Audio Art / Modular Synthesis 02, Modular Conception and Creation

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Audio Art / Modular Synthesis 02, Modular Conception and Creation

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November 11-12, 25-26, and December 2-3, 2017 (10am to 5pm)

October 23 – November 9, 2017

Today we are seeing a return to modular synthesis in sound design, studio composition, performance, and live improvisation. Why this interest now? The answer is simple: modular thinking implies a fusion and balance between sounds and audio signals and the control signals of the module.

As sound and the sources of control become compatible, notions of format and incompatibility disappear. The boundary between traditional interfaces of control (keyboard, mouse, trackpad, MIDI, sensors, data sonification, files, formats, etc.) and electronic sound sources (oscillators, synthesizers, sound samples, microphones) becomes entirely blurred, giving way to an ecology in which anything can connect to anything and lead to unexpected, dynamic results.

In this intensive workshop, participants will use modular synthesis to create works. The workshop will focus on the following areas:
- Modular thinking in general, using a computer or external hardware
- Understanding and learning the concepts of composition and improvisation: exploring the control signals in depth (rhythmic possibilities, envelopes, gestures, microscopic and macroscopic time scales)
- Defining a gesture or movement and using modular synthesis to create it
- Exploring the control combinations to generate complexity and subtlety
- Bridging the gap between the experience of digital-computer creation and analog-material practice
- Exploring modular synthesis with affordable tools: small kits and extensions, using software tools
- Modularity as a practice of encounter: combining systems, using external data, sensors or online data, sonifying reality, etc.

The workshop will conclude with a series of concerts improvised by the participants, individually or as a group.

> 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.

- 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.

Number of participants: maximum 8
Registration period: Tuesday to Friday, until November 9
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or
Cost: $150 (taxes included)
*NEW! Two spots are now available for employees of companies that are subject to the 1% Law. Please contact us for more details.

Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be done 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 professor at Université de Sherbrooke. The heart of his artist's statement is based on the interactions of arts, cultures, sciences, and technology. He evolves in an integrated research and creation agenda where each of these fields and related knowledge are used for the development of art and musical pieces that address the social constructions of technology and technologically-related culture. As a bass player, he first discovers and explores music through improvisation and experiments. His current music and noises are guided by improvisation, immediacy, risk, and sound discoveries using more or less stable generative systems. P.-A. Gauthier created more than 40 art pieces and published more than 60 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 Fonds de recherche 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 aesthetics, as transductive experiences of the electronic medium, the exploration of digital signal processing, the parameters of acoustics 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.