Up at the crack of dawn, or shortly thereafter. Bacon and eggs with Al and Deb. We reorganize the ‘handbag’ trunk, manage to stuff Al’s amps into a corner, back down Rte 17 to I87 N to Canada.
No problems at the border, Rte 15 to 132, across the Jacque Cartier Bridge, twice. We pick up Emilie Mouchous in Hochelaga, a district in East Montreal. No time to waste, back on the road Rte 40 to 417 to Ottawa, then back across the river to DAiMON, a media arts center, in Gatineau. We meet the Director, Raphael Neron-Baribeau, and the Technical Director, Michael Caffrey. We unload into a very nice studio space, high ceilings.
Up first are Emilie and Michael, electronics. Emilie plays her own hand-built synth, a very good set with plenty of interaction, playful and full of energy.
Instant Places, Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh, electronics, objects and voice; with Linsey Wellman, saxophone. Linsey’s sax floating over, and under, an expansive, layered, electronic drone. Their sound is large, filling the space, ebbs and flows.
Elka Bong up next, a new connector, the monitor works! A better set, I’m still learning the system, the three contact mics allow more touch-control, one is used to control video gain on the MVIP as well as Bounce on the Swoops, the other two control the Fourses, here’s the patch –
Fire Queen: Aymara Alvarado Sanchez, vocals, saxophone; Jordan David and Piere-Luc Clement, keyboard synths and electronics, close out the evening with ’80’s electronica.
There’s a diverse audience of about 50 people, they stay until the end, we pack up, then hang out and chat. After everyone clears out, Al and I head out with Raphael to his house, one last beer, a brief political discussion, off to bed.