Edmund Eagan is an audio manipulator extraordinaire. bringing over 35 years of professional experience to his work. During his career he has explored many varied musical genres, resulting in numerous award winning productions. As well as doing original music and sound design work, Edmund has participated in numerous audio recordings both as performer and producer, and has been extensively involved in the design and operation of the most expressive electronic musical instrument ever built, the Continuum Fingerboard, manufactured by Haken Audio. Edmund is also a three time keynote speaker at the yearly ContinuuCon conferences that celebrate this unique and ground breaking instrument.
Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse (AKA Instant Places) use performances, generative installations, and telematic networks to create instant places of imagination and connection. As a collaborative team they have travelled the world making Instant Places art on location, throughout the UK/Europe, Australia, Japan, in the USA/South America and from coast to coast in Canada. From January 17—27 2019 they will be streaming generative audiovisuals from their studio in Vieux Hull to the world. The A/V stream may be accessed here: http://instantplaces.ca/pod-dreamers-radio-home/
For the MEGAPHONO performance they will be transforming voice using a touch-sensitive interface to a purpose-built hardware/software system, and prepared guitar through a combination of external effects and modular synthesis.
Amato and Charbonneau have worked together off and on since their earliest days of music-making, Synth Works Vol.1 is actually your first occasion to hear these two together specifically as a duo. This project continues on a path initially forged by early electronic artists like Harmonia, Neu! and Laurie Spiegel, among many others. Synth Works Vol.1 is a slow, pensive experience that unfolds over many listens. Entirely self-produced and thoughtfully rendered, the music was made over long distance while each player was on tour with other bands; Charbonneau developed the modular synth elements, and Amato fleshed out the minimalist arrangements with texture and melody, until ultimately the two reconvened to sculpt, edit and mix these instrumental tracks. The spacious soundscapes, unidentifiable sounds and complex textures offer suggestive nods to some ambient music references, but there remains always a melodic thread that brings the work into focus. Charbonneau and Amato plumb the depths of all of their unique sensibility, talent and shared history to bring you something calming, compelling and entirely new.
and a film screening of
Modulo: Ottawa’s Synth Secret
Dir. Travis Boisvenue, Prod. Ryan Gibson
at House of Common / Maison de la commune
11b Fairmont Ave
Free with MEGA, FO’SHOWS or FO’ SHOWS+ passes.
Festival passes available here: megaphono.eventbrite.com
Doors at 3:00 pm