Low Memory #1 (2000) 9'30"
The image which inspires Low Memory #1 is that of a ring whose centre
been hollowed out, and whose rising tension necessary for the
reconstruction of such a powerful centre is unceasingly and repeatedly
hindered but also redirected and reconducted.
This work was commissioned by ACREQ with the support of Le Conseil des
Arts et des Lettres du Québec.
Monique Jean (Montreal, CA)
studied electroacoustic music at the University of
In addition to the acousmatic compositions, her work participates in
fields of video, experimental film, dance and installation art. In 1999,
she was guest composer in the concert series Rien à Voir in Montreal.
works, from 13'13 for Voices Disfigured to Figures of Time, form a
in which the voice, as well as the stresses and strains, fractures and
shocks of the material itself effect a transfiguration from the
into the poetic. (..."a disturbing portrayal of human anguish, shot with
crazed,obsessive voices." - The Wire).
Since Low Memory #1, Monique Jean's work bridges two sound worlds :
of acoustic instruments, suggesting sonic immediacy and individuality,
with that of electronics, characterized by violence, depth and density
movement and sonorities; this combination serves as an awareness of the
otherness which inhabits the very heart of sonic structure.
Recordings of her music are available through the labels PEP and