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Jean Piché

Jean Piché is a composer and video artist from Montréal, where he lives and teaches at the Université de Montréal. His creative output over the past 20 years has explored the more adventurous edges of high technologies applied to music and moving images, including live electronics, fixed electronic media and performance. He has received numerous international awards and his work has been shown and heard in Europe, Asia and North America. After active collaborations with renowned video artists, he now directs and produces his own video work, focusing on parallel compositional paradigms for abstracted visuals and music, a new groundbreaking hybrid form which has been called "videomusic". His first opera " Yo Soy la Disentegracion " was produced in 1997 by the Montreal company Chants Libres. He was program officer at the Canada Council in the 80s and in 1990, produced the last iteration of the New Music America Festival.

For the past few years, he has been involved in software design to facilitate the specification of control vectors for digital sound synthesis and processing. These activities have led to the creation of the program Cecilia which was awarded First Prize at the International competition for musical software in Bourges. Since 2000 he has developed a synchronised video projection system for three large screens and an image acquisition system with three digital cameras. This system is used for his productions and public performances.

Sept 2004

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