Motifs et moirés

© P-A Gauthier, 2012

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© P-A Gauthier, 2012

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Motifs et moirés

Concert-Artist Talk
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3 pm

Motifs et moirés is a new spatial sound installation from Philippe-Aubert Gauthier that explores the audible and spatial defaults inherent to digital loudspeaker array technology in the contexts of both individual and group listening. The listener's movements and positioning within the installation influence the unfolding of a spatial pattern containing both distorted and clear sounds. The intimate scale of the audible zone, where both psychoacoustic masking and interference from raw digital bits operate to expose a voice, highlights the banal character of sound clips taken from the extensive speech database known as SpeechDAT II.

As a continuation of Gauthier's interest in the creation and partitioning of public and private acoustic spaces using both emerging and established sound technologies, Motifs et moirés draws attention to auditory illusion and phenomena that indirectly reveal the perturbing temporal spread of the audible now. For his residency at OBORO, Gauthier is working on his first experiments in this vein. The artist's talk will be a forum for the artist to discuss the principles behind the installation, the subculture of the SpeechDAT, and his own reflections on these topics.

This project is supported by a grant from Canada Council for the Arts (Grants to New Media and Audio Artists).

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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.