Jamie Drouin is a Canadian composer, free-improvisation synthesist, and visual artist. The reductionist nature of his work focuses on the subtle experiences which can emerge from closely related colours and tones, and positioning electronic environmental noise within musical frameworks.
Drouin’s background is the visual arts, in particular painting and photography. In 2000, Drouin joked with fellow Victoria-based visual artist Lance Austin Olsen that their worlds we so wrapped up with sight “What would happen if they woke up blind?”. This otherwise innocuous joke inspired both Drouin and Olsen to began parallel interests in experimental sound, as well as the launch of Infrequency Editions to function as the primary home for their published works in 2001.
Themes of the visual arts are reflected into how Drouin approaches working with sound – conceptual ideas of how we listen to and process the sonic landscape, incorporating non-music palettes such as modern environmental noises, and embracing sound as a medium of painterly abstraction. His work encourages a fluid movement between musical and non-musical experiences.
Over the past two decades Drouin has collaborated with several international artists, including projects with Lucio Capece, Johnny Chang, Crys Cole, Olaf Hochherz, Karl Kliem, Hannes Lingens, Yann Novak, Mathieu Ruhlmann, and Sabine Vogel. He has been included in ensembles with John Tilbury, Dominic Lash, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, David Ryan, Angharad Davies, Lee Patterson, and Phil Durrant, among others. Drouin continues to collaborate with Lance Austin Olsen, with numerous well-received albums and sound installations.
In recent years, Drouin has expanded his sound eduction through self-directed mentorships with Antoine Beuger, Christian Kesten, and Frank Bretschneider.
Drouin’s works have been featured at numerous international venues including Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany), Sonica (Slovenia), Henry Art Gallery (USA), Biennial of the Americas (USA), Mutek (Canada), and TodaysArt (Netherlands), and he has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Published solo and collaborative audio works are available from Another Timbre, Caduc, Infrequency Editions, Intonema, and Mikroton.
Jamie Drouin lives and works in Victoria, BC, Canada.
info (at) jamiedrouin (dot) com
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