Champ des Possibles

August 9, 2015 & November 26, 2016 - Champ des Possibles (Montréal, QC)
Champ des Possibles — Jen Reimer & Max Stein

The Champ des Possibles is a residual space near Avenue du Carmel & Avenue Henri-Julien. The space was formerly a rail yard in 1980 and is now a public space enclosed by tall buildings, studios and factories.

Every day at noon, bells from a nearby monastery ring. On August 9, 2015 we installed binaural microphones in wooden boxes to capture the bell sounds and surrounding environment.

The bell was processed in real-time to reveal resonant frequencies. These frequencies were amplified through six surface transducers. The surface transducers acted both as filters and instruments, diffusing and distributing the sound through the material of the building. On November 25 we installed another version of the installation in the same location. Bell speakers amplified recordings of the bells resonance. 

Both versions of the installation provided a harmonic accompaniment to the bell as it lingered and dissipated over time.


Installation a part of Sounding the City

Project by Jen Reimer & Max Stein