Bio and practice (en/fr)

dark clouds on the horizon'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 has performed with regularly since 2016. 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.

dark clouds on the horizon is Ismail Negm. 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.

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Live recordings

Performance history

  1. 2020-09-14
    House show [Nantes, FR]
  2. Nearly every Monday from 2016 to 2020
    ModularMondays at EasternBloc [Montréal, CA]
  3. 2020-02-05
    Synthèse modulaire quadraphonique (workshop) at Moog Audio [Montréal, CA]
  4. 2019-12-07
    Oboro [Montréal, CA]
  5. 2019-11-23/24/30 12-01/07
    Synthèse Modulaire 04: Modulaire performé et spatialization 3D (workshop) at Oboro [Montréal, CA]
  6. 2019-10-26
    Sight+Sound at EasternBloc [Montréal, CA] [audio ]
  7. 2019-10-19
    SAT (Satosphere) Substrat series - 31 channel full dome live ambisonics [Montréal, CA] [video ]
  8. 2019-09-30
    Alcides Lanza (hip'nos) with No Hay Banda at Sala Rossa [Montréal, CA] [video ]
  9. 2019-08-24
    ModularMondays at Mutek festival (Sonic Circuits) [Montréal, CA]
  10. 2019-08-24
    Introduction to modular (workshop) at Mutek festival (Sonic Circuits) [Montréal, CA]
  11. 2019-08-15
    Urane's Glacier album launch at Sala Rossa [Montréal, CA] [audio ]
  12. 2019-04-27
    Sporobole - 6 channel live VBAP2D [Sherbrooke, CA] [audio | video ]
  13. 2018-10-27
    Live ambisonics and multi-channel performance (workshop) at Oboro [Montréal, CA]
  14. 2018-07-09/22
    Spatial Audio Seminar at EMPAC (attendee) [Troy, NY, US]
  15. 2018-06-16
    Mini-festival du Synthé - live quadraphonic [Montréal, CA]
  16. 2018-06-23
    Introduction to modular (workshop) at Synthèse Montréal, CA festival [Montréal, CA]
  17. 2018-06-17/22
    Eurorack module build (workshop) at Synthèse Montréal, CA festival [Montréal, CA]
  18. 2018-01-07
    No Hay Banda at Suoni per il Popolo festival [Montréal, CA]
  19. 2017-11-06
    Rioverua at Vitrola [Montréal, CA]
  20. 2017-08-20/21
    Mutable Instruments Braids (surface-mount) build workshop at EasternBloc [Montréal, CA]
  21. 2017-07-11
    ALIVE performance series at Casa del Popolo [Montréal, CA]
  22. 2017-04-20
    CKUT Radio live performance on Chaud pour le mont-stone [Montréal, CA]
  23. 2016-10-02
    AHD at EasternBloc (installation) [Montréal, CA]