Louis Dufort

Hi_Res has been performed in Karlsruhe and Montréal…

Hi_Res investigates a technology fetish, the kind often featured in B-series science-fiction movies. At the basis of Hi_Res is a text — a short excerpt from the user manual for the Motor Mix MIDI controller — read by Canadian composer Darren Copeland. In a sense, this assumed awkwardness highlights the absurd importance technology has taken in art. So I admit it: there is a kitsch side to this piece, and it is peppered with irony.

[English translation: François Couture, viii-07]

Hi_Res was realized in 2005 at the studios of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) in Germany. A first version premiered on February 11, 2005 during the trans_canada festival at the ZKM’s ZKM_Medientheater. The final version premiered on May 14, 2005, under the provisional title Hi_Res.1, during the Elektra Festival at Usine C in Montréal. The piece was commissioned by the ZKM. My thanks to Ludger Brümmer, the team of the ZKM’s Institut für Musik & Akustik, and Darren Copeland.


  • February 11, 2005, Louis Dufort, diffusion • trans_canada: Paysages • Landschaften • Landscape, ZKM_Medientheater, Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • May 14, 2005, Elektra 6: Concert, Usine C, Montréal (Québec)


Hi_Res (Louis Dufort) (2005)
5.1-channel fixed medium



Date Work Program
November 2, 2008 Louis Dufort, Hi_Res (2005) CKLN 88.1 FM (Canada)
January 2, 2009 Louis Dufort, Hi_Res (2005) Sound Quality / ABC Radio National (Australia)
May 12, 2009 Louis Dufort, Hi_Res (2005) Média inconnu
April 1, 2010 Louis Dufort, Hi_Res (2005) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
November 29, 2010 Louis Dufort, Hi_Res (2005) Foldover / WOBC 91.5 FM (USA)
January 17, 2011 Louis Dufort, Hi_Res (2005) Électrain de nuit / France Musique (France)
July 27, 2014 Louis Dufort, Hi_Res (2005) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)

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