sans repères on popmuzik records

France Jobin
sans repères
LP (180g Heavy Vinyl)
Edition of 300
September 21st 2014

Field recordings in Fukuoka and in Yanagawa during a boat ride in the canals.

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.

cover photo: Eri MAKITA (
artwork: Keiji TANAKA (

thanks to:
Sachiko, Shuhei, Riku, Tatsuki and Arata Miyagi, Keiichiro Shibuya, Sho Nakao, Yu Fuji, Kenta Inamasu, duenn, “quiet eating machine” (Takahiro Horie & Kennichiro Sakai), Yuki Aida, Emi Aida special thanks to Jun Iijima, who let me record his piano during sound check in Tokyo @ Super Deluxe, which i processed for this album.


Quark – How Does The Invisible Sound


Format: Digital (MP3, FLAC, ALAC)
Edition: Unlimited
Catalogue: Q01
Release Date: February 27, 2014
Duration: 24:29


01 Ennio Mazzon – Sadbury’s Helicity
02 France Jobin – Baryons
03 Robert Crouch – Folk Songs
04 Franz Rosati – Symmetry Breaking

Farmacia901 is pleased to announce the launch of Quark: How Does The Invisible Sound? project and so thrilled to start this path through sound particles with wonderful sound artists such as Ennio Mazzon (who created the Cconfin software), France Jobin, Robert Crouch and Franz Rosati. We also would like to thanks our media partners Flussi Festival, Nephogram EditionsDragon’s Eye Recordings, Ripples Recordings, A Closer Listen, Crónica, Hawái.

“Art does not reproduce what is visible, it makes things visible” Paul Klee

Quark: How Does The Invisible Sound? is a media project born with the specific intent of exploring the possible inter-relationship between sound and the invisible, strictly related to science and physics. It relies on monthly digital releases and a MaxMSP custom software called Cconfin, inspired by elementary particles interactions and a physical phenomenon known as Colour Confinement. The software allows the artists and musicians involved to seek and discover their own vision of the invisible through sound by treating and processing audio files via custom algorithms. Presented as a collection of digital graphic cards and heterogeneous sound art pieces, the research aims to find a deep connection as close as possible to the boundary of knowledge.à

An attempt at quantum sound in a not-visible yet perceptible world.


Digital download is available at F901 shop in MP3, ALAC and FLAC formats. Buy, share, enjoy.


The illusion of infinitesimal on Baskaru

France Jobin
The Illusion of Infinitesimal
CD (digipak)
Edition of 500
February 11th 2014

Perfection and Uncertainty

The thing about France Jobin’s music that never fails to impress is that it works on so many levels. Listen to it at the threshold of perception (the way it is mastered) or at very high volume, on headphones or through loudspeakers, and you will hear new sonic relationships, new structures, a new logic every time. Things simultaneously are and aren’t as they seem; sounds you hear are and aren’t really there.

Montréal sound/installation artist France Jobin has come a long way since her days as a blues keyboardist in the 1980s. In 1999, after a hiatus that lasted a decade, during which she raised two sons, she turned to experimental electronic music of the very quiet, rumbling, abstracted kind, and started performing and releasing music under the moniker i8u. Slowly but with great assurance, she built a much-lauded career and kept on refining her art, ever digging deeper into the core of sound. When the revered LINE label offered her an album (Valence) in 2012, she abandoned her alias and started using her own name.

In her own words:

«The Illusion of Infinitesimal represents another chance to refine the unique essence of each sound and composition, in an effort to better communicate intent without influencing its unfolding, a delicate balance between perfection and detachment.

A parallel could be drawn from particles of matter, which, “as far as we know, are infinitesimal points of zero size, yet they have measurable amounts of angular momentum. Does the concept of rotation even make sense for a featureless speck? Angular momentum seems to be a more foundational concept than rotation itself. The angular momentum, or spin, of a single particle is restricted in strange ways. It can have only certain values, and not all values are allowed for all particles.” (1)

Perfection and uncertainty.»

(1) Collage of quotes from Jim Pivarski, “Spin”, Symmetry Magazine, March 2013.


1   -1/2
2    0
3   +1




Livingvoid compilation

livingvoid – A compilation of self-portraits in audio and image designed for shuffle playing is now available to pre-order!

Jack Chutter of ATTN magazine  UK put together a special USB memory stick pack, including:

1 x engraved wooden USB memory stick
1 x small painting by Jack, created while listening to livingvoid. Each will be unique.
1 x livingvoid A4 flyer, featuring a list of all contributors.

Orders will be sent out on 30/01/2014. Order here:

Artists included are :

Adam McFillin / Alex Rumboldt / Alfie Cooke / Anatole / Andersen Viana / Anla Courtis / Anthony Galante / benjaminwillems / Brayden Bagnall / Budhaditya Chattopadhyay / Cauterised / Cindy Wegner /cjmann / Colin Taibi / conversationswithrocks / Craig Johnson / Cretin Dilettante / Daniel Barbiero / Dante Palmieri / David Fenech / david ian griess / Derek Piotr / Emile Milgrim / France Jobin / Gregg Davies / Ion Plasma Incineration / Jack Chuter / James Chuter / Jay Howard / Jean Drop / Jeremiah Cymerman / Jeremy S. Adams / Jim Barker / Joel Pearson / Josh Ronsen / Joshua Hummel / L’eclipse Nue / Laurie Tompkins / Leslie Deere / Liberez / Lisa Hogan / Luke Lund / Mark Chickenfish / Matt Warren Matthew Cheshire / Matthew Lee Knowles / MEANHAWK / Michael Roth / micromelancolie / Mike Cooper / Mike Perdue / modus op / morteza shirkoohi / Mountains On Fire / My Cat Is An Alien / neeeeeill / Norman / One Qwarter Horse / Pete Simonelli / Phil Taylor / Philippe Petit / protofuse / RADIO HUMMINGBIRD / raxil4 / Robomatix Rebirth / Ryan Muar / scutopus / Sebastian Engelhardt /Seth Guy / Shaun Duke / SOLARCIRCLES / Steve Sachse / Stu Von Geel / Stuart Craig / swefn / The Dan Haynes Experience / Thomas Evans / Thomas Rex Beverly / Vagabond Dog x Geoff Smokes / Vincent Euliano

framework seasonal issue #4 Spring 2013

framework seasonal is a regular review of works produced by artists working with field-recording. all works are previously unreleased, and contributed freely by their creators in support of framework radio. many thanks to the artists, who have made this project possible.

these compilations are available exclusively to framework donors; to get one, donate €20 or more via the paypal buttons on the right (or make an equivalent subscription pledge). we’ll get back to you to confirm your mailing address and your choice of issue(s). thank you for your support!


Track listing:

01 jay-dea lopez ::: catalepsis ::: 09:38

02 flavien gillié ::: liminal drift ::: 07:05

03 france jobin ::: morongo ::: 08:45

04 yannick dauby & oliver féraud ::: thorenc, 5 janvier 2013 ::: 05:54

05 stefan paulus ::: a journey into a spatial fold ::: 09:46

06 francisco lópez ::: untitled#293 ::: 14:01

07 terje paulsen ::: night recording at the waterfront kr.sand s ::: 10:29

08 maile colbet ::: helen’s hands ::: 04:21

09 luís antero ::: volta do castelo ::: 10:04
Morongo was created with field recordings at the Morongo Casino,
special thanks go to Yann Novak and Robert Crouch for their generous hospitality,
an unforgettable trip to Joshua Tree National Park and a fun stop at Morongo.

photo: © F. Jobin 2010

tmymtur – Release Date 18.March.2013



release 18.March.2013

Format: Digital | 96kHz/24bit
Time 64:41.622
Cat#: en005
値段: 3,150 JPY (Tax in)

Track Listing:

“05.09.2012/0” Taylor Deupree remix
“05.09.2012/0” Yui Onodera remix
“05.09.2012/0” i8u remix
“05.09.2012/0” Celer remix
“05.09.2012/0” Christopher Willits remix
“05.09.2012/0” Mark Harris remix
“05.09.2012/0” Sogar remix
“05.09.2012/0” Opitope remix
“05.09.2012/0” Stephan Mathieu remix


Valence on LINE

France Jobin
CD + Digital
Edition of 500
February  14th 2012

LINE is proud to present a new work by Montreal sound artist France Jobin. Having released under her moniker i8u, Valence is her first release under her own name. Created entirely from transformed field recordings, this collection of three compositions has an elegant flowing simplicity. Slow harmonic modulations of a similar essence to the works of Eliane Radigue and Celer.

Valence is inspired by both the valence bond (VB) and molecular orbital (MO) theories.

An atomic orbital is a mathematical function that describes the wave-like behavior of either one electron or a pair of electrons in an atom. This function can be used to calculate the probability of finding any electron of an atom in any specific region around the atom’s nucleus. The term may also refer to the physical region defined by the function where the electron is likely to be.

Often, my compositions start with a feeling or emotional state. There is a likelihood of finding a certain emotion in a piece, but it is not guaranteed, nor do I know exactly when or where I will find it. The act of looking for that emotion in of itself will distort it. Although one would think experimental music grants complete freedom, when composing, I feel constrained by both my mental state and the way in which I build the piece.

I find an unlikely parallel in quantum theory and composing. The electron that can exist on a different orbital plain can never have it’s velocity measured or even its exact location known, due to the intimate connection between particles and waves in the wacky world of subatomic dimensions.
All sounds recorded at various locations in North America and Europe.
Special thanks to Richard Chartier and Mark Hogben.
Cover image by Mark Hogben.

S orbital   27:41
P orbital   22:12
D orbital   18:21

surface tension on murmur records

Surface tension ー i8u

out November 16.2011 on Murmur Records (Japan)

Surface tension is a new “sound sculpture” from renown audio installation artist i8u aka France Jobin. Based on field recordings taken from Canada and the EU, the prolific Jobin freely integrates digital, analog, glitch and drone into a field of aural vision that simultaneously exhibits micro and macro perspectives on a complex, yet inviting, environmental theme.

i8u’s art is about juxtapositions, analogue to digital, aural to visual, technological to philosophical. Her installations can often be experienced in live events and festivals across the Canada, the United States, South America and Europe.

Track Listing

01. water 72.86
02. toluene 28.52
03. ethanol 22.29

io sound – “” on Unearthed from Airwaves

New cd on io sound May 2011

scant intone
richard chartier
tomas phillips
jeff carey


The movement of air currents are capable of causing a candle to quiver or waver. Air currents are the providence of the breath of the dead. The spirits of the deceased traverse the River Styx as souls of air. In Sanskrit, prana; in Greek, psyche or the pneuma of the aura; in Latin, the animus and spiritus of being. Gathering the spirits of the dead – their disembodied voices – into a wind capable of influencing a candle’s flame demonstrates the telekinetic power of the beyond

Everestrecords – terrestre

New album out by MATHON on the 29. April 2011 on Everestrecords
with remixes by Steinbrüchel, Digitalis, Kenneth Kirschner, i8u, Tobias Reber, Matu and Elektrohandel.

Pre-order on Junodownload and Vinyl pro-order here:

The project Mathon has its name from a beautiful place in the Swiss Alps. Every year since 2003 Thomas  Augustiny,
Roger Stucki and Pete Leuenberg meet there and invite different musicians, to translate the impressive sur rounding into music. The conceptual project is ambient music by its original definition : spaces becomes sound and sound generates space.

This way four albums have been recorded, together with Ronny Spiegel, Maria Capelli, Nocolas Kellner and Maurice de Martin. The growing interest for the visualisation of the music, lead to  installation for Etoy, HKB
for the museum for communication.

The pieces of the current release were remixed by international known musicians like; Kenneth Kirschner, i8u, Steinbrüchel or Digitalis.

preview on iTunes