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Radio // Érick d’Orion

Artists // Érick d’Orion

Self-taught musician, audio artist and composer, Érick d’Orion has been living in Québec since 1993.

The audio research of Érick d’Orion is concentrated in large part on digital maximalism and closely related to noize, musique concrète and, curiously, free jazz and electroacoustic! That research is expressed by way of improvisations in shows and recordings through morceaux_de_machines, a duet created by Érick with A_dontigny.

Érick’s solo work consists more and more in an exploration of two different spheres: audio, electronic and media art, on the one hand, and musical creation, on the other hand.

The bulk of Érick’s research focuses on audio, electronic and media art. He uses among other things telecommunications such as cell phone technology, and the various surfaces in our environment. Érick is greatly inspired by art history (futurism, automatism, actionism, etc.), visual arts (Duchamp, Boticelli, Borduas…), cinema (Ferrera, Kubrick, Morin, Snow) and litterature (Vonnegut, Burgess, Gauvreau, crime fiction and cartoons). He is a huge fan of Sun Ra; he already did one project on the artist, with more to come…

The second sphere of Érick’s solo work is more musical and playful. Influenced by dub and hip-hop, those creations are totally independent from the others.

Érick d’Orion has worked with a great number of artists and on numerous projects, in various regions on Canada and several foreign countries.

He did communication and distribution work for the artist center Avatar in Québec and for the label No Type in Montréal. He created and supervised a series of workshops on media arts for 14-year olds; he has given workshops and conferences on electronic and audio art creation; and he has acted as executive coordinator and artistic director in more than twenty shows with the now defunct collective “Machines: abstractions sonores électroniques.”

Érick d’Orion is a joyful epicurean.