Jocelyn Robert
LP hr0067, 2010

All music & photographs by Jocelyn Robert
Mastered and cut at D+M by Rashad Becker
Limted edition of 300, vinyl only
Thanks to Philippe Franck, Denis Villeneuve, Avatar

Monsonics was done in two steps, both for the Citysonics Festival in Mons, Belgium, in June 2009. Two of the pieces - "L'air circulaire" and "L'abbatoir des Droits de l'Homme" - were first composed as soundwalks. I first went to Mons to choose interesting paths, then made the works to fit to them. For the festival, one could borrow maps and mp3 players from the organization, or one could download the soundtracks and a map from the website of the festival and live the experience on site. The pieces that appear on the LP are sligthly reworked versions. The two "La Chapelle des FUCAM" pieces are performance works made for the Festival. They are numbered 1 & 3: there were other versions, but these two seemed to fit better with the other pieces on the LP. There are no overdubs: they were made live using software developed at Avatar, Québec City. - Jocelyn Robert

Jocelyn Robert lives in Québec, Canada. He works in audio art, performance art, installation, video and writing. He did many performances, solo or with Diane Landry, Laetitia Sonami and Bruit TTV. He published about fifteen CDs, and participed in over twenty others. He was awarded First Prize, Image category, at the Berlin Transmediale in 2002, and the Prix du Rayonnement International from the Conseil de la Culture de Québec in 2006. He had numerous solo shows, and also teamed up with Emile Morin and Daniel Jolliffe for many installations. His work has been shown in Canada, United States, Mexico, Chile, Australia, and in Europe. His texts have been published by Le Quartanier (Montréal), Ohm Éditions (Québec), Errant Bodies Press (Los Angeles/Berlin), Semiotext(e) (New York), and in many catalogues, notably from Ars Electronica (Austria) and Sonambiante (Germany). In 1993, he founded the art centre Avatar, in Québec City. He currently teaches at l'École des arts visuels de l'Université Laval, Québec.

Monsonics forms experimental sound collages that seems to plug in to Radio Earth as it dips into the music, noises, static detritus, found sounds and general polka dot sonics of everyday life.
HiFi World

[...] mit einer geradezu sommerlich melodischen A-Seite inklusive perlendem Piano und einer merklich abgetönteren B-Seite mit Verzerrerrauschen, Kettenrasseln und Stimmenkleinhack.

D'un côté, une musique électroacoustique qui joue sur la métamorphose des sources et un jeu avec l'anecdote, et de l'autre un jeu live basé sur l'accumulation en temps réel plus proche par exemple de Pierre-André Arcand.