September 25th, 2008
Darling Fondery
An original idea of Jean-François Laporte,

Mainly comprised of pipes of various sizes covered at their ends by supple Latex membranes, these instruments are controlled by a mechanical system and software. This allows them to work independently of human breath (and its limitations), thereby increasing their sound potential and giving them a certain degree of autonomy. Air circulates through the pipes, producing vibrations that range from sharps to flats.

The exhibition will be acoustically adapted to the various halls on its tour: the composer will carefully adjust and synchronize his instruments to create a harmonic coherence that offers an ever-changing polyphonic flow.

Visitors was encouraged to stroll slowly through the space, keeping their ears attuned to the rich and subtle sounds. Psukhô was presented for the first time on September 25, 2008, at the Darling Foundry.

Conception : Jean-François Laporte
Production : Jean-François Laporte and Productions Totem Contemporain
Development of the electronic system : Samuel St-Aubin, Etienne Grenier
Programming : J-F Laporte, Etienne Grenier, Alexandre Burton
Thanks to : The Darling Fondery, Montreal Art Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts

This version of Psukhô was created and filmed at the Darling Fondery, Montreal – Quebec, September 25th 2008.

This version of Psukhô was filmed at the Galerie Le Lieu, Quebec – Quebec, November 2008.