I’m honoured to announce that a new work of mine is going to be presented at the opening night of Montréal’s excellent and diverse AKOUSMA Festival later this month.
This year marks the festival’s tenth edition, and as per usual, is packed with excellent artists. Among others, this edition features Ben Vida, Loscil, François Bayle, Brunhild Ferrari, and Martin Bédard.
Needless to say I’m quite honoured to be included.
The work which will be presented was a commission by the festival through the Canada Council for the Arts. Like much of my other recent work (mostly Gardens), it avoids the use of a lot of digital signal processing, in favour of a more orchestrational approach, where peculiar textures and timbres are created through miking techniques, blending and various sounding techniques with acoustic and electromechanical instruments. In fact DSP is relegated only to equalization, some dynamics, and a touch of reverb.
While Gardens‘ soundworld has a more instrumental ensemble quality to it, this work’s gestural and sonic universe bears more resemblance to the concrète lineage but also could be related to the more textural end of the improv spectrum (after all that’s how the work’s being generated) and abstract orchestral music. Of course, though, being the sentimental person that I am, there are melodies in there too!
The work is tailored to the very rich possibilities of the sound system employed by AKOUSMA at Usine C.
Hope to see you there!