Imaginary Optics #3


This piece was composed on an octophonic speaker array in Montreal, using percussion sound recordings that I made at Ryan Scott’s house. He had the patience and generosity to let me record anything in his vast instrumentarium: Korean bombshell casing, Lion’s Roar, Cidelos Ihos, Century-old jazz cymbal...I then recorded improvisations on vintage war-era electronic oscillators in Montreal. After a long period of sound processing and generating rhythms with LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators), visuals finally started to come together. Synchresis between audio and video was obtained through live audiovisual improvisation with percussive electronics. In terms of visual aesthetics, this piece was inspired by Russian constructivism and American minimalism. I wanted (want) to explore the possibilities of optics and three-dimensionality in abstract audiovisual composition. Space, texture and movement can all be augmented with optical apparatus. Here we go through the looking glass.

I would like to thank Ryan Scott, Elisha Denburg, Continuum's ensemble and everyone involved in PIVOT for their time and generosity. Special thanks to my mentor Jimmie Leblanc, who has given me ideas and concepts to explore beyond the scope of this project.

Maxime Corbeil-Perron CA

Maxime Corbeil-Perron is a composer and moving-image artist whose work has been noticed by many international competitions and events. His work has been described as "pushing the boundaries of abstraction" (Silence and Sound, 2015) and "defying any explication or labelling" (La Folia, UK, 2015).

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Maxime Corbeil-Perron