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Poster for Akousma 2021

Akousma Montreal

I am thrilled to present the world premiere of my ASMRtronica work We as Waves (2020) as part of the 30th anniversary Akousma Festival in Montreal, Canada.  The programming features an exciting collection of composers that I am happy to be presenting my work alongside.

For more information on the full week of programming and/or to purchase tickets for the festival, click here.

Mélanie Frisoli / Frédéric Auger / Roger-Tellier Craig

Hugo Tremblay / Rouzbeh Shadpey / Erin Gee

– 14 octobre 2021 – USINE C // 7pm

ABOUT AKOUSMA –

Composers Jean-François Denis, Gilles Gobeil, and Robert Normandeau founded Akousma in Montréal in 1991 as a concert production company that showcases works by electroacoustic artists and collectives in Montréal. These works are presented via an immersive sound system, and they take several forms: acousmatic (tape music), mixed (tape and instruments), live (live electronics), video music, or music integrated into other art forms such as dance, performance, or installation.

ASMRtronica

ASMRtronica is an ongoing project developed in the artist’s home-studio during the novel coronavirus pandemic: a manifestation of a desire for intimacy in sound, when touch was not possible.

In ASMRtronica, Gee brings to life a combination of electroacoustic music and the sounds of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos: clicks, whispers, soft spoken voice, taps, and hand gestures inspired by hypnosis, tactility, intimacy, and verbal suggestion. Through ongoing development of this genre, she explores the sonic limits of the sensorial propositions of ASMR, journeying into embodied and unconscious feedback loops in sound.
ASMRtronica will be premiered as a live-concert experience in October 2021, Montreal.

We as Waves (2020) is a collaboration between myself and queer playwright Jena McLean. The text in this work is inspired by an essay by feminist theorist of electronic music Tara Rodgers. What does it mean to enter into an affective relationship of touch with sound? The work embodies a dark narrative of sonic becoming aided by hypnosis and physiological relationship to sound and voice, closed by the the following quotes from queer theologist Catherine Keller:

“As the wave rolls into realization, it may with an uncomfortable passion
fold its relations into the future: the relations, the waves of our possibility,
comprise the real potentiality from which we emerge…”

“We are drops of an oceanic impersonality. We arch like waves,
like porpoises.”

In September 2020 I launched To the Farther as part of MUTEK Montreal’s online exhibition Distant Arcades. It is first a series of music that explore the limits of tactile whispers, proximity, and hypnotic language through ASMR and electronic sound.
To the Farther is the title of the first iteration: A fresh take on texture, form, and the plasticity of reality under digital transformations, also is a “remix” of my ASMR recordings made in Machine Unlearning (2020).

credits

To the Farther released September 8, 2020 by Erin Gee. Music composition and art by Erin Gee.
We as Waves (2020) released August 2021 by Erin Gee. Music composition and performance by Erin Gee. Text by Jena McLean. Videography by Michel de Silva.

Recto VRso Festival: France

Recto VRso Virtual : April 14-16 2021.  https://rectovrso.laval-virtual.com/

Recto VRso Restitution: July 8-11 2021, Musée Ecole Jardin de la Perrine, Laval (France). 

My ASMRtronica work We as Waves (2021) is part of the 2021 Recto VRso festival

For its upcoming edition, Recto VRso reinvents itself and reshapes its format by combining a virtual exhibition and a restitution in the physical world. The 4th edition of the international digital art festival Recto VRso will take place online from 14th to 16th April 2021 in the virtual world of Laval Virtual World.  A second part of the festival will be organized in a physical space from 7th to 11th July 2021 during the international exhibition Laval Virtual.

MUTEK ES/AR

My electronic music in ASMRtronicaTo the Farther (2020) and a preview of new work We as Waves (2021) will be featured in MUTEK Barcelona / MUTEK Argentina : Hybrid Edition 2021.

As part of this edition I was invited to speak at the MUTEK ES/AR symposium “A future without gender” April 21-22. The title of my presentation is Unnatural Emotion: ASMR as feminist gesture in electronic music.

Click here to learn more about getting tickets for the online events

For more information about how to experience the festival online: https://mutek.org/

Noviembre Electrónico – Argentina

November 24-28, 2020
To the Farther (2020) ASMRtronica sound work is featured as part of Noviembre Electrónico in Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of a showcase of artistic work from the 2020 cohort of Amplify D.A.I.

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ABOUT THE EVENT

November Electrónico is the main event for digital and electronic culture in the City of Buenos Aires, which crosses art and science with the alternative world of video games, virtual and augmented reality, and electronic and expanded music.

In this ninth edition, more than 200 artists, developers, researchers and scientists will propose workshops, exhibitions, concerts, workshops, performances, keynote talks, conferences, screenings and many more experiences.

All activities are free and those of a virtual nature will be available at www.noviembreelectronico.elculturalsanmartin.org and at Vivamos Cultura. On the other hand, face-to-face activities in the open air can be enjoyed in the Plaza seca and in the Plaza de las Américas of El Cultural (Sarmiento 1551) from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28, between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., and require prior registration as indicated in the health protocol.

Each Electronic November is a path towards the convergence between culture, science and technology, which expresses the innovative identity of El Cultural San Martín and explores the construction of new audiences.

Since 2012, more than 130 thousand visitors have shared samples, workshops, performances and all kinds of interactive activities, with virtual and augmented reality, electronic music, visualizations and mapping, robots, video games, digital and 3D manufacturing, drones and programming languages.

November Electrónico has the support of the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, the Fundación Banco Ciudad, Fundación Williams, Empower Communities, Cultural Participation Patronage, the British Council, the French Institute, Pro-Helvetia, the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, Centro of Experimentation and Research in Electronic Arts – IIAC – National University of Tres de Febrero, Understanding Visual Music – UVM, National University of San Martín, Object a, FUNDAV.

image of MUTEK 2020 Distant Arcades interface

Distant Arcades: MUTEK Montreal

This exhibition premieres my newest project: “To the Farther” (2020) is a song that combines the aesthetics of ASMR with electronic music. This is part of my ongoing project to produce an ASMRtronica album.  My participation in this exhibition as part of the 2020 Amplify D.A.I. cohort – AMPLIFY D.A.I is an initiative of the British Council in partnership with MUTEK Montréal, MUTEK Buenos Aires and Somerset House Studios in the UK. The programme is supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Fundación Williams.

Distant Arcades