Photo of the installation Psukhô


Jean-François Laporte


Darling Foundry

Written by

Jean-François Laporte



Original idea:

Jean-François Laporte

Mainly comprised of pipes of various sizes covered at their end 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, from sharps to flats, cover a great deat of the aural spectrum.

Visitors are 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 25 September 2008, at the Darling Foundry.

Design: Jean-François Laporte
Production: Jean-François Laporte and Productions Totem Contemporain
Development of the electronic system: Samuel St-Aubin, Étienne Grenier
Programming: Jean-François Laporte, Étienne Grenier, Alexandre Burton
Thanks to: The Darling Foundry, Montréal Arts Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

This version of Psukhô was premiered and filmed at the Darling Foundry, Montréal (Québec), on 25 September 2008.

This version of Psukhô was filmed at the Galerie Le Lieu, Québec (Québec), in November 2008.