Electric Fields: Church Music

Roger Tellier-Craig will be one of the three performers showcased tomorrow night at 9pm at St Brigid’s Center for the Arts a part of Electric Fields. Two other performances will be Martin Bédard and Jean François Laporte. The line-up has been orchestrated through collaboration between Artengine and Montréal based electro-acoustic festival Akousma.

Le Révélateur – Fictions [Gneiss Things; 2011]

For Electric Fields Tellier-Craig will be performing live with a late 1970s Roland analogue mono-phonic synthesizer, blended with tracks from his new record Fictions. The structure of the music is computer sequenced, but the lead voice will be performed by hand by Tellier-Craig on the synth. Normally, when Tellier-Craig performs he does so as a duo under the name Le Révélateur, with Sabrina Ratté who creates corresponding moving images that play homage to late 1970s early 1980s computer video artists like Lillian Schwartz, Laurence Gartel, Toshio Matsumoto, Larry Cuba, Erkki Kurenniemi, etc. but the focus for Electric Fields will be purely on the sound.

Roger Tellier-Craig. Photo by Sabrina Ratté.

Known mostly from his time as a guitarist in the instrumental, minimalist post-rock bands God Speed! You Black Emperor and Fly Pan Am, Tellier-Craig has always been interested in synthesizers and electronic music. After overcoming the learning curve required to play the synth, he was hooked. “It just so much more sense to me than playing guitar. Guitar has never been something I really liked that much.”

Tellier-Craig has an interest in the historical legacy of older technologies. “When I first heard sequencers I thought they were cheesy and found them kind of kitsch.” But as he dug further into the technology and it’s history he began to realize that at some point in time synthesizers were new, and their kitsch associations have come through overuse in cinema, television and mass media.

He became interested in recontexualizing synth sounds by putting them in conjunction with other sounds from different eras. Tellier-Craig combines dense atonal and discordant sounds with new age music, with all it’s excessive historical baggage. He contrasts references to the Berlin school of electronic/pop music with density and noise inspired by Iannis Xenakis’ pioneering use of mathematical models in music. This mix-up and confusion is something that interests Tellier-Craig; he sees it as a challenge to move beyond comfort zones and familiar styles. While he takes inspiration from older music and technologies, his aspiration is for his music to move beyond updating and seek out challenging and uncomfortable surprises. The reverb inside St Brigid’s will present a different kind of challenge, and will require some adaptation to work with the ten speaker surround sound system and the acoustics of the space.

All music on the night will be taken from his latest album Fictions, with a limited run of 500 there are only 100 left to purchase online from the label Gneiss Things and Forced Exposure. Listen to a sample from the album, a track Age Maze, which will feature in the Electric Fields performance: http://soundcloud.com/le-revelateur/age-maze

Tickets are $10 and are available to purchase from Artengine.

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  1. […] Post and photographs by Rémi Thériault. Originally posted on Artengine. A preview post of the show is also available on Artengine’s website. […]

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