Renowned electroacoustic artist Kaffe Matthews brings us music for bodies. With Sonic Bed_Quebec, Matthews invites spectators to experience music on a sensory level by lying on a catalogne-covered mattress in a large wooden bed and letting themselves be lulled by the vibrations and pulsations of sound. With its bark-covered side panels, six concealed subwoofers and eight surroundsound speakers, this recent Quebecois version of the Sonic Bed provides an opportunity to explore multi-channel music created not only for the ears, but also the body.
Sonic Bed started in London in 2006, spawning local versions of beds in different cities such as Shanghai, Taipei, Mexico and Marfa. This version of the resonant bed is infused with commissioned soundtracks by Canadian sound artists Magali Babin, John Oswald and Georges Azzaria.
Presented at Mois Multi in 2007 and 2008, the original version of Sonic Bed_Quebec was co-produced by Avatar and Recto-Verso. Sonic Bed_Quebec (version 2) is a co-production by Recto-Verso and OBORO presented in collaboration with Elektra Festival.