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 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.