Concordia University -There is still time
Interdisciplinary artist Pat McMaster has been engaged in electroacoustic composition and performance practice for over twenty years, combining an emphasis on expressive musicianship with fearless experimentation. His work transgresses barriers between the exploration of sound and the performing & visual arts, melding a comprehensive background in technology with an inventive creativity, engaging with machine learning-based composition and improvisation techniques and live telematic performance.
His innovative new-media performances and instrumental scores are an integral part of Montreal’s experimental theatre and electronic music performance scenes. His work has been featured at festivals such as MUTEK, Synthèse Montréal, and SuperBooth Berlin. He is an executive committee member of Vivier InterUniversitaire, and a member of the Concordia Electroacoustic Studies Student Association (CESSA) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
Alana (Am) DeVito is a Tiohtià:ke/Montreal-based composer, sound designer, musician, audio engineer and interdisciplinary artist. Their career as a professional touring and studio musician spans well over 10 years, multiple countries and numerous instruments . Their creative career has now expanded into new forms and new collaborations in research/creation, digital interactive art, film scoring, and installation work.
In A/V installation, composition and performance, the weaving of ‘virtual kinetic’ soundscapes through vibrant, textural worlds take center stage while unique, sonic architecture project sweeping narratives. Creative computing intertwines immersive environments while blurring the line between the aural and visual sonic space.
Am DeVito has presented their compositions at the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Morelia Visionas Sonoras Festival in Mexico, Berlin Off-Kultur Festival, Toronto’s Long Winter Festival, Pop Montreal, Sled Island Music Festival, Ypsigrock Festival in Sicily and Vienna’s Freilich Open Arts Series, to name a few.
They are currently studying electroacoustic music and computation arts at Concordia University in Montreal, holding numerous merit-based scholarships and research positions; they are the 2019 recipient of the AH & LB Austin Award, the highest given in the electroacoustic program. Their research work focuses on exploring the intersections of oral history, sound installation and experimental composition in the study and communication of gender identity, identity politics, and difficult personal histories. Their most recent academic research paper is ‘Sonic Sentimentality and the Unification of the Listening Space: Exploring the Intersections of Oral History and Sonic Art’ and will be published in the journal Organised Sound in August 2021.
Christophe Cinq is a Canadian artist living in Montreal, and graduated in Electroacoustic studies at Concordia University. Multi-instrumentalist, versatile, he expresses himself musically by pouring in several styles and mediums that he tries to place in dialogue with each other. He is passionate about fundamental sound research, creation, interpretation and composition of musical works. He is particularly interested in the principles of audience immersions induced by sound spatialization, especially in video games.
Dorian Bell is a multi-instrumentalist and sound artist working out of Montreal. Bell's work focuses on memory, history, poetics, and aleatory; his art begins and ends in the concrete, with a digital and analog footprint in the middle.
Connor Cook - Canadian - Connor grew up in multiple provinces across Canada, but spent his teenaged years in Calgary. In his 20’s, he moved to Toronto where he began creating soundtracks for theatre performances, and then to Montreal in order to study Electroacoustics at Concordia University. His interests include cinematic-electroacoustic works that attempt to externalize the dynamic and dense internal landscape of thoughts and feelings into crystallized sonic and/or visual works. He is also a founding member of the Trajectories collective in Montreal, making music that processes and responds to the challenges facing humanity at the moment.
Malte Leander is a Swedish-French composer and artist currently residing in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Canada, studying at the program of Electroacoustic studies at Concordia University. He is actively engaged in a variety of contexts; from hosting and organizing different musical events such as live shows, workshops and music camps together with the electronic music collective and label So&Such in Sweden, to being a present figure in the Fine Arts community in Montreal, working in local community radio by facilitating discussions with local artists around the topics of digital practices and new media art and technology. His multilingual skills and electroacoustic compositional endeavors has gotten him to work with text-sound composition and sound poetry, often mixed with his interest for sustainability through acoustic ecology and related topics.
Ricardo Dal Farra
Ricardo Dal Farra. Professor of electronic arts at Concordia University, Canada. Founder-director of the Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre (CEIARTE) of the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), Argentina. Director of the international symposia Balance-Unbalance (BunB) on art-science and the environmental crisis; and Understanding Visual Music (UVM).
Dal Farra has been director of the Hexagram Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies, Canada; coordinator of the Multimedia Communication Area of the Ministry of Education, Argentina; researcher at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University, UK; coordinator of the international alliance DOCAM - Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage; senior consultant of the Amauta New Media Art Centre of Cusco, Peru; and researcher of UNESCO, France, for its project Digi-Arts. He co-designed the Electronic Arts university program at UNTREF, and the Music Production program at the ORT Technical School, in Argentina. Creator of the Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection hosted by the Daniel Langlois Foundation, Canada.
Member of the editorial board of Leonardo (MIT Press), Organised Sound (Cambridge Press) and Artnodes (UOC), and the board of directors of ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Arts). Ph.D. in Arts, Dal Farra is a composer and artist specialized in transdisciplinary actions with science and emergent technologies.
“La ville bruyante”
La ville bruyante is a reflection on the omnipresence of sound which is a hallmark of urban life. Marrying generative techniques on a Buchla modular synthesizer system with field recordings taken on a Montréal soundwalk, the piece reminds us that no matter how isolated life in the city may feel, the sound artifacts created by those around us are relentless.
An Opus For Camouflaged Screams
This quadraphonic sound installation was composed and designed for the interdisciplinary installation, Novels of Elgüer Ep. 5 in collaboration with the textile artist Laura Acosta, and video artist Santiago Tavera. Am composed the piece using the collaborating artists’ sound recordings as well the coomposer’s own field recordings, various collected recordings and the composer’s own recorded voice. The composition is not only a 4-speaker, fixed media piece, but also includes 3 interactive ‘scream’ elements that are triggered by guests of the installation using Pure Data and integrated Ultra Sonic Motion Sensors. The composition uses a mix of natural sound elements such as footsteps through leaves, wind through trees, birds (both natural and synthesized), the squeaking of wood, and light water waves and trickling streams to immerse the listener and bring them into the natural environment, while the hidden world beyond the perception of human consciousness exposes itself upon entrance of the human element. The natural sounds metamorphosize as the observer disrupts the camouflaged life of nature. Both video and audio elements give this sense of discovery and disruption – sound elements flowing smoothly from the familiar and natural and into mysterious modulation that may or may not be of our human-perspective world. The observer is faced with the question, “Is nature screaming for us to listen, or screaming from the pain of our intrusion? How do we see our positionings in different spaces? In different environments? Are we hiding, hidden or disruptive?
The stellar way
Cinq, Christophe. “the stellar way”; March 2021, Oscar Peterson Hall, Montreal, Canada. Sonic collage exploring limitations and extremes. This composition stands where the past meets the present. It uses a variety of recording technics to grasp the natural acoustic coloration of an ensemble of eclectic world instruments featuring sitar, tabla, n’goni (African harp), mouth harp, electric bass, synth and percussions. The form is derived and inspired from North Indian classical music and examines its contemporary implication using non-destructive audio processes. The piece progressively accelerates and becomes denser, while at the same time achieving a higher register. Special thanks to the musician Saulo Olmedo Evans for his participation.
sodden stems from aleatoric rhythmic relationships; the composition was assembled by layering guitar parts without references (no monitoring or metronome), thereby subverting strict periodicity. The composition was created around the visualization of water splitting over river stones and the initial drops of a rain shower.
A cross between musique-concrète inspired editing techniques and polychordal/tonal experimentation, The Swimmer is an attempt to explore re-contextualized memory through timbre and gesture in response to the death of a close childhood friend. Andrew was a ‘life saving swimmer’ who drowned in a reservoir in Calgary in 2018. Stereo version of 5.1 surround composition.
All Natural Environments
”All Natural Environments” is an exploration of the crossroads between what is a natural, and a constructed environment; with it’s associated soundscape. Through the technique of re-amping, field-recordings of natural ecologies is played out loud and recorded within the urban framework. A complex result of layering ideas, places, and environments assisted through voice by sound poetry addressing the topic, which over time gets integrated into the dense textures of the piece.
“Memorias” (“Memories”) was composed in 1992 by Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) of Stanford University, United States. The residency at Stanford was thanks to an invitation from CCRMA and a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
A chain of events, sometimes shocking us, sometimes touching us, sometimes knocking us over and over again, and even sometimes almost looking unrelated, were giving shape to these partial Memories.
This piece was produced using the Common Music language and the real-time sound generation and processing capabilities of a NeXT computer. The sound synthesis techniques used were: FM and physical models of plucked strings.
Memorias was a prizewinner at the National Rostrum of Composers of Argentina in 1993.