Ensemble d’oscillateurs (Oscillator Ensemble)
Under the direction of Nicolas Bernier
The first mission of the Ensemble d’oscillateurs is to provide an exchange setting for the practice (still uncommon) of electronic music in groups.
The Université de Montréal’s Ensemble d’oscillateurs is the first music ensemble of its kind at the international level. Diametrically opposed to the power supplied by a computer, the oscillator makes it possible to return to the basis of sound creation: the sinusoidal wave and additive synthesis.
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.
A noteworthy ensemble
The Ensemble d’oscillateurs has performed at a number of important festivals, such as MUTEK, Akousma and Sight+Sound.
In June 2021, the piece [re]:generativ, written by doctoral student Maxime Corbeil-Perron, received an honorable mention at Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica, one of the most important competitions in the area of digital arts.