Artists Nicolas Bernier

Nicolas Bernier is joyfully flowing from musique concrète to live electronics, post-rock, ambient, glitch, field recording, improvisation, performance, installation, art video while also working with dance, theatre and cinema. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. The sound of Nicolas Bernier is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriters, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories, and, yes, musical instruments. It is made with a modern apparatus but feels like completely handmade. It is gently articulated textures alongside enormous masses.

His work has been of interest for Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), SONAR (Spain), Mutek (Québec), DotMov Festival (Japan) and Transmediale (Germany) and has been released on lovely labels such as Crónica (Portugal), Ahornfelder (Germany), leerraum (Switzerland), and Home Normal (UK).

He his currently a PhD candidat in sonic arts at the University of Huddersfield (UK) under the direction of Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Monty Adkins. He his a member of Perte de signal, a media arts research and development centre based in Montréal.

For his work frequencies (a) he is awarded the Golden Nica of Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 2013).


Nicolas Bernier

Ottawa (Ontario, Canada), 1977

Residence: Montréal (Québec)

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Main releases

Les presses du réel / LPDR 9782378960049 / 2019
Acte / ACTE 02 / 2017
Misanthropic Agenda / MARO 44 / 2015
Line / LINE 064 / 2014
Entr’acte / E 163 / 2013
empreintes DIGITALes / IMED 12114, IMED 12114_NUM / 2012
Hrönir / HR 7963, HR 7963CD / 2011
Ahornfelder / AH 18 / 2010
Crónica Electrónica / CRONICA 053 / 2010
Ekumen / EK 009 / 2009
No Type / IMNT 0816, IMNT 0816_NUM / 2008
Ekumen / EK 006 / 2007
Ekumen / EK 008 / 2007
Ekumen / EK 001 / 2006
Ekumen / EK 002 / 2006