Nicolas Bernier is joyfully flowing from musique concrète to live electronics, post-rock, ambient, glitch, field recording, improvisation, performance, installation, art video while also working with dance, theatre and cinema. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. The sound of Nicolas Bernier is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriters, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories, and, yes, musical instruments. It is made with a modern apparatus but feels like completely handmade. It is gently articulated textures alongside enormous masses.
His work has been of interest for Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), SONAR (Spain), Mutek (Québec), DotMov Festival (Japan) and Transmediale (Germany) and has been released on lovely labels such as Crónica (Portugal), Ahornfelder (Germany), leerraum (Switzerland), and Home Normal (UK).
He his currently a PhD candidat in sonic arts at the University of Huddersfield (UK) under the direction of Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Monty Adkins. He his a member of Perte de signal, a media arts research and development centre based in Montréal.
For his work frequencies (a) he is awarded the Golden Nica of Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 2013).
Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), 1977
Residence: Montréal (Québec)
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Crónica Electrónica / CRONICA 053 / 2010