Archive Officielle

Archive Officielle

19.01.19 by Charles Barabé, Karl Fousek, S.Mercure, Philippe Vandal
Duration: 77:43 Min
4 tracks, Digital edition only
2 pages pdf
Language: English

Music by Charles Barabé, Karl Fousek, S.Mercure, Philippe Vandal
Live recording by Karl Fousek and Pascal Desjardins
Mix and mastering by Pascal Desjardins and S.Mercure
Design by Marie-France Gaudet
Images by Eliott Légaré
Event coordination by Lydie Bochatay
Release date : 25/04/2019

1. Performance 01 - MERCURE 18:06 min
2. Performance 02 - BARABÉ 17:54 min
3. Performance 03 - VANDAL 20:51 min
4. Performance 04 - FOUSEK 20:52 min


On January 19, 2019, Archive Officielle presented a private showcase including performances from Charles Barabé, Karl Fousek, S.Mercure and Philippe Vandal. This is the official recording of these 4 original performances that took place at Apollo Studios in Montreal.

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Raw recording (mic recording)
  2. Raw recording (board recording)
  3. Pictures of event
  4. Event presentation document - artists bio

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Wald by Pedro Chambel & Bruno Duplant
Duration: 41:00 min
Packaging: 3 panel CD jacket in zipper vacuum sealer bag
1 Track, First edition of 100 copies, hand numbered
Download code included

All music and production by Pedro Chambel & Bruno Duplant
Design by Marie-France Gaudet
Release date : 14/04/2019

1. Wald 41:00

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Reference images (wilderness)
  2. Inspiration images
  3. Early version of Wald
  4. Map - location of field recording
  5. Printing proofs
  6. Words from Bruno Duplant about Wald
  7. Significant excrepts from Walden; or, Life in the Woods from Henry David Thoreau
  8. Audio source material
  9. List of equipment uses on Wald


Wald or "Forest" when translated from German is a project from longtime collaborators Pedro Chambel and Bruno Duplant. The two artists developed a 41-minute track based on a variety of samples taken from their personal collection of found material and field recordings.

Evoking nature and wilderness, these samples have been carefully assembled to create a soundscape from which Wald takes form. We witness a meticulous work of sound manipulation, in which the source is carefully modified, so that the final result gives the impression of being familiar and alien at the same time.

Inspired by the work of Henry David Thoreau and the environmentalism movement, Wald uses duality to emphasize the questions it wishes to ask: is nature still a space for wildness or has it been tamed? Is nature as we know it today simply a practical opposition to civilisation and urban areas? Can the true essence of nature remain unviolated only if humans are absent? Does nature still exist?

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HYS by Clio Casadei
60 Pages, black and white
Size : 5¨33/64 x 7¨31/64
Language: English
Binding Type : Saddle stitch
Paper : Glossy 118gsm
First edition of 50 copies, hand numbered
ISBN : 978-2-9816913-3-0

Visual and layout by Clio Casadei
Release date : 31/01/2019

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Early drawings
  2. Documentation on concept and intent
  3. Print tests
  4. Book full proofs
  5. Q & A with Clio Casadei
  6. ATLAS book from Clio Casadei
  7. 2 copies of HYS, 1x sealed


HYS is a collaboration between sound artist Giovanni Lami and visual artist Clio Casadei. During the summer of 2018, Lami created a 6 minute and 20 seconds sound piece recorded on-site in a park in Faenza ITALY, Clio Casadei’s place of residence. Casadei was later approached to create a visual transcription of this audio. Both versions, audio and visual, now hold the same title: HYS.

Familiar with his work and technique, Clio Casadei identified four important aspects that can describe Lami’s work and methods: stratification, fluidity, vulnerability and permeability.

Casadei approaches these aspects in a metaphysical manner where they are understood from a human experience point of view. It is her understanding of these 4 elements that will guide her through the creation of 50 vectorial drawings. Taken from her personal archive and own graphical language, these shapes, textures or logos are here transformed from one state to another, materializing the connection between different state of minds. The progression of the visual transformation is circular, not fixed, uninterrupted and adresses time/duration as a subjective notion capable of modifying the appearances.

A download code for AO-012 is included.

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HYS by Giovanni Lami
Duration: 06:20 min
Packaging: Delux box with laser cut foam insert containing the 5" reel-to-reel + a copie of AO_013
1 Track, Limited edition of 20 copies, hand numbered
Download code included

All music and production by Giovanni Lami
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi
Release date : 31/01/2019

1. HYS 06:20

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Unmastered version
  2. Full lenght recording from Faenza, ITALY
  3. Documentation on concept, technique and intent
  4. Video promo for HYS audio - full lenght
  5. Hysteresis I to IV serie
  6. 2 unofficial copies of HYS, 1x sealed


HYS is a collaboration between sound artist Giovanni Lami and visual artist Clio Casadei. During the summer of 2018, Lami created a 6 minute and 20 seconds sound piece recorded on-site in a park in Faenza ITALY. Casadei was later approached to create a visual transcription of this audio. Both versions, audio and visual, now hold the same title: HYS.

Giovanni Lami’s work revolves around field recordings using reel-to-reel recorders. During a recording session, the ambient sound is captured but also altered by the use of different objects, microphones, and manual interventions. The mechanical sound of the recording device itself is sometimes captured and fed back into the magnetic tape. This well developed approach has been used in his latest series Hysteresis I to IV, released on various international labels.

This very limited edition contains a 5" reel-to-reel tape dubbed personaly by Giovanni Lami. It also includes a copy of the visual transcript. For more information refer to the AO_013 section.

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La Révision by Charles Barabé
Duration: 24:54 min
Packaging: 3 panel CD jacket in zipper vacuum sealer bag
2 Tracks, First edition of 50 copies, hand numbered
Download code included

All music and production by Charles Barabé
Release date : 25/10/2018

1. La Révision 1 13:20
2. La Révision 2 11:34

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. List of equipement used for the audio source - 2003
  2. List of equipement used for La Révision - 2018
  3. Dates of original recordings
  4. Diskettes used in 2003 for the Roland VS-840 recordings (not functional)
  5. Original audio source on CD - 2003
  6. 2 copies of La Révision, 1x sealed


La Révision is a sound work composed by Charles Barabé.
In 2003, the composer recorded a series of sound explorations with the help of an electric guitar equipped with a single string (.046) and modified frets. The context at the time did not allow him to play at high volume, therefore 12 relatively quiet tracks were recorded on a Roland VS-840. Each one of the tracks were finalized in less than 24 hours and then archived on optical discs to be put aside.

Nearly 14 years later, Barabé found these recordings. He will use them as a sound source to test different configurations of modular effects. This exercise leads him to reappropriate his own samples and to make, as its title indicates, a revision.

By modifying and adding new elements to the original audio source, Barabé creates a work that defends the value of the archive and conservation. La Révision is a methodical work, but also a circumstantial meeting between the past and the present.

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JeJunum by Gibraltar
Duration: 27:58 min
Packaging: 5 panel J-Card printed recto/verso + O-Card
2 Tracks, First edition of 50 copies, hand numbered
Download code included

C32 BASF Chrome Cassette
Sounds by Joe McKay and Matthias Urban
Production and mastering by Matthias Urban
Release date : 17/08/2018

A. Jejunum one 14:40
B. Jejunum two 13:18

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Samples from Joe McKay
  2. Samples from Matthias Urban
  3. Inspiration pictures
  4. Pure Data graphic used for Jejunum
  5. Text explaining techniques used by Matthias Urban during production
  6. 2 copies of Jejunum, 1x sealed
  7. Early version of Jejunum one and Jejunum two
  8. Early releases from Joe McKay and Matthias Urban


Gibraltar is a collaborative project between Joe McKay and Matthias Urban. Jejunum was produced by collecting sound samples from the two artists’ archives. It includes, among other things, a series of recordings from McKay’s body (stomach, intestines) and WebSDR samples collected over time. These samples were then sent to the other half of the duo to be integrated into the production of the final pieces.

Known for his exploratory approach to sound, Urban remains true to himself by using various techniques in the production of Jejunum. Some of these techniques are recurrent in his work: chemically treated tape, PD and MaxMSP programming, contact microphones and ASC reel-to-reel machines. The artist also explores new techniques that feature prominently in Jejunum: feedback & standing wave recordings and acoustic instruments using saxophone mouthpieces and found objects built specifically for this project.

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ISOLATION Studies by s.mercure
Audio content duration : 75:00 Min
5 tracks, Digital edition only
10 pages pdf
Language: English
ISBN: 978-2-9816913-2-3

All sounds and words by s.mercure
Images by Lydie Bochatay
Linguistic revision by Karl Fousek and Louis-Olivier Guérin
Release date : 29/05/2018

1. ISLOLATION study 1 15:00 min
2. ISLOLATION study 2 15:00 min
3. ISLOLATION study 3 15:00 min
4. ISLOLATION study 4 15:00 min
5. Sound source A (left) + B (right): 15:00 min

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. 500hz-245hz-500hzø-246hz installation
  2. 4 studies unmastered
  3. Individual sine waves from the installation
  4. Technical drawing of the installation
  5. Video using ISLOLATION Study 2 presented at LA Lumière, Montreal on 15.06.17
  6. Pictures of the installation
  7. Early version of pdf + printed versions(2)


ISOLATION Studies 1 to 4 are outgrowths of the installation 500hz-245hz-500hzø-246hz from artist s.mercure (Persona Mercure).
Developed over the course of 2016 and 2017, the installation consists of a sound exchange between two speakers positioned face-to-face and uses a frequency of 500 hertz as a starting point.

These Studies are the result of experiments using only audio from the installation as a sound source. Sound waves have been modified in amplitude, frequency shifted, and, in some cases, multiplied with the help of certain effects and send channel routings. No additional sounds have been used and any kind of editing as been avoided.

The download of the audio comes with a 10 pages technical PDF explaining every modifications applied to the audio source.

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Partial(s) by Huigens, Zijlstra
In situ installation, NL/CAN

Partial(s) Map by Marie-France Gaudet
2 Posters, black and white
Size : 17" x 23"
Language: English
Packaging : Folded in polypropylene bags
Recto print on plotter printer
Limited edition of 100 copies, hand numbered
Release date : 08/03/2018

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Print tests
  2. Shapes inspiration board
  3. Technical drawing (early selection)
  4. Early version of the map
  5. Paint sample and material sample
  6. Pictures of location (Oude Pekela, Montreal)
  7. 2 copies of Partial(s) map , 1 x unfolded


Partial(s) is a collaborative project between Erris Huigens, Gysbert Zijlstra (Graphic Surgery) and Archive Officielle. The project is a two-piece installation, designed by the two Amsterdam artists. The pieces were installed in the city of Montreal, CANADA (Archive Officielle) and Oude Pekela, NETHERLANDS (Huigens, Zijlstra). A map representing a conceptual reunification of the pieces is available.

Technical Description

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Hymn by Jonathan Dankenbring
Duration: 10:00 min
1 Tracks, First edition of 20 copies, hand numbered.
Download code included

Handmade Lathe-cut, Audio on one side (Mono)
All music and production by Jonathan Dankenbring
Release date : 11/11/2017

A. Hymn 10:00

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE AO_006(7)

  1. Samples of raw audio and individual tracks from Hymn
  2. Written description of the Hymn production process
  3. Technical drawing of the display used to exhibit Hymnal and Hymn
  4. Picture of the display for exhibition Iconoclasm at UCCS GOCA
  5. 2 copies of Hymn, 1 sealed
  6. 2 copies of Hymnal, 1 sealed
  7. Print tests
  8. SD card containing all digital material


Hymn is the audio companion of the book Hymnal by visual artist Jonathan Dankenbring. It was developed by exporting each page as an image. Said images were then imported to a sound program as raw data. These image files are read as basic sound wave patterns and then filtered, expanded, contracted, and arranged into the audio work.

If you are not familiar with this format, please take the time to read this.

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Hymnal by Jonathan Dankenbring
82 Pages, color
Size : 5¨13/16 x 8¨2/8
Language: English
Binding Type : Perfect Bound + sleeve
Paper : Matte
First edition of 30 copies, hand numbered
ISBN : 978-2-9816913-1-6

Words and Images by Jonathan Dankenbring
Release date : 11/11/2017

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE AO_006(7)

  1. Samples of raw audio and individual tracks from Hymn
  2. Written description of the Hymn production process
  3. Technical drawing of the display used to exhibit Hymnal and Hymn
  4. Picture of the display for exhibition Iconoclasm at UCCS GOCA
  5. 2 copies of Hymn, 1 sealed
  6. 2 copies of Hymnal, 1 sealed
  7. Print tests
  8. SD card containing all digital material

Hymnal is the collection of iconographic languages used in Jonathan Dankenbring’s work. The symbols, texts and graphic studies included in the publication all play an important role in understanding his creative process and studio practice.

Through his minimalist icons, Dankenbring routinely references symbols that have contradictory meaning in our culture. As Dankenbring explains, "the «x» acts as a symbol for a lack of information but also a place holder for information. It marks the area as being void and simultaneously has the ability to delete or negate the object or imagery."

A key element in Jonathan Dankenbring’s work is the relation between historical (classic) and modern (technologic) notions. This parallel is most present in the graphic study, where screen formats and sizes of technological devices are arranged in golden ratio grid fashion. This symbolic way of organizing information reflects the importance of data and the power that these data hold when applied to the artistic approach.

The content of this book also serves as source material for Hymn, the audio companion of Hymnal. More information can be found in the AO_007 section of this website.

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Two Pieces for a Temporary Connection by Karl Fousek
Duration: 29:57 min
Packaging: 5 panel J-Card printed recto/verso + O-Card
2 Tracks, First edition of 50 copies, hand numbered.
Download code included

C32 BASF Chrome Cassette
All music and production by Karl Fousek
Release date : 28/08/2017

A. Part 1 16:02
B. Part 2 13:55

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Modular patch notes, artist’s notebook + transcript
  2. Source recordings
  3. Technical description
  4. Technical specifications, gear
  5. Over 10 hours of live performance recordings
  6. 2 copies of Two Pieces for a Temporary Connection, 1x sealed


Two Pieces for a Temporary Connection is the fifth solo release by artist Karl Fousek. Known for his highly technical and minimalist approach to sound, Fousek delivers a work that, although more charged than usual, remains true to his core approach. Discover the sum of three identical oscillators manipulated with precision resulting in what we could only describe as a complex musicality. TPFATC is derived from improvised live performance and rehearsal materials recorded in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts.

Technical Description

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1:6 by Juliette Blouin
104 Pages, black and white
Size : 5¨13/16 x 8¨2/8
Language: French
Binding Type : Perfect Bound + sleeve
Paper : Matte
First edition of 25 copies, hand numbered
ISBN : 978-2-9816913-0-9

Visual and layout by Juliette Blouin
Release date : 17/08/2017

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Scans from the artist’s notebook
  2. Print tests
  3. Assembled book model
  4. Essaie 1 digital
  5. Essaie graphique Forme contre-forme, digital
  6. Essaie graphique Escalier - Étude 1, print
  7. Essaie graphique Tennis, print
  8. Étude de la forme Une forme idéale, print


This book contains 1:6, a retrospective look at artist Juliette Blouin’s body of work. It consists of a series of flat surfaces that evoke the frames used by the artist for her numerous bi-dimensional studies. Every measurement has been reduced to a scale of 1:6. By isolating the frames from their content, Blouin showcases the key elements in her work: sizes, proportions, limits and space.

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Point Of... by a Philippe Vandal
Duration: 29:20 min
Packaging: 5 panel J-Card printed recto/verso + O-Card
2 Tracks, First edition of 50 copies, hand numbered.
Download code included

C32 BASF Chrome Cassette
Composed and produced by Philippe Vandal
Release date : 21/08/2016

A. audition 14:56
B. perspective 14:24

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Bibliographical references
  2. Theoretical readings from the artist’s collection
  3. First print of the J-Card
  4. Philippe Vandal’s early releases
  5. Presentation text, en/fr
  6. List of gear used
  7. 2 copies of Point of…, 1x sealed
  8. Photos of the artist’s studio
  9. Isolated samples used for Point of…
  10. Significant extracts from the artist’s book collection


Point Of... by Philippe Vandal is a piece of work inspired and conceived from a series of readings dealing with architecture theory, hearing (in the philosophical and scientific sense) and issues surrounding certain principles of perception and listening. These readings are used as starting points. They generate different sound explorations that attempt to illustrate the theories studied under an instinctive and formal approach.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Readings

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Compositions II by Madison Dinelle
68 Pages, 30 images, color
Size : 5¨13/16 x 8¨2/8
Language: English
Binding Type : Perfect Bound + sleeve
Paper : Matte
First edition of 24 copies, hand numbered.

Words and pictures by Madison Dinelle
Release date : 08/11/2016

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Notes from the artist’s notebook
  2. Notes from the artist’s computer
  3. Untouched source images
  4. Images made by the artist that didn’t make the selection
  5. Breakdown of compositional decisions for Image 30
  6. Print tests
  7. 2 copies of Compositions II, 1x sealed


This book contains Compositions II, a series of images made by photographer Madison Dinelle. The artist explores compositional possibilities by cropping photographs from her own family albums. By extracting these portions of images, the initial context is blurred and new formal interactions lead the viewer into a world which is at once foreign and familiar.

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Replacement by Persona Mercure
Duration: 31:12 min
Packaging: 4 panel J-Card printed recto/verso + O-Card
4 Tracks, First edition of 50 copies, hand numbered.
Download code included

C32 BASF Chrome Cassette.
Composed and produced by S.Mercure. Mastered by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier
Release date : 21/08/2016
A1. Status A 8:32
A2. Input 2 7:44
B1. In Order 8:52
B2. Replacement 6:57

CONTENT OF PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

  1. Early version of the 4 tracks unmastered, optical disc
  2. Audio transfer samples, 7 inch reel tape
  3. First print of the J-Card
  4. Persona Mercure’s early releases
  5. Notes on concept
  6. List of gear and techniques used for each tracks
  7. 2 copies of Replacement, 1x sealed


Replacement has been conceived with a small amount of effects and processing techniques. The sound sources are mainly manipulated by pitch based effects such as: pitch shifting, pitch tracking and frequency shifting. Sound movement and space manipulation are done with basic panning methods, reverbs and mono/stereo exploration. A maximum of three sound sources is used on each pieces. Any additionnal sounds or tones audible are the result of manipulations aforementioned.

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