Mutek Edition 20 – A/Vision 3

A/Visions 3
August 24, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00
DUO – World premiere:
19:00 – 19:45

At MUTEK, Jobin and Chartier present the world premiere of audiovisual project DUO, with synchronized visuals created by visual artist and TouchDesigner’s technical director and artist Markus Heckmann

Ambient sounds intermingle within an intricate and delicate spatial and temporal-meets-“intemporelle“ system in DUO, the first collaborative project from artists France Jobin and Richard Chartier. Originally released on the Tokyo-based mAtter label, DUO reverberates with tension, an ominous suspense building throughout five long tracks composed of static electrical signals, multi-level drones and serene synth melodies.

Both prolific artists with a focus on audiovisual environments, new technologies and modular components, France Jobin and Richard Chartier met at MUTEK Montréal in 2000 and went on to form a collaborative friendship and professional kinship. The sounds of everyday life become sculptural and enveloping in the multidisciplinary work of award-winning artist, composer and curator France Jobin. Since the mid-’90s, she’s crafted meticulous compositions that merge analog rumblings with digital precision, modular with field recordings, musical with visual. Applying a minimalist approach to her site-specific sound environments, she creates installations and performances inspired by the architecture of physical spaces, deeply immersing listeners in subtly textured variations, often inducing physical effects that go beyond the ear.

Alongside his visual art practice, Richard Chartier has produced multiple minimal electronic pieces, exploring the interrelations between the natural spatiality of sound, silence, focus, perception and the art of listening itself. He’s collaborated with composer William Basinski, sound artists ELEH, CoH, Matmos, German electronic music pioneer Asmus Tietchens and many more sound and multimedia artists. Chartierʼs sound works/installations have been presented in museums, galleries and performance contexts all over the world.

After the release of DUO on mAtter label, Jobin and Chartier created an exhibition of prints based on the concept, re.DUO, held in February at Tokyo’s gift_lab GARAGE gallery. Jobin and Chartier premiere DUO‘s first-ever live performance at MUTEK, combining sound with seamless live visuals by artist Markus Heckmann to create a wholly immersive and spatially dynamic atmosphere.

Appears as part of Amplify.
Amplify is led by the British Council, MUTEK and Somerset House Studios, with the support of Canada Council for the Arts.

RBMA pres. Drone Activity in Progress – MUTEK

Thursday, August 24 at 9 PM – 1:30 AM

Le Métropolis de Montréal
59 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montreal, Montreal, Quebec H2X 1K5

NOCTURNE 3
Red Bull Music Academy pres. Drone Activity in Progress

21h00 France Jobin (CA) – Vacuum phase transition: an exploration of metastability
21h45 Sarah Davachi (CA)
22h40 Anthony Child (UK)
23h45 Fis (NZ)
00h45 Deathprod (NO) w/ the support of Norway Music

Live May.29.2014 – EM15 Play 1 @ Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal salle BWR

EM15 – PLAY 1

The depths of Montréal’s sound-art spectrum submerge all who enter the exemplary PLAY 1, where radical experimenters astound with enchanted circuitry, found sounds and feedback, rendering music sensually physical in the bold strokes of live painting, contemporary dance and large-screen abstractions.

France Jobin will present the world premiere of  ”sans repères“. Created entirely with actual field recordings gathered while on tour in Japan, “sans repères” explores the possibilities brought forth in the absence of absolute points of reference.

Photo – Eri Makita  

May 29, 2014
22:00 – 02:00

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal – Salle BWR
185 Ste-Catherine St. Ouest
Montréal, Canada

review – Mutek 2008 – Nocturne 2 by TJ Norris

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« Back in the Hub of the Universe
Random Shots From The Hip »
Mutek Musing Montreal

Thursday I caught A/Visions II with The Fun Years, Jaki Liebezeit & Burnt Friedman as well as a portion of Martin Tétreault & Michel Langevin. Tight overall, filled with abstract percussion, broken beats ala world rhythms. Tétreault dazzled with a multi-bank of turntables while Liebezeit and Friedman have honed a balanced blend between their disparate world of Krautrock meets dub/jazz.

Later in the evening I spent a majority of my deep listening time dedicated to the goings-on at the Savoy (within the Metropolis complex where it was a blend of dub and dance music for party people). I managed to eavesdrop on a touch of both Moderat (a loud crowd-pleaser of techno ala rave pairing Apparat and Modeselektor) and DJ Mala whose intriguing rhythmic flow could have had the crowd on its feet ’til the wee hours. I focused on the more dense and diverse smaller room, however its proximity to the larger had caused for an aural spillover that was distracting at times when the artists performing were headed for deeper bass lows. That said, all were in top form including Anticipate’s Ezekiel Honig whose funky set had a wash of minimal, calculated harmonies layered together like a treasure map. Clinker of Alberta was the evening’s biggest risk-taker, evolving a commissioned Leonard Cohen piece with voice (digital and live), smoke machines and video. He crossed austere religious references with passionate sexuality in an emotional set that was imbued with a certain sense of longing. i8u along with video artist Chika (doing double duty w/Honig earlier) performed a pert 40-minute long set that was simply perfection. The unique culmination between the most minimal acoustics with beats that teased but never fully prompted a pop sensibility. There was something sensual yet very cryptic in this stand-out set of the showcase. Grecian artist Novi_sad’s part of the evening began off the main stage and behind the audience (”chill out” floor area) sans visuals. It was darkly experimental, full with lush drones and lost voices, sound effects and strange field recordings. His set ran longer, but I could’ve gone all night with him. Finally Montreal’s Aun took the stage, making for a continuation of the previous set, but perhaps a touch more ambient…though sleep beckoned and I left about half-way through all was well into the night.

unBLOGGED © 2002-2008 TJ Norris.

Montreal 05.28.2009 – Mutek 2009


Nocturne 2

May 28, 2009 22:00
at the Savoy, Metropolis

* $30.00

presented by 33mag (more below)

i8u | CHiKA
Traverse, 2009, World Premiere

In today’s connected world we have many new methods of collaborating,
and many technical and artistic problems that arise in the process.

These two artists bring this chasm into focus and explore the
possibilities given by these constraints.

This project intersects i8u’s minimal yet powerful sound sculptures and
CHiKA’s geometric minimalist patterns to create a work that expresses
the examination and limitations of itself.

France Jobin aka i8u is a sound/installation/web artist whose work has been released on ROOM40 (AUS), nvo (AU) and recently, a collaboration with Tomas Phillips on ATAK (JP). She has worked with Goem, Martin Tétreault and David Kristian.
http://www.i8u.com

CHiKA is a live media artist working in the international VJ and experimental music scene. Her performances vary from minimalist geometric patterns to unique compositions overflowing with a variety of forms and color.
http://www.imagima.com

Ezekiel Honig | CHiKA
Clinker
i8u | CHiKA
Novi_sad
Aun

Artists
Appleblim
Deadbeat & Paul St. Hilaire
Moderat = Modeselektor + Apparat
Mala
Aun
Novi_sad
Clinker
i8u
Ezekiel Honig
Nocturne2

The many factions of dub converge onto one large stage to showcase just how far Jamaica’s roots reggae templates have evolved toward new genres in the hands of some of today’s hottest names.

None other than Skull Disco co-founder APPLEBLIM comes to Montreal for his Canadian debut and a DJ set that showcases the many point sof fusion between UK dubstep and Berlin techno. A seamless blend of echoes, bass, and delays leads us to the heavily anticipated collaboration between Canadian dub-don DEADBEAT and Berlin’s master vocalist of all things dub, PAUL ST. HILAIRE . The collaboration is something of a natural selection for MUTEK, given Deadbeat’s longstanding participation with MUTEK, and the fact that St. Hilaire has also performed at MUTEK events several times over the decade.

Next up, MODESELEKTOR and APPARAT join forces for the Canadian premiere of MODERAT , a stunning live audio-visual production accompanied by the striking video work of PFADFINDEREI . Again, MUTEK has a long history with both acts, as Apparat first appeared here in 2005 and Modeselektor performed here in 2006 and 2008.

And finally, the night winds to a tailspin with the breakneck dubstep assault of the Digital Mystiks’ MALA , in town for a Canadian debut DJ set.

Meanwhile, the SAVOY ROOM fills with the ambient soundscapes of EZEKIEL HONIG , CLINKER , I8U , NOVI_SAD , and AUN .

Montreal 05.29.2009 – Mutek 2008

May 29, 2008

MUTEK 2008 | Open_Lab_Ouvert
Mutek is once again hosting Le Placard May 29th -30th 2008 @SAT
(see below for schedule)

Placard is a headphone concert festival, playing with concentration, intimacy,time warp,and teleportation.This year it goes on for 97 days non stop, in different cities. It functions under a mode of open program,open for headphone rooms to create performance spaces where performers are welcomed to perform. Both the headphoneroom ‘owner’ and the performers use the inscription site to self organize the global program. The placard ‘owner’ receives in his room performers who have submitted a inscription via the site , and streams the shows to the other headphonerooms either passive listeners or waiting to perform.The site is designed to simplify communication inbetween the performers and the organizers, using automatic emails notifying of incomming inscriptions , accepted deplaced or refused perfomances ; also notifying performers of the creation of headphonerooms in their city.

The ring has grown , last year quite a few new cities got involved ;( helsinki , stralsund , benicassim .. (link to last year’s archive) ) .This year has allready started with a few prologues (maybe a preview of what might be one day a non stop placard network) – one in berlin during club transmediale – one in bratislava – and one in bologna -(see pictures and line-ups here) The official placard festival opening will be in montreal for the mutek festival and then move on.

May 29th 2008 @ 15:20 (EDT)

i8u will present: 10-33 cm resonance

i8u’s audio is inspired by the concept of string theory; 10-33 cm being the theoretical size of the strings that makes up the universe. Resonance is the vibrational pattern, which determines what kind of particle the string is. The type of particle is the movement of the string and the energy associated with this movement.
The soundscapes created mirror our limited understanding and imagination of these strings as they slip in and out of the dimensions we are aware of.

Schedule Open_Lab_Ouvert:

May 29, 2008

.12:00 (EDT) .Element Kuuda
.12:40 (EDT) .Ghislain Roy
.13:20 (EDT) .Jim Bel
.14:00 (EDT) .Katherine Kline
.14:40 (EDT) .grkzg
.15:20 (EDT) .i8u
.16:00 (EDT) .David Kristian
.16:40 (EDT) .Nathan McNinch
.17:20 (EDT) .Wapstan. – .19-Jan-67
.18:00 (EDT) .Mark Templeton
.18:40 (EDT) .Ezekiel Honig
.19:20 (EDT) .Babin Magali
.20:00 (EDT) .Steve Bates
.20:40 (EDT) .Thierry Gauthie
.21:20 (EDT) .Victortronic
.22:00 (EDT) .Martine H. Crispo
.22:40 (EDT) .Le Rossignol et Lafrance
.23:20 (EDT) .Winston Phillips

May 30, 2008

.12:00 (EDT) .Orphx
.12:40 (EDT) .gmackrr
.13:20 (EDT) .kvik. – .sluiten
.14:00 (EDT) .Pon De Replay
.14:40 (EDT) .anne-f . Jacques
.15:20 (EDT) .Nicolas Dion
.16:00 (EDT) .AUN. – .MOTORSLEEP
.16:40 (EDT) .FSK 1138
.17:20 (EDT) .Nancy Tobin
.18:00 (EDT) .Szkieve
.18:40 (EDT) .le Peuplier de Simon
.19:20 (EDT) .Deluge
.20:00 (EDT) .des cailloux et du carbone
.20:40 (EDT) .Thames
.21:20 (EDT) .Matt Fuzz
.22:00 (EDT) .Vorpa
.22:40 (EDT) .Michel Pontbriand
.23:20 (EDT) .???

SAT, Société des arts technologiques
1195 boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal (Québec) H5B 1C2 Canada

Review of Mutek 2007 Nocturne 3 by TJ Norris, Igloomag

For the remainder of the night it was over to the cavernous Metropolis for a split venue/themed presentation. In the larger room were mostly the dance music, in the smaller space more experimental and quieter or quirky offerings. I tended to spend most of the earlier part of the evening alongside LA curator Robert Crouch watching the mostly female driven evening of music by the wash of heady and physical, cyclical and sensory sounds of I8U, the soft tweaky dissonance and ambient layers of Sawako and my first exposure to the vivacious Bubblyfish doing 8-bit renditions of Kraftwerk songs. The whole intimate space was filled to the gills with an audience craving a very contained experience. This all started with a helmet scream gaming match where two players stood side by side in a race that used their voices to drive motor vehicles. Noisey and fun.

Montreal 06.01.2007 – Mutek 2007

June 1st 2007

NOCTURNE 3

June 1, 2007 21:00 pm
METROPOLIS,
59 Ste-Catherine Est
30.00$

Bubblyfish
CHiKA
Cobblestone Jazz
Decrepticon
Detalles
glomag
i8u
Kalabrese and his Rumpelorchestra
Matthew Dear’s Big Hands
MEC
o.blaat
Sawako
The Mole

For the occasion of the very promising NOCTURNE 3 showcase, the Metropolis will host a massive two-room event to kick-start the weekend.

In the main room, several of today’s best producers bring new band projects to the stage for an energetic showcase designed to celebrate the organic side of dance music. Hotly tipped Swiss producer Kalabrese and his Rumpelorchestra bring an innovative mix of techno and funk, while superstar DJ/producer Matthew Dear previews material from his new electronic pop album with his three-piece band, Big Hands. Montreal’s The Mole keeps the evening rolling with his infectious brand of disco-soul, before joining forces mid-set with the inimitable Cobblestone Jazz (Vancouver), a three-man electronic jam band led by none of other than Mathew Jonson.

Meanwhile, over in the Savoy Lounge, six experimental electronic musicians and two visual artists from Japan, New York, Paris, and Montreal will build a strange and fanciful soundtrack for the curious: O.Blaat, Sawako, Chika, Bubblyfish, Glomag, Decrepticon, Mec and i8u.

Montreal 06.04.2005 – Mutek 2005

Le Placard @ Mutek 2005

The première of Mrs White, a trio comprising of
Myléna Bergeron + Magali Babin + i8u.

Saturday, June 4th 2005
18h40-19h20

Museum Just for Laughs,
2111 Boul. St Laurent, 1st floor
Montreal, Qc
Canada

Le PLacard welcomes 60 artists from the canadian electronic scenes and Mutek internationl guests. Le PLacard is a a MAJOR gathering, an unique event !
3 days of concerts for deep listeners connected to the stage by wires, hearing all performances through headphones, and 3 days of Internet streaming for far away lovers of experimental music.


Le Placard

Initiated in 1999 by Parisian organization BÜRO, LE PLACARD is a unique concept for a nomadic, international festival: it is based around the presentation of live musical performances to a public outfitted with headphones, along with the simultaneous transmission of the concerts over the Internet.

PLACARD//MUTEK 2005 is the initiative of Eric Mattson, curator of this first collaboration between LE PLACARD and MUTEK. The event-laboratory welcomes over a period of three days over sixty performances of original and untamed electronic music. The selected artists come from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, as well as several other countries-all of whom will be taking advantage of this exclusive platform to diffuse an eclectic assortment of original, unedited, and untamed electronic music.

A festival within a Festival, PLACARD//MUTEK 2005 also serves as an outlet for meetings and exchanges-a forum for impromptu collaborations and unexpected demonstrations.

The Yokomono project from duo Staalplaat Soundsystem debuts the festival in its performance format, and then follows with its installation mode-assuring a playfully animated break during the interludes which dot the program.

The calendar of performances will be published on www.placard.org, www.mutek.ca, and www.bandeapart.fm. The BANDEAPART.FM/Radio-Canada website will also present a blog where internet-users can interact more directly to share their impressions on the performances. PLACARD//MUTEK 2005 inaugurates the 2005 season for LE PLACARD, which will unfurl over three months in different venues.

Büro
Paris, FR
www.placard.org
www.bandeapart.fm

Spearheaded by Parisian artist Erik Minkkinen, BÜRO is a structure for the organising and producing of events, dedicated to the promotion and diffusion of all kinds of “adventurous” music, while also maintaining an interest in extreme, innovative, critical, or playful artistic approaches in the grand scheme of electronic music. It’s within this context that LE PLACARD-a nomadic, international festival that, since 1999, proposes a three-month long season of live performances coupled with simultaneous streaming over the Internet-thrives. This diffusionary method stimulates creation and favours experimentation, permitting performances in rather unconventional environments: a Parisian maids’ bedroom, a Tokyo gallery, or the backstage of a concert that can become as good as diffusionary venue for the festival as any. Incorporating a large number of people present or connected live via the Internet, this event-laboratory creates a network of ephemeral concert sites, “placards (closets),” and integrates the audience into each creative step along the way.

Staalplaat Soundsystem
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Conceived by Geert-Jan Hobijn and Carsten Stabenow, this project is regarded by its authors as a Mono Erosive Surround Sound Installation. Resurrecting the mechanic, playful aesthetic characteristic of all the creations from Staalplaat Soundsystem, the Yokomono installation consists of ten vinyl killers-toy car spinning record players, each customised with its own fm transmitter. The emerging sounds are due to a collection of radios that receive the randomly transmitted signals from the toy cars, yet instability and unpredictability ensues since the cars run on batteries and will ultimately die out, hence the term “vinyl killers.”
The presence of Yokomono at PLACARD//MUTEK 2005 will offer the occasion for Staalplaat to inaugurate their wireless video extension and entertain certain sonic loops from the likes of Anton Nikkilä, Charlemagne Palestine, Fennesz, fm3, Ignaz Schick, Ilpo Väisänen, Justin Bennett, C.M. von Hausswolff, Phill Niblock, Radian and Tim Hecker.