Noise from the Dark
Studio 303, Montréal, November 29, 1997
- Caravane - Bernard Dubreuil
- Sonic Fish Caller - Jon Asencio
- Pacific 462 - Douglas Doherty
- Ancient voices - Trisha Pope
- I haven't seen you for a long time - Alex MacSween
- L'aéroport - Éric Létourneau/Benjamin Muon et Josée Tremblay/Esoj Souk
Noise from the Dark / Bruits du Noirwas born at Studio 303 Dance & Related Arts, one of Montreal's most active alternative performance venues, in January 1994. Since that time this event has occurred on seven occasions, uniting a diverse array of artists who have pursued sound explorations under the cover of absolute darkness. The idea is simple and profoundly unique. Invite artists who work in the medium of sound to create works that will be experienced by an audience which will have zero visual perspective into the performance environment. Past works have included diverse forms of modified and natural acoustic instruments, taped and live electroacoustic works, twenty-plus voice choirs, "found" instruments, poetry, performance works, musique actuelle any manner of dealing with spatialisation in a sonic environment.
Bombarded with visual stimuli at every turn and corner in our daily lives, Noise from the Darkis a unique experience in which eyes become useless and ears acutely attuned. With each representation audience members leave in a state of enthrallment, having gone through an aural experience/ritual unlike anything else they have ever witnessed. Past artists have included (in no particular order) Diane Labrosse, Pierre Dostie, André Pappathomas, Choeur Mruta Mertsi, Neil Wiernik, Allan Paivio, Steve Montambault, Fortner Anderson, Christof Migone, Kathy Kennedy, Claude Schryer, Pete Stollery (U.K.), Michael Century, Brit Besson, the UFO Research Group, Alex MacSween, Eric Létourneau/Josée Tremblay, Alexandre St-Onge/Nicolas Letarte/Maryse Poulin, Jean Daviault/Sylvain Davio, Douglas Doherty (U.K.) and many others.
Studio 303 Dance and Related Arts came into existence in 1989, offering Montreal's artistic community a resource centre for training, creation and performance. Dedicated to establishing opportunities for performing artists to develop their creative voices, Studio 303 regularly programs innovative training courses, a regular performance series and special events which extend the boundaries of perception for both artist and audience.
With Didgeridoo growls, Tuvan overtones, Tibetan chanting and shamanic calls, Bernard goes walkabout on the sonic trail. Nomads of this modern world, tune to his Caravan!
Bernard is the founder and director of the Harmonic Studio of Montreal.
Sonic Fish Caller - Jon Asencio
For many years fisherman have looked for ideas that will help them catch fish. Then some scientists and biologists found out that fish (and other marine animals) communicate with sounds they don't talk obviously, but they can make sounds that represent danger or other basic responses.
Jonathan Ascencio is a Montreal musician/performer who has been known to attempt contact with extraterrestrials.
Sonic Fish Caller — Jon Asencio
The Pacific 462 is the English name for an engine. In this work there are three arrivals of entirely imaginary trains; a four cylinder engine, a three cylinder engine, and finally both a three and four together. Underpinning this imaginary world is a hypnotic rhythmic foundation which uses touch tone dialling transposed up and down to create a continuous texture.
Douglas Doherty has composed many pieces of music, specializing in music for tape and instruments. His work has been performed all over the world. He has worked with many eminent performers of contemporary music including Barrie Webb, Roger Heaton and Philip Mead.
"A vocal sound suite composed by Trisha Pope."
This piece is a vocal metaphor for the interlocking and everchanging elements of nature. This sets stage for a middle-eastern solo that longs for ascension and final connection to all that is a sacred and divine.
Trisha Pope is a professional singer, vocal coach, choir conductor and sound healer (the study of how sound influences the body mind, emotions and spirit). She toured night clubs and concert halls across Canada and Japan for 15 years. She also went to Southern India in 1992 to study Indian vocal technique.
Ancient voices — Trisha Pope
I haven't seen you for a long time - Alex MacSween
Alex MacSween plays drums in the rock band Bionicsand in improvisational Detentionwith guitarist Sam Shalabi. He has composed scores for dance and theatre in North America and Europe, and works in Montreal as an accompanist for modern dance classes. Alex performed in Noise from the Dark last year and is very glad to be involved again this year. He likes to watch tv and is very handy with tools.
I haven't seen you for a long time — Alex MacSween
L'aéroport - Éric Létourneau/Benjamin Muon et Josée Tremblay/Esoj Souk
Travaux des correspondances / The Mechanical Sign System
Éric Létourneau received his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Jakarta for the research he did in New Guinea on the displaced populations of Okiyawa. He has lectured on his discoveries in the Port-au-Prince, Sarajevo, and St.-Hubert airport terminals. The subject was the mystical extasy of pre-Columbian strata and echo displacement particular to airport architecture.
Aside from being Gilles Deleuze's last unofficial spouse, Josée Tremblay is an S&M Mistress specialising in the cultural sonography of the Panama region. She teaches ancient (dead) languages at University of Quebec and periodically gives seminars on the subject in the Chicoutimi airport terminal.
L'aéroport — Éric Létourneau/Benjamin Muon et Josée Tremblay/Esoj Souk
Few minutes of theatre Leah Raeven Vineberg
Directed by Annabel Soutar
Maybe if I slow down enough to listen to you
You will hear what I'm saying
Am I supposed to be speaking for you?
Pour plus d'information sur Bruits du Noir ou les autres activités du Studio 303, contacter Paul Caskey au:
Studio 303, 372 Sainte Catherine O., Montréal (Québec) Canada
+1 514 393 3771
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For more information on Noise from the Dark, or Studio 303's other activities, contact Paul Caskey at:
Studio 303, 372 Sainte Catherine O., Montreal (Quebec) Canada
+1 514 393 3771
Sound Technician, Post-Production: Jean-François Prud'homme email@example.com
Web editors: Yves Gigon & Jef Chippewa
Translation: Josée Tremblay
- Bernard Dubreuil
- Jon Asencio
- Douglas Doherty
- Trisha Pope
- Alex MacSween
- Éric Létourneau
- Josée Tremblay
© Productions electro Productions (*PeP*) 1998
- Bernard Dubreuil