Martine H. Crispo is an audio and new media artist, as well as a sound designer for the stage arts. She lives and works in Montreal. Her practice is centred on performance, radiophonic creation, and sound installation. She uses self-made DIY frequency generators and electronic circuits that she “unmakes” by taking apart old educational children’s toys (circuit bending). She is also interested in the sounds produced by small objects electro-magnetically put into motion.
For several years now, Martine H. Crispo has concentrated her practice on the relation between sound and light by elaborating devices based on optical and graphical sound. Her recent sound installation L’excitation sonore de Zoé T. has been presented at OBORO in Montreal and Tourner de l’oeil at DAÏMON in Gatineau.
She 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 collaborate regularly with local artists throughout Quebec. Most recently, she worked with Marcelle Hudon on her recent creation Le pavillon des immortels heureux presented at the gallery OBORO in Montreal. Also, with Carole Nadeau on Le project Quartett de H. Muller, a live video installation presented at the Fonderie Darling. She also 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.