Origami : a sponge duet

Origami is a piece for two sponges. My acolyte for this work is Myriam Bleau.  We composed the piece together in jam sessions that spanned over a 3-4 month period.  We filmed most of our sessions and then watched them in order to find the most interesting bits.

We both use the exact same instrument, which means that both sponges and their corresponding SuperCollider programs are identical.

Performing “Origami” at NIME 2014 (excerpts).


The long version of Origami performed at Université de Montréal on January 30, 2014.

Building New Sponges

I am currently building three new and improved sponges. The most notable difference between these sponges (version 2012) and the old one (2011) is the amount and position of the buttons. There are now ten buttons: five for each hand.

Other changes include:

  • The sensibility of the accelerometers can be switched between 1.5g and 6g (it used to be hardwired to 1.5g).
  • It is thinner (it used to be 7cm thick, it is now 3.5cm).
  • It is sturdier.
  • It is shinier.

Of these three sponges, one will become my instrument and the two others will go to the IDMIL and the iACT. Let me know if you want your own!

New Sponge Performance Video

A new version of Clarinet (Albino Butterfly) is available on Vimeo. It was recorded on November 3rd, 2011 at the Schullich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal. It is (of course) performed on the sponge.

Thanks to Sylvain Pohu, Heather Roche, Pierre-Alexandre Tremblay, Julien Boissinot and Harold Kilianski for making this event happen. Special thanks to Krista Martynes who played the clarinet samples used in this piece.