Martine H. Crispo is an audio and new media artist, as well as a sound designer for the performing arts. Her practice is centered on sound performances, radio art and installations. She uses self-made DIY frequency generators and electronic circuits bent from old educational children’s toys. For the past several years, she has focused on exploring the interplay of sound and light through the use of devices that employ the techniques of graphical and optical sound. Specifically, she explores sound as physical matter by producing it using the waves of visible light rays. The process that she uses is inspired by the principles of graphical sound developed in Russia in the 1930s and again later by Daphne Oram and Norman McLaren in the 1940s. Her recent work L’excitation sonore de Zoé T. has been presented at OBORO in Montreal and Tourner de l’oeil at DAÏMON in Gatineau.
She has also been active for over two decades in creating live radio performances with the biweekly show, Chaud Pour Le Mont-Stone. These radio performances function as a true sound laboratory where everything happens live. It is pure live radio – nothing hidden, anything goes, everything is played and broadcast live – through improvisation with both analog and digital machines, physical objects and radio microphones.
She collaborates regularly with local artists throughout Quebec. Most recently, she worked with Marcelle Hudon on her creation Le pavillon des immortels heureux presented at the gallery OBORO in Montreal, as well as with Carole Nadeau on Le project Quartett de H. Muller, a live video installation presented at the Fonderie Darling. She designed and performed the music and sound for Le Mobile, presented at the Mois Multi in Quebec and the Espace Libre in Montreal and in Mexico.