presented by Myriam Bleau — Digital Artist and Composer
Soft Revolvers is an audiovisual performance for 4 spinning tops built with clear acrylic by the artist. Each top is associated with an ‘instrument’ in an electronic music composition and the motion data collected by sensors – placed inside the tops – informs musical algorithms. With their large circular spinning bodies and their role as music playing devices, the interfaces strongly evoke turntables and DJ culture, hip hop and dance music. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the body of the objects in a precise counterpoint to the music, creating stunning spinning halos.
The work received an honorary mention from Ars Electronica PrixArs 2015, Digital Musics and Sound Art. It has been hosted by many prestigious festivals including Ars Electronica 2015, Linz Austria - Maintenant Festival, Rennes, France - Biennale Nemo, Paris - DigitalLife/Roma Europa Festival, Rome -Elektra Festival, Montréal - Scopitone Festival, Mois Multi, Québec city - Nantes France.
About the Performer
Montreal native Myriam Bleau is a composer, digital artist and performer. Exploring the limits between musical performance and digital arts, she creates audiovisual systems that go beyond the screen, such as sound installations and performance-specific musical interfaces. Her presence on the popular music scene influence her hybrid electronic practice that integrates hip hop, techno and pop elements. Her work has been presented and recognized internationally: Prix Ars Electronica 2015 (AT), Elektra (CA), Transmediale (DE), BFI (UK).