Vent Solaire (2014)

Vent Solaire is a musical work written by Jean-Francois Blouin (Québec) for The Babel Table (Laporte new invented instrument) and Live Electronics.

The translation of the title is Solar Wind. It is inspired by the spectral sounds generated by the thirteen acoustic oscillators that forms the instrument. The tape part has been realized from recordings of the Babel Table and it has the role to densify the sonic continuum of the piece. Holding a microphone in one hand, the musician captures live the sound of the acoustic oscillators that is transformed in real time.

Vent Solaire : for Babel Table and live electronics
Composer : Jean-François Blouin
Musician : Jean-Marc Bouchard
Created : June 7th 2014 during the Totem Électrique VI

Jean-François Blouin (born in 1977 in Chicoutimi, Québec) received a master degree at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, and was granted the Electroacoustic Price from this academy in 2008. He mainly composes for concerts, sound installations and multi-disciplinary shows. His music is shaped by the relation with site, space, sound objects and time.

The integration of cultural elements, classical and traditional instruments, and the use of musique concrète techniques gives his opus a wide range of expression, which is articulated between tradition and modernity, ecology and urbanity, minimalism and spectral density.

Since 2010, he collaborated with fellow composer Benoit Rolland in an interactive project with the native community from Nutashkuan. He also presented creations in Quebec City, Val-David and Montreal. His acousmatic pieces have been heard internationally. In 2013, he was granted by the Canadian Council for the Arts to work on instruments invented by J.F. Laporte.

He is active in the collectives Kohlenstoff (web-diffusion of new music) and Volte21 (multi-disciplinary creation).

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