October 18, 2023
Day 1 -
1345 Ave. Lalonde, Montréal, QC H2L 5A9
1st prize of the 2023 JTTP composition contest
The Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s Jeu de temps /Times Play competition highlights new electroacoustic works produced by young or emerging composers and sound artists from or living in Canada.
The winner of the 1st prize will be revealed in mid-September.
Francis Dhomont (fr)
An ardent exegete of the acousmatic modality, his work has, since 1963, consisted exclusively of pieces on support which testify to a constant interest in morphological writing and for the ambiguities between sound and the image that it can arouse.
Mega-Hertz Grand Prix 2013 (Germany), Doctor Honoris causa from the University of Montreal. SACEM 2007 Prize for best contemporary electroacoustic creation. Career scholarship from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (2000).
He has received numerous distinctions for his works, including, in 1999, five first international prizes for four of his works. Recipient in 1997 of the Lynch-Staunton Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, 1st Prize (1981) and “Magisterium” Prize (1988) at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France), Ars Electronica Prize 1992 (Austria), etc. .
From 1978 to 2004, he shared his activities between France and Quebec, where he taught at the University of Montreal from 1980 to 1996. He now lives in Avignon (France) and devotes himself to composition and theoretical reflection.
The very first concert presented by Réseaux des arts médiatiques (Akousma) was given on Saturday, November 2, 1991, at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, in Montreal. It was a concert by Francis Dhomont, who was celebrating his 65th birthday at the time.
His work on electrocd
SOMME TOUTE (2022) 14’30”
spatialized by Louis Dufort
To Anette Vande Gorne
Looking/listening to a journey spanning more than fifty years and more than ninety opuses. Reminder, nostalgic assessment, synthesis, outcome perhaps.
This free abstraction, introduced by my latest writing choices, is the testimony of a long journey over the successive discoveries which constitute my contribution to the rich acousmatic repertoire. It also alludes to eighteen of my milestone works, temporal testimonies which could summarize the evolution of my thought and my language. FD
Commissioned by Musiques & Recherches and composed in the composer's studio in Avignon (France).
Mourad Bncr (ca)
Multimedia artist based in Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang (Montreal). Mourad Bncr's sound and visual work is inspired by the concept of ephemeral memory. His creations infused with beat music leave a lot of room for texture and detail, establishing links between his North African cultural heritage, universes imbued with science fiction and a fascination with technological obsolescence. Over the years, he has led a prolific professional career as a trainer and sound designer specializing in the creation of immersive environments, spatialized audio and mixed reality, with recurring collaborators such as French artist Pierre Friquet or again the Nature Graphique and Iregular studios. Combining real sound recording, instrumentation, sound synthesis and microsampling techniques, his musical language appropriates the notion of space in a unique way and comes close to cinematic composition. He wrote the music for several films, collaborating on the work of directors such as Nicolas Lachapelle, Ariel St-Louis Lamoureux, Florian Delafournière and Kibwe Tavares. After several musical releases under the alias Famelik, a project between electronica and abstract-hip hop which has occupied him since 2007, his musical project assumes several different trajectories, giving rise to different aliases including [indistinct voices over PA], a project encapsulating the most abstract aspects of his creations. His EP UNREST, released by Unlog in 2021, is intended to be a synthesis of this journey, an assumed transition towards a new musical color.
Guillaume Côté (ca)
Through a blend of concrete, synthetic and vocal materials, sound artist Guillaume Côté explores the territorial, linguistic and social dynamics specific to Quebec.
His eclectic artistic research is based not only on the encounter with the Other through a musical discourse with narrative or informative aims, but also on the abstraction induced by modular systems.
An avid collaborator, he is co-founder of the audio-digital creation company Trames, of Falaises and Aubes collective, as well as holding the position of technical-artistic support at Avatar center in Quebec City, Canada.
Discrete Stream of Light, released in 2023, is his first solo release.
Discrete Stream of Light (2022) 20’
Arpeggiated patterns, hypnotic repetitions, all within reach of a discrete stream of light.
A 20-minute work containing 4 distinct movements. Originally recorded in real time, with no subsequent modifications, the version presented at Akousma takes up the same principle of spontaneity, with everything played in real time.