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When was the last time you could simultaneously play 160 speakers without the cops kicking at your door?

Friday night,  Montreal’s SAT was the place to be as we witnessed the beginning of a brand new installment (the second season) of the SUBSTRAT series of musical extravaganza, using SAToshere gorgeous 360 installations (for once plunge into the dark) full sound power. The Brady bunch from Akousma Fest, with a string of their local roster of artists, including Simon Choini, France Jobin, Diminic Thibault and Robert Normandeau, composed this opening night. As Akousma is concern, they will be back on the SAT scene next October as part of the Fest.

Sound spacialization, experimentation, electroacoustic and acousmatic music were on the menu. Many of the sonic landscapes heard on the evening would certainly have pleased Andrei tarkovsky. Some of the sounds were created using takes of the vintage classic analog EMS VCS3 Synth (made famous by Pink Floyd and the the Who) created by David Cockerell and Tristam Cary (and we dig for Mr Cary’s work at Cinetalk.net).

Because there is usually plenty to see, when diving into SAT’s 360 degree super Dome, we sometimes forget that this spectacular structure hides enough speakers to fill a warehouse. So there is also plenty to hear. Thus, the significance of the Substrat series and their guests.

Right on SAT! You’re one of Montreal’s greatest cultural assets. But you already knew that?

*** Missed it? SUBSTRAT #2 at SAT will be on with artists Gabriel Ledoux et Myriam Bleau on June 9th .

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