immerse(d) is an event series bringing together artists, scientists, practitioners and technologists to explore how deep immersive music and sound can optimally impact us, individually and collectively.
Sound is energy,
Music is universal,
Bass is foundational.
Partners are a network of dedicated creators committed to exploring the connection between sound and humanity.
Panels + Conversation / 15h - 18h / Salon D
MC - Alexis Charpentier
The body-interface: Perception through biology, psychology and cultural formation.
Can there be healing through sound?
Theories, practice, perspectives
This panel explores the complicated subject of how sound impacts health and wellbeing, drawing on perspectives from cognitive neuroscience, music/sound therapy and artistic practices. Recognizing that healing, health and wellness take many forms, this panel opens discussions surrounding how sound influences these concepts in the disciplines of research, therapy and art.
Behind the curtain: Mental Health in Music
Many artists in our music community struggle with mental health issues in silence. This talk is meant to shed light on one artist’s journey with mental health and music in hopes of speaking to the many. Setting a stage for future discussion in our community around a topic that is very prevalent but exist so often in the shadows.
Installation + Interactive / 18h - 22h / Salon D
Participants will be guided in setting up their sound and haptics wearables. They will be encouraged to walk through Phi Centre in “discovery” mode: the more BLE packets are travelling within the space, the more sound and haptics traffic will be discovered. They will reflect on the implications of growing cyborg radio-surveillance, including the potential for activism and education through art.
The LUCID installation is a fully immersive environment that guides users through a personalized and therapeutic universe of sound and light. Powered by an artificially intelligent system, the “dream-like” experience provides users the ability to co-create their environment through the unique behaviour of their brainwaves. Paired with the in-person experience, users are also provided with free personalized content to take home.
Cocktail / 18h - 20h / Espace Plateau
Listening Sessions / Recording Studio & Post Suite
An intimate session in the Phi Centre’s state-of-the-art recording studios, hosted by the three performing artists. Each artist offers a “sneak peak” into some unreleased or upcoming music, followed by a brief discussion around their creation process.
15 minute sessions; Free with a day pass; Limited capacity; First come, first serve (RSVP sign up on site).
Chill Zone Open-Listening / 18h - 20h / Space A
A chance to come to ground and relax. Ambient and downtempo recordings are offered by three artists from Montreal’s chill-out scene. The listening space is outfitted with SUBPAC wearable technology for a physical listening experience.
“To return to the source of things, one has to travel in the opposite direction.”
Featuring transformed field recordings, "Refraction" take the listener on a journey through the mediums
“A Collage of Life”
A years worth of selected modular recordings with a focus on lo frequencies.
Live A/V Performances / 20h - 23h / Space A
Three live performances by world-class audio-visual artists, including Ninja Tune’s Daedelus. Participants physically experience sound using SubPac wearable technology (limited quantity available). Performances use live installation, visual projections and audio-reactive lighting.
Ripple In The Wishing Well
Encounters with reverberation - Elysha Poirier blends and folds light, geometry and water with the fluid and grounded low end rhythms of Felicia Lush.
Convulsive Beauty is an exploration of vibration through touch, sound and light; exploring vibration from subsonic up through supersonic. Colors pitched down into notes, notes into chords, chords down to rhythms, rhythms into drones, and drones down until they are slow, visible undulations like an earthquake, unheard but felt by the touch. Synesthesia through pitch shifting.
The name is taken from Lacan’s description of madness as a type of “convulsive beauty”.
Improvised plunderphonics and modular squiggles, but mostly honeyed melodies and deep bass. Accompanied by visual translation in realized waves, Cymatic and decoded.
General Direction – Sarah Lamb
Art Direction – Michael Dean, Sarah Lamb
Tech/Operations – Michael Dean, Phil Rochefort
Strategic Partnerships – Hillary Graham
Marketing and Communications – Hillary Graham, Alicia Hovinga
Graphic Design/Visual Campaign – Patrice Tremblay
Video/Photo – Alexander Seltzer, Laura Arwen Berg
Translation – Marc Bartissol, Martin Prego
+ many thanks to the Phi Centre team and to all of our volunteers!
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