Winter 2016 : Lucas Paris

19 January - 9 March 2016

  • Residency: 19 January - 9 March 2016
  • Project presentation: 11 March 2016, 19:00 - 21:00
  • Lucas Paris

With ARRAY, Lucas Paris breaks with traditional methods of musical composition and offers an exploration specific to the digital realm, rethinking the classical parameters of the creation of analog music.

He articulates his research around the interactive relationship between the instrument and the performer, while insisting on the impact of the gestures of the interpreter in the face of a complex algorithmic system which generates sound sequences. The artist attempts to represent this process in a transparent way, using LED lights that allow you to visualize those digital interactions.


Paris thus develops his own instrument and is in the process of designing an algorithmic musical performance project staged by light.

By putting in place a system of algorithms that modify an array list in real-time, the artist creates an amalgam of sensors making the instrument sensitive to a wide variety of physical manipulations. The different physical permutations felt by the object modify the mathematical lists to generate musical and visual sequences. The computer list appears therefore as the raw material of the musical composition.

If the operation of his device resembles the traditional use of traditional music sequencers, it distinguishes itself by its DIY approach and the use of open-source software that allows him to exceed the technical limits imposed by the industry on the field of digital creation. Paris thus seeks to directly manipulate digital matter, thereby multiplying its musical capacities.


Emerging artist of the digital arts scene, Lucas Paris grew up between France and the United States to finally settle in Montreal.

A recent graduate of the digital music program of the University of Montreal, he has a diverse background which goes from turntablism and controllerism, up to electroacoustics, through live performances in many sub-types of electronic music (Neuro-Funk, Drum & Bass, etc.). In addition, he has also worked in creative programming and software design. His works and projects Betafeed and Quadr, in which he is currently involved, have been presented at the music video festival of Montreal, at the International Digital Arts Biennal (BIAN) in 2014, the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in 2015 and the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES) in 2015.

Free

19 January - 9 March 2016

  • Residency: 19 January - 9 March 2016
  • Project presentation: 11 March 2016, 19:00 - 21:00