About

Jen Reimer and Max Stein share a fascination with reverberant space, urban soundscape and site-specific performance and installation. Drawing inspiration from the hidden harmony and secret rhythms present in urban sound environments, they create immersive multichannel sound works for processed horn and field recordings: conceived, composed, performed and recorded in the spaces themselves.

They have created a series of performances in resonant urban locations in Montréal including the New City Gas Co. building, Square Victoria Metro, St-Urbain underpass, Bain St Michel and the Wellington Tunnel and more recently in Lisbon and Marseille at the Mae d’Agua and tunnel Bénedit-Jobin. They have presented sound installations at Métro Concorde, Laval, the Goethe Institut, Montréal and in an abandoned chimney in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

They have collaborated with various festivals including Suoni per Il Popolo, Montréal Highlights Festival/Nuit Blanche, Actions!/ Ghosts of Public Spaces, Htmlles (Montréal), Audioparc & Galerie Verticale (Laval) and Sound Development City (Lisbon, Marseille).

They recently released a 10 ” vinyl, featuring 2 live recordings from their performances in Montréal.

www.jenreimer.com
www.maxstein.net

Current

October 28, 2013

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We are back in Montreal after a three-week sound art expedition through Lisbon, Barcelona, and Marseille with Sound Development City. During our trip we had two performances and made some field recordings along the way.

The first performance was in the Mãe D’Água Lisboa, a beautiful 18th century cistern with ≈ 10 seconds reverberation. The Mãe D’Água is located in the Rato neighbourhood of Lisbon.

The second performance was in le Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin, an underpass that runs beneath the railway leading to Marseille’s main rail station, Gare Saint-Charles. The tunnel is located in the Belle de Mai neighbourhood of Marseille.

Both of these performances have been added to the Works section of our website.

During our trip we captured field recordings to use in our performances while exploring Lisbon, Barcelona, and Marseille. These recordings can be browsed on a sound map that we set up. We will continue to contribute to this map during our future travels.

We kept a blog during our travels and added lots of photos throughout the trip. You can view it here.

Works

Wellington Tunnel

Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

November 15, 2012 – Wellington Tunnel, Griffintown (Montréal)

Performance in collaboration with Adam Basanta (responsive light bulbs)

An immersive sound and light performance in an abandoned 200 meter-long tunnel under the Lachine Canal. The piece combined processed horn, layered ventilation sounds, field recordings and 12 sound responsive light bulbs. The light and sound guided the audience through the dark and resonant space, and grew in intensity as they neared the end of the tunnel.

Credits

Performance by Jen Reimer + Max Stein + Adam Basanta
Curated by StudioXX and Generator Montréal
Presented as part of HTMlles Festival 10 - 2012

Photos by Thien V & Lenka Novak
Video captured by Lenka Novak
Sound captured by Julian Stein

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Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Wellington Tunnel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Video

Bain St-Michel

Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

June 8, 2013 – Bain St-Michel, Montréal

Performance in collaboration with Adam Basanta (responsive light bulbs)

An immersive sound and light performance and installation in an empty swimming pool on St Dominique and Maguire, Montréal. The piece combined processed horn, layered ventilation sounds, field recordings and 10 sound responsive light bulbs. Sound and video to come.

Credits

Performance by Jen Reimer + Max Stein + Adam Basanta
Curated by Generator Montréal
Presented as part of Suoni per Il Popolo Festival 2013

Photos by Thien V & Louis Rastelli
Video captured by Louis Rastelli
Sound captured by Devon Bate

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Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Bain St-Michel — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Mãe D’Água Lisboa

Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

September 25, 2013 – Mãe D’Água (Lisboa)

For more information on the location visit: http://tunnelmusik.com/blog/lisbon-day-4

An immersive multi-channel performance combining field recordings from the Mãe D’Água Lisboa with processed and acoustic horn coloured by the space’s natural 10 second reverberation. In preparation for the performance, field recordings of water were collected and pitches present in the space were analyzed. Using the space as a foundation for musical composition, the artists layered live horn with field recordings amplifying the rhythms and the hidden harmonies in the space.

 

 

Credits

Performance by Jen Reimer + Max Stein
Organized by Sound Development City

Photos by Nik Panique

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Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Mãe D’Água Lisboa — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

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St-Urbain Underpass

St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

June 8, 2011 & June 11, 2012 – St-Urbain Underpass, Mile End (Montréal)

An immersive multi-channel sound performance in a high-traffic 200 meter long underpass. The intention of the piece was to create a soundscape of layered harmony and field recordings that responded to the dense transient activity taking place in the space. The piece used  the volume and density of the cars, bicycles and trains driving through and overhead in such a way that they became another instrument in the music and created wave-like sound movements throughout the piece.

Click here to view the location on Google maps.

Credits

Performance by Jen Reimer + Max Stein
Curated in collaboration with Suoni per Il Popolo and Eric Mattson
Presented as part Suoni per Il Popolo Festival 2011/12 and Ghosts of Public Spaces/Actions!

Photos by Zsofia Zambo, Louis Rastelli, Marcella Moser, Ximena Holuigue & Alannah Clamp
Video captured by Marcella Moser and Jordan Mackenzie
Sound captured by Lisa Gamble/ Mastered by James Plotkin

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St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
St-Urbain Underpass — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

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Sound

Chimney in Skagaströnd

Chimney in Skagaströnd — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

May 16, 2013 – Chimney in Skagaströnd, Iceland

This installation explores the soundscape inside the chimney in Skagaströnd, Iceland. On May 16, 2013 (a very windy day), we set up a bench inside the chimney (made by Nes Artist in residence, Jahnne Pasco White). We then sat on the bench and recorded the chimney’s sonic environment using binaural microphones.

Binaural recording is a method of recording sound that uses two microphones, arranged to create a 3-D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being inside the space where the recording took place.

With these recordings, we layered a composition of processed horn, mimicing the electrical drones surrounding the location.

We invite you to download our piece below, and with headphones, go to the chimney, sit on the bench and listen to our recordings from that very same place superimposed with the sounds presently existing in the space. What is recorded? What is not?

Click here to view the chimney’s location on Google Maps.

Credits

Jen Reimer & Max Stein- sound recording / processing

Jahnne Pasco White- Bench

Nes Artist Residency and Summer We Go Public- Thanks for your support!

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Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin

Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

October 9, 2013 – Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin (Marseille)

An immersive multi-channel improvised performance combining field recordings from La Friche Belle de Mai with processed and acoustic horn mixed with the tunnel’s transient sonic environment.

Credits

Performance by Jen Reimer + Max Stein
Curated/organized by Sound Development City

Photos by Vale Lanegra

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Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Tunnel Bénédit-Jobin — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Métro de la Concorde

Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

September 28, 2012 – Metro de la Concorde, Laval

An immersive, multi-channel soundscape created in response to the ambient ventilation grates surrounding the Métro de la Concorde complex. The piece incorporated ventilation drones, field recordings and processed horn amplified through 3 speakers facing downward on 3 resonant ventilation grates. The audience was encouraged to walk around the outdoor complex as well as inside the Métro station to experience the piece from different perspectives.

Credits

Performance by Jen Reimer + Max Stein
Presented as part of AUDIOPARC
Curated by Magali Babin & Galerie Verticale

Photos by A. Bellavance & Magali Babin

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Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Métro de la Concorde — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Abandoned Warehouse

Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

October 31, 2011 – Abandoned Warehouse (Montréal)

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Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Abandoned Warehouse — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Métro Square Victoria

Métro Square Victoria — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

February 11, 2010 in the rotunda at Square Victoria Métro

An immersive multi-channel sound performance that inhabited the highly resonant and transient rotunda in Square Victoria Métro. The piece combined field recordings and harmony from the location and the inherent sonic environment to create an immersive and embodying  experience for those walking through.

Credits

Performance by Jen Reimer & Max Stein
Sound captured by Julian Stein/ Mastered by James Plotkin

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Church in Skagaströnd

Church in Skagaströnd — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

Recording in Progress- Church in Skagaströnd, Iceland

During our time with the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland, we had the opportunity to record a new piece for processed horn, field recordings, organ and live electronics. We will post our recording in the coming days!

 

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Past Events

Mar 31, 2014 - Sounding the City artist talk sponsored by in/terminus - University of Windsor, Windsor Ontario - Talk

Mar 29, 2014 - Site-specific performance- Location TBA - Windsor, Ontario - Performance

Oct 09, 2013 - Rue Bénédit Underpass- Sound Development City - Marseille, France - Performance

Sep 28, 2013 - Lisboa Fair, Architecture Triennale, Lisbon - Ballroom, Triennale Building, Lisbon - Installation

Sep 25, 2013 - Mãe D’Água Cistern- Sound Development City - Lisbon, Portugal - Performance

Sep 25, 2013 - Sound Development City Radio Bus - Radiobus - Talk

Sep 23, 2013―Oct 09, 2013 - Sound Development City- Lisbon to Marseille - Lisbon, Marseille - Residency

Jul 01, 2013 - Chimney- Summer We Go Public - Skagaströnd, Iceland - Installation

Jun 08, 2013 - Bain St-Michel- Generator Montréal & Suoni per Il Popolo - Montréal - Performance

May 04, 2013―May 18, 2013 - Nes Artist Residency - Skagaströnd, Iceland - Residency

Mar 02, 2013 - Inside/Outside- Goethe Institut- Nuit Blanche - Montréal - Installation

Nov 15, 2012 - Wellington Tunnel- Generator Montréal & HTMlles - Montréal - Performance

Sep 28, 2012 - Métro de la Concorde- Audioparc and Galerie Verticale - Laval - Installation

Jun 11, 2012 - St-Urbain Underpass- Suoni per Il Popolo & Generator Montréal - Montréal - Performance

Jun 08, 2011 - St-Urbain Underpass- Suoni per Il Popolo - Montréal - Performance

Feb 11, 2010 - Square Victoria Métro Station - Montréal, QC - Performance

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