Psukhô (2008)

Psukhô, a Greek word that means “breath, life and soul”, is a visual and sound installation featuring the invented wind instruments Tu-Yos.

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.

Original idea Conception Jean-François Laporte
Production Jean-François Laporte and Productions Totem Contemporain
Development of the electronic system S. 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


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