Totem Installation

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Présentée le October 15th, 2014

Qi is a visual and sound installation that exhibit several new acoustic OverTones Flutes that are activated by electronic valve controled by Max/Msp software.

“ In traditional Chinese culture, qi (or chi, also Ki in Japanese) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as “natural energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of “qi” is “breath” or “air” “.


Original idea Jean-François Laporte
Conception Jean-François Laporte
Production Jean-François Laporte and Productions Totem Contemporain
Development of the electronic system Samuel St-Aubin
Programming Benjamin Thigpen, Olivier Pasquet, Jean-François Laporte
Commissioned by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden
Thanks to Hellerau, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec

Qi is a new Visual and Sound installation made with several of those new musical instrument that I call the Overtones Tube. The exhibition space is filled with many instruments that are spaced methodically on a several row, all at a equal distance from each other. The top part of the instrument, which is build in a white Acetal material is the main sound generator. With this system I am able to created many different type of rhythmical patterns.

The audience are able to walk inside the installation and made his own path surrounded by the sound of each individual instruments. With this new installation I explore the close relation between the sound of the instruments, the instruments itself and the position of each instruments in the space where the instruments are installed.

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