Thursday March 15 2018
7 pm - 8:30 pm
Free admission

From synthesizers' beginnings as massive, expensive and highly specialized systems in the 1970s, various transformations have occurred over four decades. Methods and access have gradually become democratic and hybrid, while integrating tactile and collaborative processes. Social and technological developments between humans and machines have contributed to a greater variety of approaches. The presenters will discuss their motivations to create with synthesizers in an array of socially charged situations.

Presentation by:

Ricardo Dal Farra, composer and transdisciplinary artist, presents a historical overview of the use of synthesizers and other electronic musical instruments through his own experience with live and interactive systems for over four decades. Dal Farra is a professor of electroacoustic music composition and media arts at the Music Department of Concordia University. He is a Hexagram and Milieux research member.

André Eric Létourneau discusses his interest in synthesizer vacuum tubes, as explored through the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon and the concept of "technical individuals". Létourneau is a media and transmedia artist, researcher, author, musician, composer and curator. He is a professor in Communication Studies at UQAM's École des médias and is also Hexagram's codirector.

Max and Honey Pazhutan, recent immigrants to Montréal, discuss the challenges to compose electronic music in Iran. Their project Twarc Pyroelectric focuses mainly on compositions with recent analogue synthesizers. Max "MP" Pazhutan is a composer/synthesist/instrumentalist whose works are very diverse and range from Electronic Experimental to Conceptual Sound Art. Pazhutan is also a prolific educator, teaching internationally using remote means over the internet to compose and perform Electronic, Jazz, Experimental music. Honey "vH+" Pazhutan is a sound artist, a researcher of arts, philosophy and science, and a composer. Her interest in composition is rooted predominantly in modern and contemporary music, most notably John Cage. vH+ believes that technology eventually decreases the size of the gap between utopia and reality.


Cochaired by Nina Czegledy and Gisèle Trudel
The Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) are a series of lectures and presentations on art,science and technology, in connection with Leonardo / The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo / ISAST). In 2014 the Hexagram Network was added to the list of prestigious hosts. LASER Hexagram / Montreal offers Hexagram members and guest practitioners of arts and sciences the opportunity to publicly discuss their research.

Thursday March 15 2018
7 pm - 8:30 pm
Biological Sciences Pavillon
141, av. du Président-Kennedy
Room SB-4105, 4th floor

Free admission
Bilingual event

Image : The Pazhutans in their studio. Photo credit : Heliya Haq.

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