Artists

Steve Bates & Michaela GrillAT/CA/QC
Steve Bates & Michaela GrillAT/CA/QC
Steve Bates & Michaela GrillAT/CA/QC
Steve Bates & Michaela GrillAT/CA/QC

Steve Bates & Michaela GrillAT/CA/QC
Steve Bates & Michaela GrillAT/CA/QC
Steve Bates & Michaela GrillAT/CA/QC
Steve Bates & Michaela GrillAT/CA/QC

In amplified acoustic, electroacoustic and noise composition and audiovisual performance, Black Seas manifests humanity's long and esoteric history of auditory hallucination. Steeped in horror and dark fiction, cognitive science and philosophy, 18th century mysticism and modern telecommunications, the project explores varied physical-mental elements of hallucination and the social-political oppression of it, with sounds ranging from feedback and wind to piano and church bell resonance.

Style

Electroacoustic and instrumental performance hurtling towards a sonic threshold; musical and audiovisual inquiries into hallucinatory experiences; high-contrast multi-channel visual transmissions of natural phenomena

Labels

Oral

Latest

Le double album Atmospheres, Soundtracks and Transmission (2019), Black Seas (Radius) (2018), Organ (2018)

More

The expanded ensemble version of Black Seas has included members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire to Flames and several other local and international musicians and visual artists

MUTEKs

Montréal: 2009, 2019