The Voice Moves the Air
Opening performance June 14, 2019
Steve Bates (computer) / Sophie Trudeau (organ)
Saint Joseph's Oratory
June 14 - August, 2019
Saint-Joseph's Oratory & Father André's Chapel
Curated by Marie-Josée Jean
As part of Period rooms. 8 expérimentations artistiques
Eight locations across Montréal featuring work by Steve Bates, Thomas Bégin, Pierre Dorion, Frédéric Gravel, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Jocelyn Robert, Claire Savoie, Klaus Scherübel
The Treasury is part of the larger Black Seas project.
The Voices Moves the Air consists of three companion works; a single channel sound installation in Father André's Chapel, a second sound installation in the Oratory and a performance on the Oratory's Rodgers organ.
The resonant frequencies of Father André's Chapel are modulated by a voice reading texts that describe hallucinatory events related to religious and spiritual experience. The audience does not hear the speaking voice but only it's modulation of the tones played back in the room.
A concert will take place June 14 using only the notes and chords of the chapel's resonant frequencies. This performance of minimal music will then provide the raw material for the subtle soundtrack, with light modulation, for the triptych of period rooms in the Oratory basement.