Nicolas Bernier – Frequencies (a/archive) [CD]


Nicolas Bernier – Frequencies (a/archive) [CD]


Label: 901 Editions

Format: CD

Year: 2019

“The piece frequencies (a / archives) is a composition based on sounds from the scientific archives of Rennes 1 University (France). This impressive collection of antique scientific apparatus includes one of the few remaining "Grand Diapason" built by Rudolph Koenig circa 1880. The two gigantic forks of the Grand diapason can generate acoustic vibrations between 32 and 48 hertz. This range of frequencies are (barely) heard in the composition, among other sounds from the archives, mainly tuning forks. The piece is metaphorically building a sonic bridge between past and present, like a lullaby in memory of those scientists, inventors and objects to whom we owe the history of sonic research.

The project was initially commissioned by Electroni[k] as a radiophonic web version. A second longer version was made later on for the Immerson concert series created by France Jobin. The two versions are reunited together for the first time on this release. “ –901 Editions

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Nicolas Bernier bio:

Nicolas Bernier creates audiovisual installations, performances, musique concrète, live electronics improvisations and video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and within interdisciplinary contexts.

In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between tangible materials and digital means.

Awardee of the prestigious Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2013 (Austria), his work have been presented in major events and venues like SONAR (Spain), Mutek (Canada), DotMov Festival (Japan), ZKM (Germany), Transmediale (Germany) and LABoral (Spain) to name a few. His sound compositions are widely published on electronic music labels: 901 Editions (Italy), Crónica (Portugal), LINE (US), leerraum (Switzerland), Entr’acte (UK) and empreintes DIGITALes (Québec).

He holds a PhD in sonic arts from the University of Huddersfield (UK). He his a member of Perte de signal, CIRMMT and Hexagram media arts research and development centres based in Montreal. He his teaching in the Digital Music program of the Université de Montréal.