Vanessa Massera

As an artist, Vanessa Massera is fascinated by the manifestations of serendipity in life. Originating from Montréal, she specialised in electroacoustic music, a medium she now uses as a means to express poetic ideas whilst being anchored in the many different spaces and cultural environments she is inspired by. Her works have been performed amongst others at the ZKM (DE), NWEAMO Festival (JP/US), EMUFest (IT), Miso Music (PT), NYCEMF (US), TES (CA), Ai-Maako (CL), FRST (SE), MOKS (EE) and one of her latest works has received the JTTP Canadian Electroacoustic Award. She now works in Stockholm as a freelance composer and performer and as a studio assistant at the Electronic Music Studios of Stockholm.

Éclats de Feux (2016)

Stereo EAM

Transitional work of my journey in composition, Éclats de Feux started with many sound recordings of objects and spaces found around Sheffield. As the first piece of my doctoral portfolio, this one acts as a bridge between the school of Montréal, where I come from, and the effervescence of British acousmatic. In this piece, I explored the contrasts between powerful masses and up-close solo objects, with particular sensitivity to the use of space in stereophony, as my research is focused on the interpretation and performance of acousmatic music. The title refers to the impressive bonfire nights and endless fireworks I have been exposed to in the first weeks after my arrival in the UK. “Shards of Fire”, as it translates, also represents the extreme rapidity and intensity with which one’s life may be completely changed with one single voyage.

Vanessa Massera