About The Collective
Trajectories is a collective of electroacoustic composers and interdisciplinary artists from Montreal, Quebec. The group, comprised of Charles Harding, Malte Leander, Connor Cook, and Michael Pinsonneault, focuses on generating an ever-expanding catalog of multi-disciplinary projects exploring diverse and relevant subject matter. Reflecting and commenting on contemporary issues, events and areas of research, each individual creator’s perspective interactively shapes the collective’s direction, and vice-versa.
In February 2023 the group released their first full-length album Blood & Breath, an hourlong odyssey of dark ambience, synthesis, and noise. For Trajectories, Blood & Breath represents the silver lining that came out of the global pandemic lockdowns of 2020-21 and their aftermath. Collaborating over Zoom and using shared drives, the group engaged with the unique circumstances and states of mind, body and emotion being personally and generally experienced in that historical moment, and the result was this album’s 10 tracks. Source materials were personal and intimate: recordings of apartments and private journeys and spaces, made into communal, holographic fabric when shared and reinterpreted amongst all members. As the pandemic raged on, the context shifted and tilted. So too did the relationship change between artists and their compositions.
In October of 2022 the group hosted an immersive audiovisual presentation of the album at Eastern Bloc, an artist-run-centre in Montréal. The intimate cinematic experience attracted many members of the electroacoustic community and was quite well received!
In late February of 2023, Trajectories members Charles Harding and Malte Leander performed an improvised soundscape set at Nuit Blanche à Montrèal. Hosted by Eastern Bloc and WIP, the spectacular event entitled PRISMA attracted hundreds. Following this performance a recorded version of the set was released as a Trajectories live EP/video, similarly titled Prisma. The set was arranged to share varying biomes and sonic memories documented by the 2 composers throughout the past few years. Subtle synth textures are layered throughout the performance to alter the perceptual experience of the field recordings as well as to inspire thoughts of strange prismatic settings in time and space. Sonic spaces and temporal stamps resembling the colours formed by refraction of light through a prism.
Looking forward into the year, the group will be expanding it’s repertoire, engaging in more performances, and will be embarking on a residency in Finland as of October 2023.