Woulg

Play 3
MUTEK 2018, montreal

Studio Hydro-Québec (Basement)
25/08/2018

Woulg peels back layers of reality to reveal a dark world's inner workings, altering preconceived perceptions through audio and visual glitches, jazz-inspired hypnotic break beats and unexpected ever-changing ambient textures.

With a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and music composition studies under his belt from the Dartington College of Arts in the UK, Debicki crafts custom software, hacks and modified tools to drive glitch music, generative music software and interactive projections into new territories. An open-source and DIY advocate who pushes boundaries of music's definition and capabilities, he merges dissonant and destructive aesthetics into industrial leaning sound design, minimalist melodies and emotive soundscapes to create an uncanny tension. He runs Studio Marie Anne, offering courses in sound design, composition, controllerism and programming, has managed a team designing visuals for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and taught a workshop about glitch and sound design at Berklee's Masters Campus in Valencia. He's performed as Woulg throughout Europe, South and North America and Australia and has collaborated with audiovisual artists such as Push 1 stop on audio-reactive 3D visuals.

This year, Woulg presents his newest audiovisual creation, Last Time, a unique experience of shifting time through sonic exploration.

PLAY 1
MUTEK 2015, montreal


29/05/2015

Montréal-based composer and new media artist Greg Debicki produces emotive glitch music by combining the dissonance of grunge with the rhythmic complexity of IDM and jazz. Using a bundle of custom software and hacked hardware, Woulg experiments with subversive methods of sound design, exploring the creative potential of destruction, distortion and glitch. Woulg’s soundcapes guarantee a heightened listening experience: minimalist melodies and stirring synthesized tones always on the verge of careening wildly out of control. An open source advocate, Woulg releases his output on like minded labels such as Outlier Recordings and Enig'matik. After presenting Hollow, a mind melting, diagrammatic odyssey into the fabric of techno at MUTEK 2014, Debicki returns to the festival with Ring Buffer, which explores data bending by modelling sound in 3D. Sounds are sculpted in 3D modelling software using procedural algorithms and then converted to sound using image to audio mapping, and are displayed using a spectrograph. By using gestural rhythmic structures with a heavy emphasis on textures and dynamics, the performance takes the audience through an imagined geography, exploring multiple perspectives of alien shapes and soundscapes. By creating the sounds first as visual objects and then manipulating them as sounds in order to display them as visuals again, the project aims to bring the audience into the fabric of the data, to explore it from an inside perspective.

DIGITAL QUÉBEC

British Film Institute
13/03/2015

Ring Buffer explores data bending by modelling sound in 3D. Sounds are sculpted in 3D modelling software using procedural algorithms and then converted to sound using image to audio mapping, and are displayed using a spectrograph. By using gestural rhythmic structures with a heavy emphasis on textures and dynamics, the performance takes the audience through an imagined geography, exploring multiple perspectives of alien shapes and soundscapes. By creating the sounds first as visual objects and then manipulating them as sounds in order to display them as visuals again, the project aims to bring the audience into the fabric of the data, to explore it from an inside perspective.
(40 min).

MUTEK NUIT BLANCHE

Espace Réunion
28/02/2015

Montréal-based composer and new media artist Greg Debicki (Woulg) produces emotive glitch music by combining the dissonance of grunge with the rhythmic complexity of IDM and jazz. Using a bundle of custom software and hacked hardware, Woulg experiments with subversive methods of sound design, exploring the creative potential of destruction, distortion and glitch. Woulg’s soundcapes guarantee a heightened listening experience: minimalist melodies and stirring synthesized tones always on the verge of careening wildly out of control. An open source advocate, Woulg releases his output on like minded labels such as Outlier Recordings and Enig'matik. After presenting Hollow, a mind melting, diagrammatic odyssey into the fabric of techno at MUTEK 2014, and days before flying off to perform Ring Buffer, his new, data-bending AV spectacle at MUTEK’s Barcelona branch (MUTEK.ES), Woulg brings his sculptural commotions and long range melodic chaos to MUTEK’s Nuit Blanche event. 

PLAY 3
MUTEK 2014, montreal

BWR Room
01/06/2014

Montréal-based composer and new media artist Greg Debicki (Woulg) produces emotive glitch music by combining the dissonance of grunge with the rhythmic complexity of IDM and jazz. Using a bundle of custom software and hacked hardware, Woulg experiments with subversive methods of sound design, exploring the creative potential of destruction, distortion and glitch. Woulg’s soundcapes guarantee a heightened listening experience: minimalist melodies and stirring synthesized tones always on the verge of careening wildly out of control. An open-source advocate, Woulg releases his output on like-minded labels such as Outlier Recordings and Enig'matik. At EM15, he’ll present Hollow, a live performance with generative, sound responsive visuals that takes festivalgoers on a trippy, diagrammatic odyssey into the fabric of techno. Journeying from dark, four-to-the-floor to cerebral IDM and back, Hollow takes after mind-melting visual cues devised by the likes of masters and festival alumni Ryoichi Kurokawa, Carsten Nicolai and Ryoji Ikeda.

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