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Machines
Machines Pascal Asselin, Patrick Bouchard, Érick d’Orion et Philippe Pasquier (2001)

The mission of the Machines collective, which was created in August 2001 and disbanded in 2003, was to disseminate electronic music that was groundbreaking for its technical and aesthetic diversity.

The mission of the Machines collective, which was created in August 2001 and disbanded in 2003, was to disseminate electronic music that was groundbreaking for its technical and aesthetic diversity. The prolific Machines staged some 12 concerts in Quebec City and energized the local abstract music scene by playing improvised, concrete, and exploratory contemporary music. Audiences grew steadily in number and enthusiasm. The collective frequently invited well-known or emerging audio artists to perform at its concerts.

 

The Machines collective’s aim was unique in Quebec City, and Avatar considered it very relevant. From the collective’s beginning, Avatar played a supportive role as a collaborator or co-presenter for its public performances. Every two months, the young group would organize an event that was attended by an ever-growing audience that was unaccustomed to the contemporary art world. Avatar eagerly supported Machines throughout its run in order to emulate the collective and increase audience numbers. 

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