Jean-Louis' Sound Art
The Sound Art of Jean-Louis uses natural and manipulated sounds - in addition to musical instruments often used in unconventional ways - to create unique and imaginative sound paintings. For Jean-Louis sound is all about images. A video that you see with your ears, allowing the sounds to paint a picture in your mind. The human ear is the most sensitive of our five senses, far more sensitive then out eyes yet, in spite of this, our eyes dominate our experience of the world. Through his work, Jean-Louis seeks to unlock the imagination using sound.
This piece, meant to evoke the looming presence of the mythical leviathan, is divided into two sections. The first is an atmospheric journey away from our own sound environment down into a completely different world. The second section begins with a dark silence that is illuminated by streaks of sound, evoking the image of bioluminescent creatures that dart about in the silent abyss. This playful imagery is interrupted by the immense sounds of the leviathan who passes and then returns to the silent abyss.
Mvmt. 1- L’Entrée
Mvmt. 2 - L'Enfer
Mvmt. 3 - Le Jugement
Another in a series of pieces inspired by Egyptian mythology, Selket is written for solo flute and piano and like Anubis is divided into three smaller section, Invocation, Vigil, and Incantation. Selket was the goddess who was called upon to heal the stings and bites inflicted by venomous scorpions and snakes. This work draws heavily upon the sound imagery of such poisonous creatures, and depicts a strange and ancient healing ritual, one in which only the virtuous survive.
The Sun and Moon
This story is one in a series of collaborations between Jean-Louis and Inuit artist Laakkuluk Williamson. The goal of this project was to create a unique background track for live story telling performances. This story about the creation of the sun and the moon is sure to shock and surprise. These creation myths are a cultural treasures that must be preserved.
The Woman Down There
This wonderful Inuit myth tells the story of the most powerful goddess in Inuit legend, her dominion over the creatures of the sea, and her role in the creation of all peoples.