Stefan Maier + RM Francis

An evening of live electronics and quadraphonic computer synthesis featuring Canadian composer Stefan Maier with a supporting set by RM Francis.

Stefan Maier is a composer and artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Highlighting material instability and unruliness, his work explores the flows of sonic matter through sound systems, instruments, software, and bodies, to uncover alternate histories, modes of listening, and authorship possible within specific technologically-mediated situations. His work has been presented by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DE), INA-GRM (FR), National Music Centre (CA), Liquid Architecture (AU), Ultima festival (NO), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (NL), MONOM (DE), and Unsound Festival (PL), among many others. His work as a sound designer has been presented internationally, with recent projects presented at Sterischer Herbst (AU), International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art (NE), and V-A-C foundation (RU). Stefan is Assistant Professor of Sound Art and Sound Design at the School of Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University.

RM Francis is an artist based in Seattle working with computer-generated sound and language via recording, installation, and performance. He has presented work at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music (Oakland), Gray Area (San Francisco), Kolonia Artystów (Gdańsk), as well as clubs, auditoriums, warehouses, and galleries throughout North America. His practice foregrounds computation-based compositional strategies, focusing on methods that exploit discrepancies between human and artificial auditory systems. His current work exploits latent phonological data extracted from non-linguistic sound in order to generate the tonal, rhythmic, and semantic content of synthesized speech. In addition to his solo projects, in recent years he has collaborated with Jack Callahan & Jeff Witscher, Jung An Tagen, and farmersmanual, among others.