A_dontingy and Nicholas Bernier
Artengine and No_Type presented two performances by cutting edge new music artists on the occasion of their new CD works Geisteswissenschaften (No_Type, 2007) and Études no 3 pour cordes et poulies (Ekumen, 2007).
Nicolas Bernier has been initiated to musical creation through popular music. His curiosity quickly brought him to electroacoustic composition, which he studied at the Université de Montréal in the classes of Robert Normandeau and Jean Piché. His love of experimentation inspired him to develop acousmatic composition, live electronics, installation and video art as well as music for dance and cinema. In the midst of this eclecticism, however, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual and between organic sound sources and digital processing. An inspired artist, he created the duo Milliseconde topographie in 2004 alongside composer Delphine Measroch. In 2006, he also created the artist collective Ekumen. He has won many awards for his works that have been broadcast in many festivals such as L'Espace du son (Belgium), Akousma (Québec), DotMov Festival (Japan) et Transmediale (Germany).
Self-taught composer, Aimé Dontigny is one of the founding members of the 'free noise' collective Napalm Jazz (Free transgénique, 1998), and of the duet morceaux_de_machines (liberum arbitrium, 2002; Estrapade, 2004).
He devotes himself eagerly to the numerous challenges offered bu the new forms of modern and contemporary improvised musics, and is particularly interested in the development and recognition of those expressive artforms. Since 2003, he has been actively involved in the creation of the Canadian New Music Network, a national, bilingual organization aiming at promoting and widening the horizons to 'new music' (in its broader definition).
His works comprise multiple subltes quotes and references, and his acoustic palette adapts to many different aesthetics, as demonstrate his projects with Diane Labrosse (Télépathie, 2002), Chantal Dumas (Duophone, 2003) and his ongoing yet unreleased collaboration with composer Paul Dolden.
Dontigny regularly presents his work in live settings and in various festivals, such as Rien à voir, Mutek, Périphériques and AlgoRythm(e)s (Montréal), Clonk (Toronto), Digidome (Saskatoon), Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, Résonances (Saint-Nazaire, France), Haunted Folklore (Brussels, Belgium), Totally Huge New Music Festival (Perth, Australia), and Electrofringe New Media Arts Festival (Newcastle, Australia).