Marsh Chapel Experiment


Marsh Chapel Experiment is structured as an expedition into tempo and motion manipulation...from the perspective of a 1960s special effects designer...on psilocybin. Stop motion, slow motion, fast motion, blurring, freezing (frozen in time) are visual effects that are recontextualized or reinterpreted in a musical environment in an attempt to convey what these effects might sound like. In this work these effects are taken to the extreme, revealing technical flaws and defects. The stop motion is missing too many frames and is erratic and choppy. The slow motion is hyper slow, stretching, pixelating and ultimately damaging the picture beyond recognition. The blurring effects occur at inopportune moments for far too long, distorting and obscuring the source material. The editing is rapid and relentless resulting in a jumpy picture, which sometimes completely blacks out. At specific points during the work ghetto blasters play back cassette tapes–also flawed and defective. The content on the tapes is primarily background vocals extracted from karaoke tapes, many of which are tracks from the late 1950s and 1960s. The tapes interweave with the ensemble to embellish this sonic emulation of exploited visual effects.

Nicole Lizée CA

Called a “brilliant musical scientist” and lauded for “creating a stir with listeners for her breathless imagination and ability to capture Gen-X and beyond generation”, JUNO-nominated composer and video artist Nicole Lizée creates new work from an eclectic mix of influences including turntablism, glitch, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, and 1960s psychedelia.

Her commission list of over 50 works includes the Kronos Quartet, BBC Proms, San Francisco Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, NYC’s Kaufman Center, So Percussion, and Eve Egoyan. Her music has been performed worldwide in venues including Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall – and in festivals including the BBC Proms (UK), Roskilde (Denmark), Bang On a Can (USA), Classical:NEXT (Rotterdam), All Tomorrow’s Parties (UK), Barbican’s Sound Unbound (UK), Metropolis (Australia), Luminato (Canada), and Dark Music Days (Iceland).

Nicole was awarded the prestigious 2013 Canada Council for the Arts Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music. She is a 2016 Lucas Artists Fellow (California) and 2010 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow (New York City/Italy). In 2015 she was selected by composer Howard Shore to be his protégée as part of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. Additional awards and nominations include a Prix Opus, an Images Festival Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award in Opera, the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers’ Top 10 List, and the Canada Council Robert Fleming Prize for achievements in composition.

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Nicole Lizée