THE SOURCE

THE SOURCE
Jamie Drouin | Lance Austin Olsen

The longterm creative collaboration between artists Jamie Drouin and Lance Austin Olsen had to find a new way of functioning when Drouin moved overseas to Berlin between 2012-2015. Up until that time, all of their collaborative sound works had developed through working closely together in the same studio. With the physical separation, Drouin and Olsen focused on their extensive studio recording archive, using those elements to illustrate themes of distance, and dislocation, through pre-recorded gestures. That work is best exemplified by the album Sometimes We All Disappear (Another Timbre, at78).

The Source represents a new direction in the ever-changing body of work under the Drouin/Olsen umbrella, and also their first album published together since Drouin’s return to Canada. To move forward, the duo first looked backwards to some of their earliest experiments over 18 years ago, and attempted to bring a similar fresh enthusiasm to working together again, highlighting the unique ways in which they collage together their contrasting interests and techniques.

Available as a high-resolution digital album from Bandcamp

PLATO’S CAVE

PLATO’S CAVE
Lance Austin Olsen

The philosopher Plato posited that, a person chained inside a cave, and unable to see the outside, would formulate their ideas of the physical world based on the shadows projected onto the cave walls.

To a large extent, our individual views on almost everything are based upon shadows and fragments, and each of us constructs a world to our own liking based on the same fragments, yet experienced in endlessly new combinations.

Each moment, or grouping of sounds in a performance, creates a visual map in our mind that would bear no resemblance to the map produced in another listener’s mind. The performance is being experienced in the form of audio shadows, filtered through that individual’s particular life and viewpoint.

Available as a high-resolution digital album from Bandcamp

PARTICLES & WAVES

PARTICLES & WAVES
Lee Noyes | Lance Austin Olsen

“In 2013, I was invited to Tijuana and Baja California to produce new audio works with the Mexican artists Roberto Romero Molina and Luis Ituarte. As part of my residency, I was also supplied with the materials to produce a series of visuals works. Although the materials and setup offered were dramatically different than my home studio, I tend to enjoy working with limitations, and quickly developed a way of drawing using handfuls of coloured pencils, tea bags, tea stains, and other simple materials to form multi-threaded lines and marks. These drawings began to resemble circuit diagrams, with particles and waves of current moving back and forth.

When I returned to home to Canada, I sent one of these drawings* to Lee Noyes as a compositional proposition. Lee’s fantastic realization of the visual score, along with my own contribution, were combined to form the album PARTICLES & WAVES.” – Lance Austin Olsen

NOCTURNE

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NOCTURNE
Jamie Drouin

A nocturne is a composition inspired by, and intended to be played at night. The instrumentation might integrate the sounds of nocturnal nature by being performed outdoors, or with open windows.

In the case of this piece, it was built from several field recordings of landscapes in which the sounds of modern interventions – power transformers, wind through discarded plastic bottles, heat pumps, flapping cardboard, etc – assert their dominance in the night experience. These objects take on the roles of central instruments, while nature attempts to weave around them.

GARDEN_NIGHT

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GARDEN_NIGHT
Jamie Drouin & Lance Austin Olsen
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This re-mastered Drouin & Olsen recording from 2003 is an intriguing document for two main reasons:

First, as an example of the initial Infrequency experimental music concerts we presented at the Martin Batchelor Gallery in Victoria, BC Canada – even though our audience often consisted of one person, in this case, local artist Jeffrey Allport.

Second, it is a reminder to Lance and myself that, no matter how far we feel our work has shifted over the intervening years, this early recording, made in a time of our relative naïveté (having only recently transitioned from visual artists to sound in 2000), and secluded from the outside sound art world, already contains a remarkable affinity to our current sensibilities.

In these regards, GARDEN_NIGHT becomes a two-way mirror – allowing us to simultaneously look back, forward, and through our oeuvre. We hope you enjoy the process as well.