Nicolas Bazoge

Nicolas Bazoge is a lighting and sound designer for the living arts.


At the same time, he develops his own artistic projects in the field of interactive musical performance.

His artistic research mainly focuses on hybridization issues in technologically mediated stage performance contexts. His work aims to create immersive, interactive and semi-improvised sound experiences, as well as to promote individual expression through specifically developed interpretation systems based in particular on motion capture technologies.

His sound sources usually include self-sampled objects and musical instruments that he digitally processes.

Biography

Graduated in 2004 from the Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacle (ISTS) in Avignon, Nicolas Bazoge joined the following year the team of the Centre Dramatique National de Bretagne in Lorient (France) where he worked for a dozen years with renowned play directors as a Lighting Manager and Lighting Designer in France and abroad.

 

In parallel to this job, he nourishes his attraction for music through various sound and performance collaborations with theatre and contemporary dance companies, as well as through his own musical project Nola's key.

 

In order to deepen his reflection on the challenges of digital technologies in the living arts, he resumed in September 2016 a university course in Master Arts and Digital Technologies at the University of Rennes 2.

 

During this research, he works on the notion of intermedia (Dick Higgins), hybridation, and on the relationship between space, sound, movement and light.
At the end of this course, he proposes in March 2018 the musical performance Vis Insita (Principe) featuring a new instrumental interface, based on a professional multi-camera motion capture system, which he will present the following year in Porto Alegre, Brazil, as part of the NIME (New Interface for Musical Expression) international conference.

His musical influences range from the sound and performance experiments of the 60s and 70s (E.A.T., Laurie Anderson) to current electronic music (Moderat, Trentemöller, Max Cooper), but also from Cold Wave (Joy Division) to indie music of the 90s (Archive, Massive Attack, Placebo, Radiohead).

These are not related to specific musical genres, but rather to the mental and introspective nature of the listening they generate.

 

Main dates

2019

         Vis Insita - Musical, visual and kinetic performance

         Work in progress

 

2018

Vis Insita (Principe) - Musical, visual and kinetic performance

2016

../MUTE  (with video mapping et scenography)

2015

e-Vox - Musical performance and participatory verbal experimentation

2014

../MUTE  - Multi-instrumental performance alone on stage

2012

Wondergen - Autoproduced album

2010

Insides - First live concept of Nola's key

2008

Metting with Katell Hartereau and Léonard Rainis from the contemporary dance company Le pôle.

Composition of soundtracks and live performances

2006

Vivre son histoire - Mashup used by the rock band Placebo for the openning sequence of their concerts on the Meds tour.

2005

Creation of Nola's Key

Launch of the animated site (still accessible at this address (what if that was the key?.....)

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