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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.

Prof. Dr. Cornelius Pöpel- guest researcher at matralab

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Prof. Dr. Cornelius Pöpel, Lecturer in Sound for Media at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences will be guest researcher at matralab in late September/October 2013.
The research field he will be working on can be described with the words „human aspects in media“ and he is focusing on specific music related intermedia aspects and the impact new technologies have onto the objectives the technologies are built for. Questions that will be addressed are for example:
What qualities do the constraints coming with media technology have and how can humans benefit from those?
How does the broad usage of computing systems and their need of abstraction and formalisation influence human aspects in musical and media based communication?
In contrast to the huge amount of new possibilities new media technology offers for the arts, what new limitations can a broader usage of this technology bring and how could art help to identify and overcome limitations of conceiving and creating art and probably as well: our daily life?
Besides describing the questions, their impact and possibe answers as written text, Dr. Pöpel will work on sound-based reflections with respect to the research topics. He is seeking to get in touch with researchers, artist with similar interests in order to dicuss experiences, opinions and future work.
Furthermore he is looking for researchers/lectures that are interested to come as guest lecturers to Ansbach University and to teach in workshops in the field of multimedia and communication.

Website (German language):   

Latest Project (with students, cooperation with UT Sydney):


Dr. Gascia Ouzounian at matralab

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Dr Gascia Ouzounian, Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast, was a Guest Researcher at Matralab in August 2013. During her time at Matralab Gascia met with collaborators forOptophono, a label for interactive music and sound art she founded in 2013. She designed the Web, which documents the work of a research group she co-directs with architect Dr Sarah Lappin at Queen’s. Finally, Gascia took advantage of the unique library at Matralab to complete the first chapter for a book on the poetics and politics of space in experimental music and sound art after 1950. She presented this chapter at NYU’s Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) following her visit to Matralab.
Gascia is grateful to Professor Sandeep Bhagwati and Jen Reimer for their support of her visit. She hopes to return to Montréal in 2014 to launch her projects Long For This World, an interactive composition created in collaboration with Matralab researcher Julian Stein and composer Christopher Haworth, and EDEN EDEN EDEN, a 6.5-hour recording engineered by Matralab’s Jen Reimer.