Friday, March 30, 2012

Sound Art: France Jobin / i8u






Canadian artist, celebrated sound sculptor, works released (under the moniker "i8u") on leading labels of the genre such as and/OAR, ATAK, Contour Editions, Dragon's Eye Recordings, Non Visual Objects, Room40 and many others.
And as if that weren't enough, France Jobin also excels in the audio-visual field: performances and video installations at noteworthy festivals (Mutek, Victoriaville, Send + Receive, Club Transmediale, Immersound etc.) and important art venues (Hammer Museum of Los Angeles, San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec etc.).

Her recent audio release, "Surface Tension" on Murmur Records, must necessarily be included among the best albums of the past year.
The latest one, published first under her real name and out in February on L-ne, is titled "Valence": sounds with references to the world of chemistry and perceptible departure from those compositional schemes that we got used to.
A gleaming gem, substance radiating sweetness and light, three long pieces that maintain an inimitable identity, purity, ravishing musicality.






Rigorous aesthetic sensibility, superb skills in sound processing, minimalist imprint as common denominator of most of her work, marked by an amazing simplicity/complexity, rich in subtle, barely audible elements: all that offers an immersive listening experience, all that makes France Jobin a unique figure in this area of exploration.





Photo by Sandor Dobos



Also, some weeks ago, France expressed her opinion about the best works listened to in 2011.
Here it is:
  • Steve Roden - Proximities (Line)
  • Tomas Phillips - Prosa (Tench)
  • Robert Crouch - An Occupied Space (DER)
  • Richard Chartier - Trasparency (Performance) (Line)
  • Richard Garet + Asher Thal-Nir - Melting Ground (Contour Editions)
  • Yann Novak - Presence (hibernate)
  • Paul Devens - Exwork (Moab Records)
  • Mika Vainio - Life (... It Eats You Up) (Editions Mego)


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Discography:

As i8u:

i8u
















Label: Pandora
Cat. #: mpan-0004
Format: CD
Release date: 1999

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Live At Spectre

Label: Pandora
Cat. #: mpan-0006
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2000

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i8u b
















Label: Bake Records
Cat. #: Bake Records 047
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2001

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Untitled

w/ Martin Tétreault

Label: --
Cat. #: --
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2001

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VOLT-AA (01) Le Silence
















w/Alexandre St-Onge, Ælab

Label: Oral
Cat. #: ORAL cdr 01
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2001

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Grasshopper Morphine
















Label: Piehead Records
Cat. #: PIE004
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2002

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Obstacle: Phase 2
















Label: Oral
Cat. #: ORAL cdr 02
Format: CD-R
Release date: 2002

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Diffraction
















Label: Vague Terrain
Cat. #: Vague 5
Format: CD
Release date: 2006

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Anther
















w/ Tomas Phillips

Label: petite sono]
Cat. #: o67
Format: CD
Release date: 2006

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Symbiotic
















w/ Andrew Duke

Label: Pertin_nce
Cat. #: Pertin-nce_006
Format: File, mp3
Release date: 2007



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10-33 cm
















Label: Room40
Cat. #: DRM406
Format: File, mp3, Digital download
Release date: 2008

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Ligne
















w/ Tomas Phillips

Label: Atak
Cat. #: ATAK013
Format: CD
Release date: 2009

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Physical, Absent, Tangible
















w/ Christopher Delaurenti, Gil Sansón, Brian Mackern, Gabriel Galli

Label: Contour Editions
Cat. #: ce.cd_0001
Format: CD-R
Release date: 02/2010

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Unter Den Linden / Und Transit
















w/ Christophe Charles

Label: Non Visual Objects
Cat. #: nvo 022
Format: CD
Release date: 05/2010

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29 Psalms
















Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings
Cat. #: de5030
Format: CD-R
Release date: 10/2010

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Surface Tension
















Label: Murmur Records
Cat. #: MMR-10
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2011

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As France Jobin:

Valence
















Label: Line
Cat. #: LINE_054
Format: CD
Release date: 02/2012

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The Illusion Of Infinitesimal

















Label: Baskaru
Cat. #: karu:27
Format: CD
Release date: 02/2014

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Sans Repères

















Label: Popmuzik Records
Cat. #: popmuzik 002
Format: LP
Release date: 09/2014

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Mirror Neurons

















w/ Fabio Perletta

Label: Dragon's Eye Recordings
Cat. #: der010
Format: CD
Release date: 04/2015

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Singulum

















Label: Line
Cat. #: LINE_075
Format: CD
Release date: 02/2016

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Appears on:
  • Andrew Duke - More Destructive Than Organized (2004, Cognition Audioworks, caw021)
  • flag.frog - Secrets Of The Lake / Foreign Sun (2011, Murmur Records, MMR-05)
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Tracks appear on:
  • Goem - Gast (2001, Mutek_Rec, MTK_CLB01) track: Harusame
  • Andrew Duke - Highest Common Denominator (2002, Piehead Records, PIE010) track: Loon Stats
  • VV.AA. - Save Your Fork, There's Pie! (2002, Piehead Records, PIE012) track: Onua
  • VV.AA. - 60 Sound Artists Protest The War (2003, Atak, --) track: No
  • VV.AA. - A Baker's Dozen Part 1 (2004, Adozen, adz001) track: Friday
  • VV.AA. - Mutek 04 (2004, Mutek_Rec, MTK04) track: 1/4 (w/ Magali Babin)
  • VV.AA. Spellewauerynsherde, Interpretations Various & Sundry (2005, TRANS>PARENT RADIATION, TRANS001) track: Spelle [i8u] 1570-1 In Willis & Clark Cambridge (1886) III. 594 For Vppyng Ye Swannes And Wynteryng Them .xxiijs.
  • VV.AA. - Keeping The Neighbors Up All Night (2006, Pertin_nce, Pertin_05) track: Felt Not Heard (w/ Andrew Duke)
  • VV.AA. - Extract - Portraits Of Soundartists (2007, Non Visual Objects, nvo 011) track: Steganography
  • VV.AA. - Hmmm Remix Compilation (2007, Le Son 666, 666-13) track: Dodecahedron
  • VV.AA. - Mutek 10 (2009, Mutek_Rec, MTK10) track: Whispering In Body Language
  • VV.AA. - Send + Receive: 10 Years Of Sound (2009, Send + Receive Editions, --) track: (2005)
  • VV.AA. - Flowers: Dragon's Eye Fourth Anniversary (2009, Dragon's Eye Recordings, de6006) track: Gallowalking
  • VV.AA. - Untitled 10 (The Black Album) (2010, Untitled & After, UA10) tracks: Hovercraft, Hovercraft (Chaircrusher Remix) (w/ Andrew Duke)
  • VV.AA. - Michelangelo Antonioni - Trilogy And Epilogue (2010, and/OAR, and/36) track: Untitled
  • VV.AA. - 10 (2011, Room40, DRM410) track: Higgs
  • Mathon - Terrestre Remixes (2011, Everest Records, ER_DVD_046) track: Sublim (i8u Remix)
  • VV.AA. - Iron: Dragon's Eye Sixth Anniversary (2012, Dragon's Eye Recordings, de6010) track: Apophis
  • VV.AA. - Unearthed From Airwaves (2011, IO SOUND – IO/001) track: 'Til Death
  • VV.AA. - 14 Tracks: Digital Abduction (2012, Boomkat, bundle_218) track: D Orbital
  • tmymtur - 呼応 (2013, ENSL AMDC, en005) track: 05.09.2012/0 (i8u Remix)
  • VV.AA. - Framework Seasonal - Issue #4 Spring 2013 (2013, Framework Radio, --) track: Morongo
  • VV.AA. - Livingvoid (2014, --, --) track: Untitled
  • VV.AA. - [ Q01 ] (2014, Farmacia901, Q01) track: Baryons
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    Links:
    France Jobin / i8u

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