Bio and practice (en/fr)

Ismail Negm's approach to composition and improvisation centres around three points: creating familiarity - and hence anticipation - through coherence over repetition; capturing the listener with sound objects on the uncanny border between the natural and the synthetic; and insisting on narrative as the purpose of form. The instrument that best expresses his musical intention is the modular synthesizer, which he performs with regularly. When called to perform a secondary role as part of a visual production, his music digs in under the viewer's immediate perceptions to develop and anticipate, to remind and recenter, to capture the viewer fully into the past, present, and future of a scene.

He is passionate about sharing his knowledge - in performance as well as in electronics assembly - of modular synthesis through workshops and talks. He is co-founder of EasternBloc's weekly modular synthesis performance series ModularMondays. He is particularly interested in audio spatialization (ambisonics, VBAP, wave-field synthesis) in live performance, using the modular system's control voltage to organize sound on an arbitrarily large speaker array.

His academic background is in behavioral neuroscience and pure mathematics with a particular interest in logic, and is a programmer by profession.

Contact

Sample recordings

Sample patches

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Live performance

  1. Nearly every Monday since 2016
    ModularMondays at EasternBloc [Montréal, CA]
  2. 2019-12-07
    Oboro [Montréal, CA]
  3. 2019-11-23/24/30 12-01/07
    Synthèse Modulaire 04: Modulaire performé et spatialization 3D workshop at Oboro [Montréal, CA]
  4. 2019-10-26
    Sight+Sound at EasternBloc [Montréal, CA]
  5. 2019-10-19
    SAT (Satosphere) Substrat series - 31 channel full dome live ambisonics [Montréal, CA]
  6. 2019-09-30
    Alcides Lanza (hip'nos) with No Hay Banda at Sala Rossa [Montréal, CA]
  7. 2019-08-24
    ModularMondays at Mutek festival (Sonic Circuits) [Montréal, CA]
  8. 2019-08-24
    Introduction to modular workshop at Mutek festival (Sonic Circuits) [Montréal, CA]
  9. 2019-08-15
    Urane's Glacier album launch at Sala Rossa [Montréal, CA] [audio]
  10. 2019-04-27
    Sporobole - 6 channel live VBAP2D [Sherbrooke, CA] [audio | video]
  11. 2018-10-27
    Live ambisonics and multi-channel performance workshop at Oboro [Montréal, CA]
  12. 2018-07-09/22
    Spatial Audio Seminar at EMPAC (attendee) [Troy, NY, US]
  13. 2018-06-16
    Mini-festival du Synthé - live quadraphonic [Montréal, CA]
  14. 2018-06-23
    Introduction to modular workshop at Synthèse Montréal, CA festival [Montréal, CA]
  15. 2018-06-17/22
    Eurorack module build workshop at Synthèse Montréal, CA festival [Montréal, CA]
  16. 2018-01-07
    No Hay Banda at Suoni per il Popolo festival [Montréal, CA]
  17. 2017-11-06
    Rioverua at Vitrola [Montréal, CA]
  18. 2017-08-20/21
    Mutable Instruments Braids (surface-mount) build workshop at EasternBloc [Montréal, CA]
  19. 2017-07-11
    ALIVE performance series at Casa del Popolo [Montréal, CA]
  20. 2017-04-20
    CKUT Radio live performance on Chaud pour le mont-stone [Montréal, CA]
  21. 2016-10-02
    AHD at EasternBloc (installation) [Montréal, CA]