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Sébastien Piquemal
sebpiq@gmail.com
  • Flow festival, Helsinki New Weave 15/08/2015
  • NIME, Baton Rouge Fields 02/06/2015
  • Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki New Weave 20/05/2015
  • Durham Castle, Durham Fields 23/04/2015
  • Islington Mill, Manchester Fields 22/04/2015
  • Ulverston Parish Rooms, Ulverston Fields 19/04/2015
  • EAVI, Goldsmiths, London Fields 17/04/2015
  • Music Hack Space, London Fields 16/04/2015
  • The Louisiana Cellar, Bristol Fields 14/04/2015
  • Cafe OTO, London Fields 12/04/2015
  • Other Worlds Festival, Blackpool Fields 11/04/2015
  • Green Door Store, Brighton Fields 09/04/2015
  • University of Sussex, Brighton Fields 09/04/2015
  • WAC, Ircam, Paris Fields 27/01/2015
  • Gap in the Air, Edinburgh Fields 24/01/2015
  • 3rd Space, Helsinki New Weave 22/01/2015
  • ICLI, Zé Dos Bois, Lisbon Fields 23/11/2014
  • NordiCHI, Helsinki Fields 27/10/2014
  • 3rd Space, Helsinki Fields 25/10/2014
  • NK, Berlin Fields 10/10/2014
  • ICMC, Athens Fields 19/09/2014
  • Mining Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fields 22/06/2014
  • Arkadia bookstore, Helsinki Fields 08/04/2014
Fields

Fields

Fields is a networked system exploring new areas of musical performance and audience participation through the use of mobile technology as a medium for sound diffusion. This project is realized in collaboration with English sound artist Tim Shaw.

Fields stems from a desire to reconfigure the audience-performer relationship. The system allows any audience member to join in, at any time, by simply connecting to a specially designed website with their mobile phone, laptop or tablet. The connected devices become an array of speakers which the performers can control live, resulting in an omnidirectional sonic experience.

The piece doesn't feature a stage and we try with each performance to create a shared and intimate environment for music listening.

Live Recordings
Documentation videos
New Weave

New Weave

In western culture, attending a concert is the dominant context for live music listening. This tradition is generally codified; there tends to be a clear separation between stage and audience, with the focus on the performers, who are sometimes elevated, physically and culturally, to superhuman status. However, outside of this dominant culture there exist many alternative forms of music performance.

Each smart phone being a potential microphone, inviting the audience members to directly participate in a live music show has never been so easy. In New Weave, the audience can connect to a local website with their mobile devices, and are invited through a simple interface to record and send audio samples. These sounds become instantly available as musical material to the performers. As it starts, the piece is nothing but a blank setup and only when the first samples are sent by participants can the musicians start to play, improvising with electronics, trying to organize the flow of sounds.

Snapping their fingers, speaking, whistling into their phones, the participants expose themselves. The musicians on the other hand have to respond instantly to any incoming sound, and are thus in a permanent state of destabilization. Through this open outcome and this double vulnerability, a different type of relationship emerges, based on dialogue and exchange rather than blind hierarchy ; a fragile equilibrium, held together with glitchy rhythms and deep pulsating pads.

3rd Space, 22/01/2015
Pure Data and Raspberry Pi workshops

Pure Data running like a charm on a Raspberry Pi, opens-up a world of possibilities for live performance. Forget expensive, clumsy, heavy computers and synthesizers. You can program this cheap, lovely, credit-card sized computer to be a synthesizer, a granulator, or something much more crazy... Just drop a few of them in your backpack, and you're ready to play anywhere!

04/2014, Helsinki
10/2013, Riga
Versificator

Experiments on automatic recycling of the overwhelming amount of music available on the planet.

05/2013, stream prototype

This is a stream generated continuously from bits of tracks downloaded from SoundCloud. Press play to start listening. This generates mostly random rubish, but it is really just a prototype to test out different technologies.

The tracks are downloaded in the background, an algorithm looks for interesting bits, extracts them and saves them in a database. Then the stream is generated by simply fetching from the database random bits and putting them together.

Note : only ogg stream is available at the moment, so it won't work in Internet Explorer, and might not work in Safari.

11/2014, Stretched and Droned

Demo > HERE

There is lot of audio content and music readily available on the Internet. In fact more than you could ever listen to. So instead of composing everything from scratch all over again, why not just recycling what's already there?

Based on this idea, I built a simple "instrument" that allows you to fetch any track from soundcloud and turn it into a drone by using paulstretch and bit of amplitude modulation and filtering.