→ Habitat Sonore: Listening room
315 Saint-Paul St West
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2A3
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Tune out the everyday noise and lose yourself in Montréal’s new immersive listening room.
Montréal's new immersive listening room
The hectic pace of contemporary life offers us very few opportunities to take the time to slow down and listen. So often, the soundtrack of our daily lives turns out to be particularly chaotic or even harmful to our mental and auditory health.
We believe it’s essential to offer our visitors a sanctuary, a permanent refuge, where they can take the time to listen, appreciate, and discover sound in all its forms.
Welcome to Habitat Sonore.
An invitation to sound immersion
This space is an invitation to sound immersion. PHI welcomes you to an intimate and relaxing environment where you can discover sound in all its forms—from sound baths to short audio films and music albums to chromotherapy. Enjoy a wide variety of poetic, meditative, and performative content.
Habitat Sonore was designed to be as technically flexible as possible, prioritizing the utmost sound quality. The sound system consists of a 16 speaker multichannel array powered by a high-end JBL pre-processor. The space allows the playback of several commercial immersive formats and can also be used as an “instrument” for artists to explore spatialization possibilities. Habitat Sonore is a place that offers multiple creative opportunities for collaboration, mediation, and experimentation.
An experience to be shared
Habitat Sonore is a communal space that encourages shared listening with others. Invite your friends and loved ones to experience a riveting piece of sound together.
MUSIC ALBUMS IN SPATIAL AUDIO
Presenting a roster of Secret City Records' artists: Daniel Bélanger, Klô Pelgag, Alexandra Stréliski, Patrick Watson
Mercure en mai
Since 1992, when Les insomniaques s'amusent caused a small revolution in the Quebec musical landscape, Daniel Bélanger has become one of the emblematic voices of Quebec song. With titles such as Opium, Sèche tes pleurs, and La folie en quatre taking up permanent residence in our ears and our collective imagination. Thirty years and twenty-five Félix awards later, insomniacs are still having fun, and the singer-songwriter surprises us album after album, never quite appearing where we expect him to.
Klô Pelgag is a renowned singer-songwriter who shares her vibrant and resolutely honest universe with the public. After an independent EP, she presented her first full-length, l'alchimie des monstres, in 2013 and swept up several awards, including Revelation of the Year at the ADISQ Gala in 2014, the Prix Barbara from the French Ministry of Culture, the Grand Prix de la Francophonie from the Académie Charles Cros, the Prix Miroir Célébration de la langue française at the Festival d'été de Québec, as well as the Prix Rapsat-Lelièvre. She travelled to the four corners of the French-speaking world to present the songs on this album and gave more than 200 concerts, from Quebec to Belgium, from France to Switzerland. In 2016, her second album L'étoile thoracique created a splash in Quebec. She won four Felix awards at the 2017 ADISQ Gala, including Alternative Album of the Year, Album of the Year - Critics' Choice, Female Songwriter of the Year, and Recording of the Year. The album made the long list for the Polaris Music Prize in 2017 and was nominated for the JUNO Award the following year. She also received the prestigious Félix-Leclerc Award and the SOCAN Song Award for the song "Ferrofluides-fleurs" and presented her concert in Japan for the first time. In 2018, she was named Female Artist of the Year at the ADISQ Gala.
Inscape & Pianoscope
Alexandra Stréliski is a Montreal-based pianist who composes minimalist and cinematic music. Or, as the prestigious Billboard magazine would put it: "One of neo-classical music's most prominent new stars. According to Vice's Noisey section, her melodies are "a combination of depth and fragility, an intimate portrait of the human condition."
In 2018, Stréliski signed with Secret City Records and released her second album, INSCAPE. With over 110 million listens worldwide and 97,000 albums sold in Canada alone, her record has been hugely successful since its release. Now certified platinum in Canada, Alexandra Stréliski has won three Felix Awards in Quebec and "Album of the Year" at the Canadian Independent Music Awards, as well as three JUNOS nominations, including "Album of the Year" in 2019-2020.
Better in the Shade
Patrick Watson composes, performs and records his albums with his long-time bandmate and collaborator Mishka Stein. The recipients of Canada’s Polaris Music Prize, in addition to multiple JUNO and Polaris nominations, Watson and his band have toured on all continents, on occasion playing with full orchestras to bring their rich music to life. Their most recent tour saw the band playing some of their largest venues to date, including the Barbican (London), L’Olympia (Paris), Coliseu (Lisbon), El Plaza Condesa (Mexico City), and more. Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson has composed several scores for both film and television, including a trailer for The Walking Dead and Wim Wenders’ 3D film Everything Will Be Fine.
James Benjamin is one of the owners of Breakglass Studios, where he works as a music producer, Grammy-winning mixer and composer and serves as the host of Live Analog Dance Rhythms.
In 2020 he co-wrote the soundtrack for AAA video game Ancestors the Human Kind Odyssey, and in 2021 wrote original soundtracks for the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Salon du Livre de Montréal. His spatial audio exhibition, Ecological Ambisonic Recording 001, premiered at the Never Apart Gallery. Its second iteration, EAR 002, was exhibited outdoors in Downtown Montreal in August 2021 as part of MUTEK Montréal. Its third iteration, EAR 003, showed outdoors on St Laurent Boulevard in June 2022 in the Mercedes Benz Innovation Zone as part of MURAL Festival.
With his analog dance duo Boogieman and Samito, he played MUTEK Montreal edition 21, Piknic Electronik 2021, and the MURAL 2022 closing party. He played MUTEK Montreal edition 22 and MUTEK Japan x Mexico’s virtual edition with his four-piece experimental electronic ensemble Porto Porto!
Theatre of Dreams
Born in Montreal to a Lebanese family, Debbie Doe is a sound artist living and working in Montreal. Their practice has been influenced by spiritual journeys, which embody a cinematic and theatrical feel. As they seek new creative methods and techniques, they are developing an approach to immersive compositions in which they tend to create intimate sonic explorations that engage the listener in fictitious worlds. They are also intrigued by the aural images that could be elicited by enabling a deep listening mode through the use of electronic hardware, field recordings, and voice.
Program 1 | 64 minutes
Alexandra Stréliski: Inscape & Pianoscope
Program 2 | 51 minutes
Patrick Watson: Better in the Shade
James Benjamin: Rainforest
Debbie Doe: Theatre of Dreams
Program 3 | 75 minutes
Daniel Bélanger: Mercure en mai
Klô Pelgag: Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm: Program 1
12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm: Program 2
12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:30 pm, 6 pm: Program 3
Saturdays and Sundays
12 pm: Program 2
1:30 pm: Program 3
3 pm: Program 2
4:30 pm: Program 1
6 pm: Program 3
Music is at the heart of the programming
We want to offer a new way of appreciating the local and international musical landscape by proposing a different kind of auditory experience beyond stereo listening. The space will feature a range of programming across different mediums including:
→ Sound baths
→ Short audio films
→ Deep listening
→ Immersive sound
→ Ambisonic music and sound
A varied experience
There are many different ways to experience sound, whether in a communal environment or for individual listening.
A sound bath is a deep, immersive, whole-body listening experience that intentionally uses sound to nourish therapeutic and restorative processes of the mind and body.
Chromaesthesia or sound-colour synaesthesia is a type in which sound evokes an experience of colour, shape, and movement.
Deep listening explores the relationships between all sounds, whether natural or technological, intended or unintended, real, remembered or imagined. It's also a state of mind, similar to meditation, that allows for a deep appreciation of a work or sound environment.
The acoustic environment—the sounds we find in the natural environment, amongst flora and fauna, and the unintentional sounds found in man-made environments (technology, machines, cities). It can also refer to the intentional sounds found in music, generally referring to creations in ambient electronic or electroacoustic music.
An "immersive" experience completely envelopes the visitor or participant in another reality, sensory or narrative. In sound, it is a sonic representation of a virtual space.
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