L'excitation sonore de Zoé T. (analog version)

© M. H. Crispo

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© M. H. Crispo

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L'excitation sonore de Zoé T. (analog version)

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October 13-17, 2014

Performances
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm

Tickets on sale at OBORO ($8)
as of October 2, 2014.
From Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
You can also call 514 844-3250 (credit card only).
No ticket reservation.

In collaboration with Phénoména festival. 

We are surrounded by light; our eyes detect and provide details of the colour, shape, luminosity, and movement. Yet, if our eyes could hear, it would be the unknown aural world revealed to our ears. In electronics, there is a photoelectric component that can pick up light waves and transform them into sound signals: the photodiode. The photodiode takes over from where our eyes stop by transposing pulse light into audio frequency.

L'excitation sonore de Zoé T. consists of six electromechanical devices whose only sound source depends on light. No frequency generator or oscillator is used; what we hear is the direct result of harnessing electromagnetic waves from light radiation. Thanks to an experimental device based on optical sound, my project is directly inspired by work on “graphic sound” realized by the Russians and Germans in the 1930s, and perfected by Daphne Oram and Norman McLaren in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Martine H. Crispo

Martine H. Crispo is an artist in audio and new media arts, as well as a sound designer for the performing arts. She lives and works in Montreal. Her work focuses on performance, radiophonic creation, and sound installation. She works with frequency generators, which she builds herself (DIY), and with electronic circuits, which she “unbuilds” inside old educational children’s toys (circuit bending). She is also interested in the sound material produced by small objects set in motion with electromagnets. For the past several years, her research has focused on the relationship between sound and light, using devices based on optical sound and graphic sound. She has presented her individual work in Canada, USA, and Europe, particularly at the Centre for Contemporary Arts of Glasgow (CCA Glasgow) in Scotland, the International Performance Festival Odense in Denmark, Bent Festival in New York, MUTEK and Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal, and at Mois Multi in Quebec City.