Ensemble d’oscillateurs (Oscillator Ensemble)
Under the direction of Nicolas Bernier
The Université de Montréal’s Ensemble d’oscillateurs is the first music ensemble of its kind at the international level. The antithesis of the miniaturization found in today’s electronic instruments, oscillators built beginning in the 1930s are heavy machines producing only the most rudimentary signal: the sinusoidal wave.
The oscillator makes it possible to return to the basis of sound creation on the premise that its functional simplicity sharpens thinking about the temporal writing of sound, forcing us to work one frequency at a time.
While nonetheless taking an interest in the “early electronics” repertoire, the faculty ensemble stimulates contemporary creation by hosting composers in residence from all esthetic fields in electronic, experimental or mixed music.