Érick d’Orion Solo de musique concrète pour 6 pianos sans pianiste

Date(s): Feb 23 to Mar 29 2008


Opening on 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

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Érick d’Orion is a sound and new media artist as well as a self-taught composer and musician who has lived in Quebec City since 1993. Most of his work with sound focuses and digital maximizing and is closely related to noize, 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, without being stuck in the past. He is a member of the duo morceaux_de_machines and the Montreal collective Perte de Signal, among other groups, and works closely with Avatar and La Chambre Blanche where he has been a member of the board since 2007. His work has been presented in Canada, Europe, Australia and Mexico.