if then do
Martin Messier
Louis Dufort
Wednesday May 12th at 8 PM
Admission by donationif then do

AKOUSMA is proud to join forces with DAÏMÔN to present a concert devoted to sound. This night will take you into various fields of creation which all have one thing in common, to honor your ears. Your eyes won’t be at rest as Martin Messier will appeal for your vision with his performance using live processing. With the intensity and organicity of the immersive works by Louis Dufort, your eyes will close to let your ears enjoy the moment. The night will begin with the meticulous, grainy, evolutive and very plastic work of Ottawa’s duet ”If then do”.


if then do it ourselves. we prefer to avoid MIDI instruments, efx presets, and prefab synths in some (foolhardy?) attempt to carve out an aesthetic languague that’s our own. we use sampling heavily, beginning w/ live and field recordings that we throw into the sandbox for mucking about, and then, at some point, we get something evocative, a start point, that leads to another sound, and another. & at that point we have a lot of these that are complementary and we think ”structure!” because we’re composerly and love that order about music. but we also love techno. and abstract music. and sometimes we become supsicious of order all together and just want to be free. and wouldn’t it be wonderful, we think, if you could just add them altogether?

if then do will be performing new material for AKOUSMA.

Holding a diploma in drums for jazz interpretation, Martin Messier has completed a bachelor’s degree in electroacoustic composition at the Université de Montréal, and De Montfort University (England, UK). His curiosity for graphic arts has brought him to explore the relationship between sound and image, in which he discovered videomusic and digital motion graphics. It’s this same interest that inspires him to compose music for dance and theatre, the main part of his composition work in the last years. Based on strong aptitudes for rhythm, Messier’s aesthetic can be defined as a complex, left field and happily stange sound amalgam, constantly playing with construction and deconstruction.

L’horloger (the “Clock Maker”) is an audio performance that uses old alarm clocks as sound sources. During the piece, clocks and dials are meticulously and brutally animated to extract their musical qualities. This project is based on memory, on the present, on cyclical activity, and therefore on time! It speaks of time and space, its elasticity, its irreversibility and more troublingly, of its capacity to continue when the individual has stopped!

Louis Dufort, composer based in Montreal, first developed his style through electroacoustic music, and quickly delved into mixed and multimedia music. //He has collaborated with, among others, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM), the Association pour la création et la recherche électroacoustiques du Québec (ACREQ), and Chants libres. //Dufort has won many international prizes. He has been working regularly with the dance company Marie Chouinard since 1996. Louis Dufort is member of the artistic committee of the Élektra festival and SMCQ, and he teaches at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

This is the third installment in a cycle of three pieces: Matério_*, Matério_** et Matério_***. This cycle experiments with “sound” matter, approaching sound matter from its organicity. Musically, these pieces experiment with tone, of course, but also with harmony, rhythm, and movement. The harmonic aspect reaches its peak in the third installment, where acoustic instrumental bodies go through the same manipulations as the sound matter, thus ensuring both dichotomy and symbiosis (even more striking in version 5.1).