Espace [IM]Media

Pierre-Luc Lecours


Transmission | Cipher


Listening angles - 37-45 Wellington Sud

Transmission I Cipher is an audiovisual performance that musicalizes different transmission and conversion patterns of information into rhythmic and sonic sequences. The use of a 15 loudspeakers device, divided into three axes forming a triangle ensures that each pole becomes an information transmission point. Coded messages in the musical sequences – words transformed into binary codes – are decoded as the performance progresses, evolving from saturation to gradual signal purging. By saturation and purging, one must understand that rhythmic sequences pass through a progression in terms of audibility of sound content until words, initially coded, are dictated via synthetic voices. It is also the formal path of the performance, that is, its perceptible sound structure.

All types of codes “are” information: they contain data. At the same time, what is called information is a data formatting, which is also its own transmission vehicle. By putting them into sound, then in words of information, the work itself becomes a process of transformation in real time of the “vehicle” that transports them, thus questioning the intrinsic mutability of sound matter.