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NUCLEAR SKY in Printemps Numérique

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Conservatoire De Musique De Montréal

June 3, 2015 – June 7, 2015

NUCLEAR SKY: THE EXPERIMENT is a multimedia theatre piece exploring the dehumanizing consequences of contemporary society, war, and technology. Read more here.

TERRORS OF THE BREAKFAST TABLE – an interactive video installation

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The Ottawa Art Gallery

June 4, 2015 – September 20, 2015

Opening reception on June 4, 5:30 pm

“The interactive video installation Terrors of the Breakfast Table, by Hamilton-based artist Tyler Tekatch, invites viewers to alter the story through the use of their breath. In the centre of the gallery space is a table upon which sits a wooden, pyramid-shaped object. Visitors are encouraged to sit in the chair placed in front of the table and blow into this sculptural device, while discovering the interactions at their desired pace. The subtle technologies sense the viewer’s breath, triggering thoughtful interactive elements in the video’s narrative and visuals. Such elements include a dream montage, the pace of a scene, ambient 8-channel surround sound and the brightness of images.” Read more here.

New Video of Adam Basanta’s Installation “The sound of empty space.”

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A new video of Adam Basanta‘s installation “The sound of empty space” filmed by Emily Gan.

“The sound of empty space” explores relationships between microphones, speakers, and surrounding acoustic environment through controlled, self-generating microphone feedback.

By amplifying and aestheticizing the acoustic inactivity between technological “inputs” and “outputs” – stand-ins for their corporeal correlates, the ear and mouth – the notion of causal sound producing object is refuted; we are listening to the empty space between components of flawed communication systems.

Through a series of new, interrelated works, sound is revealed not as an object or autonomous event, but a product of a complex, interdependent system of relations. 

Uphonias Symposium will be live streamed!

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On March 6, matralab hosts a one-day symposium focused on utopian ideas about sound art in landscape contexts. The event includes ten poster presentations of utopian environmental sound art projects, a keynote by Walter Boudreau and a performance of Julian Klein’s piece “Interpreters IV” by The Montréal Sound.

If you can’t be with us in Montreal, we’re happy to announce that you can still join us on the live feed from 9am to 5pm!

You can find the lifestream here:

For more information about the symposium, visit

Location Change: Let This Sound Slowly Dissipate” Concert

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Please note that we’ve had a location change for the March 6 “Let This Sound Slowly Dissipate” concert. The concert location was originally advertised as Places des Arts. The performance will now take place at La Cinémathèque québécoise, 335 Boul de Maisonneuve E at 6pm.  

The event listing has been updated with the proper location.

We hope to still see you there!

Adam Basanta releases “Memory is the residue of thought”

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Adam Basanta, matralab Research Coordinator, recently released an eight-track electroacoustic album titled “Memory is the residue of thought” on K o h l e n s t o f f records.

Basanta is a composer and media artist, whose work traverses electroacoustic and instrumental composition, audiovisual installations, site- specific interventions, laptop performance, and dynamic light design. He frequently explores notions of listening and audiovisual perception, the re-animation of quotidian objects, and the articulation of site and space.

Listen to Basanta’s album here, and be sure to check out the video below to hear about the composer’s inspirations and creative process.

Jen Reimer + Max Stein Release “Lisboa / Skagaströnd” Tape

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matralab’s Jen Reimer and Max Stein share a fascination with reverberant spaces. Drawing inspiration from the hidden harmonies and secret rhythms present in urban sound environments, they create immersive multichannel sound works for processed horn and field recordings. Their pieces are conceived, composed, performed and recorded in the spaces themselves.

Jen and Max recently released a tape that features two of their performances in resonant, yet very different locations. “Lisboa” was recorded in the former cistern Mãe D’Áqua, an architectural cathedral for water that is known for its sounds. In “Skagaströnd”, Jen and Max take their listeners inside an old chimney in Iceland and slowly reveal its glistening, fulminating wavy sound. Both works make the entanglement of sound and space tangible for those who let themselves glide into the recordings.

You can listen to both performances here and explore the group’s other projects on their website.

Read a review of the release on Tiny Mix Tapes.




Niko Solorio Directs “Love At First Sight” Video

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Niko Solorio, an MFA candidate at matralab, recently directed a music video for Los Angeles-based band Spain. The “Love At First Sight” video premiered on October 29 on the Magnet Magazine’s website. Take a look at the video here.

Replica: Finalist in International Composition Competitions

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Replica, an acousmatic work co-composed in 2012-2013 by Martin Bédard and Marie-Hélène Breault is a finalist in international composition competitions “Città di Undine” (Italy) and “Métamorphoses” (Belgium). Commissioned by Erreur de type 27 (E27), the work was premiered in Quebec City, March 13, 2013, in Erreur de type 27’s Espaces mixtes II concert, and it will be co-diffused by the two musicians, October 15, 2014, at the Théâtre Marni in Brussels.

Marie-Hélène Breault is a Post-Doc Researcher at matralab.

Noiseborder Ensemble meets matralab, University of Windsor

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matralab artists Sandeep Bhagwati, Adam Basanta, Jen Reimer, Max Stein, Julian Stein, Navid Navab and Felix Del Tredici will travel to the University of Windsor to present their work collectively and individually.


Please stay tuned for more details.