Political Ritual

 

Somewhere between cosmic minimal techno and abstract sound art, Political Ritual’s high toned oscillations, unpredictable frequency manipulation and dark drones form a hypnotic mantra – though their benedictions don’t last long, breaking in a cathartic crescendo or a cacophony of percussion that resolves in silence. Pushing the boundaries of abstraction, these expert improvisors in analog modular and digital synthesis incorporate invented wind instruments, traditional Balinese percussion, field recordings and digital signal processing into their compositions, intent on shaping a transcendent listening experience.

Political Ritual build their music in architectural and woven layers of harmony and polarity, arranging ethereal drone next to hard edged buzz or cinematic movements alongside pummelling beats. With live performance as their backdrop, Félix-Antoine Morin and Maxime Corbeil-Perron took to the studio in 2014 for their first album. Corbeil-Perron is a multidisciplinary artist who has created film and video work and interactive installations shown at international events and festivals, as well as making electroacoustic and mixed-media music as Le Pélican Noir and solo – he also started a PhD at the Université de Montréal in fall 2015. A visual artist as well as an electroacoustic composer, Morin works solo and collaborates with contemporary choreographers, videographers and several other musicians, finding inspiration for his poetic creations in the processual components of traditional and sacred music.

Political Ritual has played arresting audiovisual shows at several underground venues in Montréal and at last year’s Suoni Per Il Popolo music festival, where complex, far out experiments in sound and vision are not only welcome but expected. After recently recording a followup full length for release in mid-2016, Political Ritual stages a powerful new live performance in MUTEK’s enveloping BWR space.

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POLITICAL RITUAL est le duo composé de Maxime Corbeil-Perron et Félix-Antoine Morin, deux membres fondateur de l’étiquette Kohlenstoff Records. Leurs musiques respective est qualifié de “cosmos infini, repoussant les limites de l’abstraction” et “d’une architecture stratifiée, tissée d’états suspendus qui se nourrissent de polarités contraires”. Leurs performances sont souvent accompagnés par des projections visuels.

“Félix-Antoine Morin et Maxime Corbeil-Perron proposent une improvisation mêlant synthèse, accordéon et batterie de vaisselles captée en direct. Installés sur une table de fortune (voir la photo), les deux construisent au fil des minutes une sorte de puissant mantra en crescendo. Confortablement enfoncé dans un divan, je ferme les yeux et renverse ma tête vers l’arrière, comme si je baignais dans le bruit, les tintements métalliques et les drones de basses fréquences. Puis, le son s’amenuise. Decrescendo rapide. Les haut-parleurs se taisent. Silence. Applaudissements et accolade des deux musiciens pour conclure une improvisation bien sympathique.” -Pierre-Luc Sénécal, Cette ville étrange

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PAST shows:

– 2015, JULY 18TH 21H, W/ POLITICAL RITUAL, LA RACK GALERIE, 3714 RUE NOTRE-DAME OUEST, MONTRÉAL FB EVENT
– 2015, JULY 23TH 21H, DANGER MUSIC 2 W/ POLITICAL RITUAL SET, BAR PUB ST-DENIS, 6966 RUE SAINT-DENIS, MONTRÉAL FB EVENT
– 2015, JULY 1ST 12-2PM, POLITICAL RITUAL LIVE SESSION AT CKUTIF YOU GOT EARS“, MONTREAL
– 2015, JUNE 16TH 20H, KOHLENSTOFF SHOW AT THE SUONI PER IL POPOLO, LA VITROLA, 4602 BOUL ST-LAURENT, MONTRÉAL, QC FB EVENT
– 2015, JUNE 1ST 20H, POLITICAL RITUAL SET W/ KOHLENSTOFF & JEUNESSE COSMIQUE ARTISTS, BAR PUB ST-DENIS, MONTREAL FB EVENT
– 2015, FEBRUARY 27TH, 20H, POLITICAL RITUAL LIVE AT THE PATINOIRE SOUNDSYSTEM OF PARC LAFONTAINE, MONTRÉAL
– 2015, MARCH 2ND, ISLAND FREQUENCIES SERIES, POLITICAL RITUAL & KOHLENSTOFF ARTISTS, SALA ROSSA (RESTO), MONTREAL
– 2014, 19 DÉCEMBRE, LE RÉACTEUR, SOIRÉE ART SONORE, MTL.
– 2014, 26 AVRIL 20H, CONCERT KOHLENSTOFF, LA PLANTE , MONTREAL