Nicolas Bernier

Nicolas Bernier is an award-winning sound performance, installation, and well...everything, artist. He's long been one of our absolute favourite artists, and a dear friend. We initally came across his work on a shared label - the excellent 12rec - who put out some superb work (a particular favourite being 'Objet abandonne en Mer') with Simon Trottier, as well as work on the wonderful Zymogen label. 

Nicolas put out the fantastically received 'The Dancing Deer' with us at the end of 2010, and followed this up with the sell-out double album 'Music For A Book / Music For A Piano' in the summer of 2012. He's recently finished a wonderful new album with the mesmerising talent that is Simon Trottier, titled 'Amplificateur, oscillateurs, mur blanc', which will be out on Home Normal a little later in the year. 

Here's a little more information about Nicolas:

• Born : Ottawa, Canada, 1977
• Residence: Montréal, Québec

Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics, post-rock, noise improv, video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and interdisciplinary contexts.

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: typewriter, 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 works have been of interest for Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), SONAR (Spain),Mutek (Canada), DotMov Festival (Japan) and Transmediale (Germany) and have been published on lovely labels like Crónica (Portugal), Ahornfelder (Germany),leerraum (Switzerland) and Home Normal (UK).

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

For more information and regular updates from Nicolas please visit his site:

Here's a video of Nicolas in action in New York with his highly acclaimed (and award-winning) performance work 'frequencies (synthetic variations)':

You can stream, share and buy Nicolas's 'The Dancing Deer' here:

You can stream, share and buy Nicolas's 'Music For A Piano' here:

You can stream, share and buy Nicolas's 'Music For A Book' here: