The Saint Urbain Underpass is a 250 meter long viaduct connecting St Urbain and Van Horne in Montréal. The soundscape consists of bicycles, cars, buses and trains overhead, reverberating within the concrete walls of the space.
The performance took place at midnight when the lights were dim, and the traffic was sparse. We were situated on the pedestrian walkway and the audience lined the bike path on the opposite side.
The piece combined horn, on-site field recordings and live electronics amplified through four PA speakers spanning the length of the tunnel. As the performance progressed, the composition mixed with the inherent soundscape. The passing cars, bicycles and trains became instruments in the performance.
The performance was recorded with binaural microphones and independently released on vinyl. The record release was held in the same location on June 11 2012 for the Suoni per Il Popolo festival.
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