at the Southern Theater in Stockholm on 27-28 January 2017.  

The doors to the Southern Theater will open at 17:00 and the doors to Kägelbanan opens at 19:00. All of 20 years old are welcome at the party. There is free admission and first-served basis.

The festivities are led by Swedish Radio show host; Samir Yousufi, Helena Lopac and Pelle Moeld. Festival broadcast live course both days in P2 Swedish Radio k between 21:00 and 24:00.

Guest composer @ ems Stockholm Jan 23 – Feb 1st 2017

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Photo by Fabio Perletta

France Jobin will be guest composer at EMS Jan 23 – Feb 1st 2017.

France will be following up her research on modular synthesizers at EMS.

Since 1964, EMS Elektronmusikstudion is the centre for Swedish electroacoustic music and sound-art. EMS is run as an independent part of Musikverket (Swedish Performing Arts Agency).

Besides making professional studios available for the production of electroacoustic music and sound-art, EMS’ aim is to support artistic development of electroacoustic music and its integration within other artistic areas. EMS represents electroacoustic music from Sweden in various international contexts and sees as one of its main tasks to act as an informer, both nationally and internationally. Foreign composers regularly come to EMS to work and may be granted a working period by submitting a project application according to the same conditions that Swedish composers are subject to.

HISTORY

Sanne Krogh Groth

(Musicology Section, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Sanne Krogh Groth is working on a Ph.D. thesis about the electronic music studio EMS (Electroacoustic Music in Sweden) from its establishment in 1964 until the mid 1970s. Subjects of interest in this study are: early computer music studios (institutional and compositional processes), experiments with voices (synthetic and analogue), the relationship between art and science, and questions related to historiographical issues. Earlier, Krogh Groth has done work on sound art, the sound of theatre, and performance art.

Exerpt from “The Stockholm Studio EMS during its Early Years”EMS08 by Sanne Krogh Groth

EMS is and was an institution with studios for producing electronic music and sound art. The first embryo to the larger studio at the radio was a smaller studio in the workers’ society of education, which is an organization that shares its ideology with the social democratic party. This studio was set up in 1960. Courses were organized by the Norwegian composer and chairman of the society of contemporary music Fylkingen Knut Wiggen, who brought in teachers from abroad, such as Gottfried Michael Koenig, Iannis Xenakis and Henri Pousseur.

In 1964 the Swedish composer Karl Birger Blomdahl was appointed music director at the Swedish Radio. The story goes that he would only accept the job, if he was allowed to build up a studio for producing electronic music. The deal was made, and for the purpose he employed Knut Wiggen to be in charge of it. In 1965 an old radio theater studio was opened towards composers, which has later on been named “klangverkstan” or “the sound workshop”.

This studio was meant to be only contemporary and very high investments were assigned a very prestigious and for its time high-quality computer music studio, which opened in around 1970. Up until the death of music director Blomdahl in 1968, the Swedish Radio (SR) invested quite an amount of money, but since the new director lost interest, EMS in 1969 became an independent organization founded partly by SR, Fylkingen/FST and the government (through the Royal Academy of Music).

Olof Palme, who was the minister of Education from 1967-69, helped EMS directly with financial aid. In a debate book from 1960 it says: “Education and research are parts of cultural politics, which most likely will be the easiest fields to get resources to, because of these fields’ importance

for the materiel progression. Striving to heighten spiritual culture will on the other hand also in the future be squeezed.” (Assar LIndbeck: Att förutse utvecklingen fra Roland Pålsson: Inför 60-talet, Debattbok om socialismens framtid av tio författare under redaktion av Roland Pålsson, Malmö 1960 (Rabén & Shögren 1959), p. 79, translated by S.K.Groth)

With this statement in mind, the foundation, organization and ideas of EMS makes very good sense.

To Wiggen EMS was not only to be a studio for producing electro acoustic music, but also an institution of research. In an article in Interface from 1972 Wiggen writes that he would like to give the composer “the possibility of describing sounds in psychological terms. This far, this system of description exists only in the form Pierre Schaeffer has given it in his theoretical work “Traité des objets musicaux”. We at EMS shall try if given economical possibility to realize the idea in terms of a computer program.” (Knut Wiggen: The electronic Music Studio at Stockholm, its Development and Construction, Interface, 1 (1972) p. 127-165 p. 134)

His research project can be described very briefly as: – selected sound objects recorded on analogue tape are given a digital form, and the computer gives an analysis of the sound in physical terms.

composers and researchers remove the sounds to which the ear does not react and find the least possible amount of information in order to synthesize a similar sound object.

a test panel will compare the original and the synthesized sound and give its opinion about the sound in the psychological terminology invented by Schaeffer, and we will try to bridge the gap between the physical and psychological description.

the next step is to try to build “scales” between two such sound objects by allowing the computer to change the physical properties of the sounds.

a test panel will search for corresponding changes in their experiences, and we hope to construct a description in which the composer writes the desired sound within the framework of a number of psychological variables.

the composer no longer plays with a keyboard, and he no longer presses buttons. He writes his sounds and musical structures in psychological terms, and the apparatus at EMS translates these terms into sounds.

Besides the research project, Wiggen also worked on a computer program called Music Box, which later has been compared to Max MSP. The above mentioned research project was never realized in Stockholm. For various reasons, the good times ended, and various conflicts emerged from the beginning of the 1970s. On an ideological and political level, the Swedish musicologist Per O. Broman describes the turning point, as – that (…) the 1960s technique utopian visions for the future were replaced by the 1970s social utopian, and within this, the electronic music had no space, even though thoughts about electronic music as the music of the future did not lack social utopian features. (Per O. Broman: Kort historik over över Framtidens musik, Stockholm 2007, p. 72)

So to say – he sort of explains it with characteristics we also know from the student revolt of 1968. On a personal level internal to the organization, there were also major problems, which might be a concretisation of the above; the younger composers wanted democracy and to set the agenda. Besides that, it is no doubt that Knut Wiggen must have been a challenging character to work with. Jon Appleton describes him as “one of the most astute music administrators I have ever met (…) He combined the qualities of a visionary, an intellectual spokesman, a megalomaniac, and a con artist.” (Jon Appleton: review of Bits and Pieces: EMS 30 years [CD], Computer Music Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Summer, 1999), p. 100-103)

This residency is made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Research grant for New Media and Audio Artists.

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France Jobin at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston

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Wednesday May 18th 2016, 7pm-9pm

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
2450 Beacon St, Boston, Massachusetts 02467

Non-Event, the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Together Boston, and WZBC present:
France Jobin (MTL, multichannel electronics) + Tim Feeney (US, percussion) performing solo sets in the spectactular Great Engines Hall of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum.

About the artists…

FRANCE JOBIN is a sound artist, composer, and curator residing in Montreal, whose audio art reveals a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital intersect. Her installations incorporate both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces. Her work can be “experienced” internationally in various music venues and new technology festivals, such as Mutek, Flussi, FIMAV, SEND + RECEIVE, Club Transmediale, ISEA RUHR 2010, and surface tension tour Japan. She has releases on Dragon’s Eye, LINE, Room40, ATAK, and non-visual objects.

TIM FEENEY has performed as an improviser with musicians including the trio Meridian, with percussionists Sarah Hennies and Greg Stuart, pianist Annie Lewandowski, cellist and electronic musician Vic Rawlings, vocalist Ken Ueno, saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar, banjo and electronic musician Holland Hopson, and many others. He has toured throughout the United States, including notable performances at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, New York’s The Stone, the Center for New Music and Audio Technology at UC-Berkeley, the Stanford Art Museum, Mills College, Princeton University, and Oberlin College. Most recently, he has performed in quartet and large ensembles with composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, with whom he recorded for the Tri-Centric Foundation for release in 2016. He has also recorded for Caduc, Accidie, Full Spectrum, Sedimental, homophoni, Audiobot, Soul on Rice, lildiscs, and Brassland/Talitres.

HF7: France Jobin

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VOLUME @ Del Vaz Projects
1526 Armacost Ave
Apt. 202
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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France Jobin will present  a four-channel sound installation and live performance on October 28th 2016 for the closing of Haunted Formalism.

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This event marks the closing of Haunted Formalism, which true to its exploration of ambivalence and in-betweenness itself adopts two interrelated, concurrent forms. An exhibition of new works by Nicole Phungrasamee Fein and Dean Smith establishes the thematic concerns that inform an ongoing program of live, limited-capacity events, creating an open-ended dialogue between disparate practices that evolves through experiences intended for a small audience.

Yet these dialogues themselves arise from tensions within the artists’ works. Among the most fundamental takes place between art and science; Smith’s drawings in graphite, we argue, can be interpreted in terms of the relational properties of the carbon atoms that compose his medium, while Fein’s compositions, which evoke supernovae and cell-culture dishes, recall the simultaneous coexistence of two states possible in the quantum realm.

France Jobin makes work that emerges from the proposition of an unlikely parallel between quantum mechanics and composing. Just as Heisenberg discovered that scientific precision encounters a limit past a certain scale, so too does the composer stand in an uncertain relationship to the feelings and emotional states that inform his or her work, necessarily falling short of full knowledge. The conundrum is doubled with respect to the listener, for whom the sounds at hand may well have been processed past the point of recognizability, obscuring yet still indicating their material source.

This evening will comprise a four-channel sound installation and a live performance. Tickets are $18, and capacity is limited.

Symétrie Tour JAPAN 2016

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popmuzik records and gift_lab present France Jobin Symétrie Tour Japan 2016

CITIES – DATES  – VENUES
10-08   Tokyo @gift_lab, (sans repères session, popmuzik records)
10-10   Fukuoka @hidoke no oka (sans repères session, popmuzik records)
10-13   Okayama @pepperland (The Illusion of Infinitesimal session,Baskaru)
10-15   Ibaraki @gallery MINERVA (Singulum session,LINE)
10-16   Tokyo @sakuradai pool (Valence session, LINE)

France Jobin wishes to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettes du Québec for its financial support.

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Cruzeiro Seixas Feature Documentary

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FILM  Cruzeiro Seixas (working title) (PT)
Feature documentary
Director – Cláudia Rita Oliveira

The track “String 6” from the album 10-33 released on ROOM40, will be part of the soundtrack for this upcoming film about surrealist artist Cruzeiro Seixas.

“From Here to Tranquility – Volume 7” Compilation – Silent Records (USA)

 

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“From Here to Tranquility – Volume 7” Compilation – Silent Records (USA)
September 23rd 2016
Digital only iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal, Spotify, etc.
24 new tracks by:
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Scanner, Mystical Sun, Jack Hertz, Dead Voices on Air, Ethernet, Randy Grief
Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words, Kris Force, Mike Rooke, Robin Parmar
Hawthonn, Tulpa Atma, Metcalfe/Chasny, Gunshae, Aume
Pragma, Hakobune, Nad Spiro, Miguel Isaza, France Jobin
Solipsism Solipsism, Ben Guiver, Dirk Series, Yui Onodera