Audio Art / Modular Synthesis

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Audio Art / Modular Synthesis

Pedagoqic Assistant: Stéphane Claude
Guests: Émilie Mouchous, David Kristian

Training
November 7-8 and 14, 2015, 11 am - 4 pm

Presentations / Performances with invited artists
Émilie Mouchous: November 8, 5-7 pm
David Kristian: November 14, 5-7 pm

Exploratory studio sessions
November 13, 15 and 21, 11 am - 5 pm

Registration
October 7 - November 5, 2015

Thanks to MOOG AUDIO for the equipment loan and their continuous support.

Following from Synthesis and Small Processors (offered in September 2014), Modular Synthesis is an advanced workshop that will cover the different steps involved in using a modular synthesiser as the main sound source for creating work.

The creative feedback produced by inventive connections between modules and mobile effects processors will be looped into the processing of audio signals. The workshop will focus on creating an environment conducive to deep and meditative states of listening, which can lead to new compositional and spatial possibilities based on improvisation and intuition.

The workshop will be both educational and exploratory. The instructors and guests will share their approaches to modular synthesis with the participants, who will also benefit from periods of individual creative exploration. Each participant will have the further opportunity to work with the equipment outside of the free exploration sessions.

> The workshop will be offered in French, both instructors are bilingual and will answer questions in English.
> Please bring your modular systems and tell us if the other participants can work on those equipment under the supervision of the instructors.

Prerequisites
- Be a professional artist, creator or cultural worker;
- Knowledge of the principles and hands-on composition experience of modular synthesis is an asset;
- Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment*;
- Attend every workshop session.
*Any enterprise whose total payroll is $1.000.000 or more is subject to 1% Training Investment. (Emploi-Québec Program)

Number of participants: maximum 10
Registration period: October 7 - November 5, 2015
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or lab@oboro.net.
Cost: $125
Schedule:
Workshop dates: November 7-8 and 14, 2015, 11 am - 4 pm
Presentation / Performances with invited artists: November 8 and 14, 5-7 pm
Exploratory studio sessions: November 13, 15 and 21, 11 am - 5 pm

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Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be made by phone or email. Full payment must be made for reservations to be valid. You can pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cheque or in cash. Registration to a workshop is not transferable.

Cancellation / Refund
OBORO does not refund registration fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, registration fees are transferable to another workshop or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Workshop Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel workshops at any time and without advance notice. In this case, registration fees are completely refunded.

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Philippe-Aubert Gauthier

Born in Chicoutimi (Canada), Philippe-Aubert Gauthier lives and works in Sherbrooke (Canada). He is a sound and digital artist, musician, junior mechanical engineer, M.Sc, Ph.D. in acoustics and researcher. The heart of his artist's statement is based on the interactions of arts, cultures, sciences, and technologies in an integrated research agenda. His work in sound art ranges from performances to installations where custom systems and sound in space are central. P.-A. Gauthier created more than 40 art pieces and published more than 50 scientific communications. He received grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Fond de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologie. 

Stéphane Claude

Stéphane Claude is an electronic_acoustic composer and sound engineer. His research is based on integrating a conceptual and physiological framework of audio recording and sound installation for different diffusion contexts in the electronic arts. His interests gravitate around the communication of a formal aesthetic, of a transductive experience of the electronic medium, an exploration of digital signal processing, the parameters of acoustic and sound in spaces. His work has been published by ATAK(JP), LINE, DRAGON’S EYE RECORDINGS (US), ORAL (CA), among others. He is the co-founder of the art research unit Ælab with artist and professor Gisèle Trudel. The work of Ælab has been shown internationally.  As an audio consultant, he participates in the conception, production and integration of presentation spaces, of specialized analog and digital creation and production studios for artist run centers, institutions and independant sites. 

Émilie Mouchous

Émilie Mouchous is a French, Montreal-based sound artist who makes her own electronic instruments. Her sonic and spatial exploratory activities are characterized by the creation of mini autonomous systems and take multiple forms: radio programs, series of electronic objects, collaborative free improvisation, web art, radio transmission installations. She is interested in shared sound spaces, and likes to bring concrete sounds, movement, touch, voice and electronic sources together in a lively manner. Her works have been presented in contexts such as the BENT Festival NY, Deep Wireless (NAISA, Toronto), AKOUSMA, Suoni per il popolo, MUTEK (Montreal), Kunstradio (Vienna), Caravansérail (Rimouski), Radio LX festival de arte radio (Lisbon), the Radia European Network, Free Music Archive and Radius (Chicago).  

David Kristian

David Kristian (born 1967) is a Canadian musician and film score composer and sound designer. He has been involved in audio for media since the early 1980s, when he first started work as an animation and experimental filmmaker at a New-Brunswick TV station. Upon relocating to Montreal, Kristian decided to abandon film-making in order to focus on a music career, first as a solo artist, then as the keyboardist and synthesist for the group Psyche. He left Psyche in late 1989 and concentrate on more Ambient and instrumental music. During the 1990s and 2000s, he released several albums on labels as diverse as Crème Organization, Minimal Rome, Ninja Tune, Lo Recordings, Schematic Records, Alien8 Recordings and Apegenine recordings. Kristian has produced music under aliases, including Gentle Bakemono, Francesco Clemente, and Macadam Mambo with Andrea Noce. David Kristian is currently working as a video game sound designer and composer. For his personal projects, he composes solely with modular synthesis.