For nearly 25 years, Martine H. Crispo has worked as a sound artist, improviser and musician, presenting live radiophonic performances, creating sound installations and playing the ukulele. She participated in the University of Montreal’s Gamelan Ensemble and was a member of the Orchestre Velo. Since 1986, she has hosted a live music show on local Montreal stations CIBL, CINQ and currently, CKUT, where she her radiophonic pieces can be heard biweekly on her show Chaud pour le Mont-Stone.
These days, she can be found tinkering in her studio and experimenting with new modes of generating sound by modifying the circuits of vintage electronic educational toys. Most recently, she has begun fabricating electronic circuits that create music by triggering motors, electro-magnets and other objects in motion.
Her sound performances and installations have been presented at galleries and festivals in Canada, the United States, and in Europe, including the International Performance Festival Odense, Denmark; the Avignon Festival in France; and the Bent Festival in New York. Locally, she has performed at Suoni Per Il Popolo, the Galerie B0312 and most recently, the MoisMulti MM10 in Quebec City.
She just returned from a residency at the Center for Contemporary Art in Glasgow with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.