Montreal-based artist duo Nicolas Bernier and Martin Messier aka La chambre des machines (The Mechanical Room) are a performance duo fascinated by the relationship between analogue and digital sound production. They use grandiose machines made out of retro-style gears and cranks, such as cogs, levers, with in-built projectors. Their multi-purpose instruments look like a futuristic mash-up made out of the sort of ornate appliances one would find in their grandparents’ attic.
Quebecois designer, Alexandre Laundry, conceives the majority of their physical machines, which the artists manipulate to produce industrial soundscapes that sit at a crossroads between acoustic and electronic resonance. Audiences of the duo’s performances are immersed in an all-encompassing field of noise during shows that take place in both small and large-scale auditoria, as well as in the public realm.
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