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hervé perez

is a sound and visual artist, improviser, composer.

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hervé perez

“improviser, sound and visual artist, hervé performs spontaneous compositions with saxophones and laptop, using processed field recordings. his work is influenced by practices such as jazz, electro-acoustic, contemporary music, experimental electronics, free improvisation, immersive sound art and ancient techniques of sound therapy alike. for this reason, his performances are outside of time and stylistic boundaries.

his research approaches sound as vibration, the relation between sound and objects or spaces, architecture and the body.

hervé works in sound design, sound recording and editing, post-production, mastering and composition, sound art and installation as well as performance which remains his main focus.

he has developed a very personal way to process and sculpt location recordings to reveal their musical features and maximise resonance with the listener and their experience of sound.

hervé’s use of field recordings is concerned with frequencies (wave lengths) and harmonic relationships found in nature. how they relate to the real, physical world, and how the sounds of natural elements connect to our experience.

 

playing the saxophone, hervé focuses on extended techniques and abstract peripheral sounds structural to the instrument as a physical resonant object – although he has been known to play melodies at times…

‘sounding out’, one of his current projects, is an exploration of architecture, outdoor acoustics and sacred sites. these recordings are documents of in situ improvisations, inspired by the spirit and the special characteristics of a location.

 

further work in sound design, music for film/video:

rain (dir. carla mackinnon), cellotape (dir. aitor gutierrez), henri & may (dir. sally pierce)

sound art and video installation:

the pursuit of happiness (arsenal gallery, poznan), catalyst (bank street arts, sheffield),  one square foot (mile end art pavilion, london).

photography and graphic design.

 

greatly interested in collaboration, hervé has performed with musicians and dancers whose practice is immersed in free improvisation, closely working with mick beck (sax, bassoon), martin archer (winds, violin, electronics), Peter Fairclough (drums), Philip Thomas (piano), Jez Riley-French (el.), shaun blezzard (electronics), ian simpson (electronics, guitar), charlie collins (vibraphone, drums and percussions),  constantin popp (live processing, diffusion), aysegul balkose (dance, paint) etc. in the UK and also michel doneda (sop sax), jonas kocher (accordion), simon berz (dr, electro), christian muller (electro), rodolphe loubatiere (dr), d’incise (electro, objects), cyril bondi (dr), heddy boubaker (alto and bass sax), sebastien  cirotteau (trumpet, electronics), andré darius (ebass), cia barbet (dance), anastasia hvan (dance), Joe Formanek (dr, el), Roger Mills (trumpet, el), Henri Herteman (p, trombone), Guy Bayssac (dr), Marin Beranger (p), Mark Alban Lotz (fl) in Europe.”

 

international collaborations:

ethernet orchestra (live online improvisations: http://ethernetorchestra.netpraxis.net)

andré d. and christophe meulien – france (http://www.nowaki-music.org/#album162)

wilhelm matthies – usa (https://wilhelmmatthies.bandcamp.com/album/moving-through-dimensions)

alexandru hegyesi – romania (http://archive.org/details/WindsOfChangeem124)

jesse ricke – usa (http://megapolisfestival.org/blargh/nyc-2013/artists/#graphic)

mehata hiroshi – japan (https://herveperez-mehatasentimentallegend.bandcamp.com/album/shiki)

andré d. – france ( https://thebridge-perezdarius.bandcamp.com/)

 

current projects:

sounding out – explorations of outdoor acoustics, sacred sites with the saxophone, investigating the nature of space and architecture, natural topography.

room harmonics – experimental recording technique using sound to represent architecture and spatial relationships

“inclusion principle”, trio with martin archer and peter fairclough (discus label) – electroacoustic improvisations with laptops, winds, objects

“WHM” minimal improv/free jazz trio

“nada” duo with roger mills

“weave/unravel”, duo with constantin popp – soprano sax, processing, multi-speaker diffusion

various collaborations / free improvisation

 

instruments:

soprano and alto saxophones, shakuhachi, laptop, prepared guitar, meditation bowls, objects and small percussion

 

links:

main website:

http://www.spacers.lowtech.org/herve

 

video work and documentation:

https://vimeo.com/herveperez

 

electroacoustic music:

 

acoustic sax:

 

photographs for promoters:

RVcaveProm

 

WU01

 

LMP-2012-06-08-009

 

LMP-2012-06-08-004

 

LMP-2012-06-09-062
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ecart de sons
ipnewcastle
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2 responses

9 10 2011
jd

Wonderful and very interesting work.

9 10 2011
sndsukinspook

thanks john for your kind comment and interest. much appreciated.

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