Friday, September 28, 2012 | Categories: Past Episodes|
In Canada audio artists are at work everywhere, but for some reason especially in Quebec.
PART 1 Mario Gautier says composing with sound goes back a long way and takes many forms and he asks us to be open minded, "fresh in the face of the sound". Serge Olivier puts that to the test, asking busy shoppers in a Montreal market to listen to clips of audio art. "Hole in the head"; Christof Migone's audio compositions are inspired by mental illness and aphasia. "Wall of sound"; Monique Jean's eerie sound installation is made of old car radio speakers.
PART 2 Anna Friz has created a group of talkative audio rebels led by the lonely but determined "Pirate Jenny". Andra McCartney takes us on a 'sound walk' along Montreal's historic Lachine Canal. We eavesdrop on a 'radioactive' composition that will emit sound for half a million years. And we climb inside a grain silo in the old port of Montreal to hear how its vast echoey space is now a "silophone", a musical instrument anyone can play. Finally we invite you to stop your busy life for just thirty seconds to 'shut up and listen' and try to be 'fresh in the face of the sound'.