Solo de musique concrète pour 6 pianos sans pianiste

Solo de musique concrète pour 6 pianos sans pianiste © S. Roy, 2007

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Solo de musique concrète pour 6 pianos sans pianiste © S. Roy, 2007

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Solo de musique concrète pour 6 pianos sans pianiste

Exhibition
February 23 to Mars 29, 2008

Opening
saturday, February 23, 2008, 5 pm

Solo de musique concrète pour 6 pianos
sans pianiste
is a re-reading of the concept of the ruined piano in the form of an audio installation using beat-up old pianos. Six resonating pianos—one "bass" piano and five "accompaniment" pianos—create a multiple-source surround-sound audio installation. Viewers are invited
to re-examine and listen anew to this "familiar" object without it being mediated by "classical" elements such as a musician or score. The six pianos from different periods respond to pulses from out-of-synch motors placed inside the pianos. These motors interpret an acoustic analysis
of plunderphonic sound made up of piano solos by figures such as Sun Ra, Duke Ellington and György Ligeti, transforming the pianos into vibrating surfaces. [E.D.]

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Érick d’Orion

Érick d’Orion (b.1975) is a curator, sound and new media artist as well as a self-taught composer and musician, based in Montreal since 2015 and previously from Quebec City since 1993. Most of his work with sound focuses on digital maximizing and is closely related to noise, musique concrète, free jazz and electro-acoustic music. In tandem or in parallel he develops installation projects in which sound and new technologies are used together to create works which are both performative and “static.” His current work focuses mostly on reinterpretating, appropriating and re-reading certain art historical concepts, especially musique concrète, Dada and Futurism, however without being stuck in the past. He is a member of the duo morceaux_de_machines, trios BOLD and Napalm Jazz and the Montreal collective Perte de Signal, among other groups, and works closely with La Chambre Blanche, the RCAAQ, Rhizomes Productions, CHYZ, Folie Culture, RAIQ, Dare-Dare, amongst others, as past or present board member. His work has been presented accross North America, Europe, Australia and Cuba.