A living metaphor of what happens when the boundaries between performers and audiences are erased.

Art installation meets live improvisation with audience interaction at Spectrum Music‘s remount of Matthew Roberts’ electro-eco-acoustic “Interface” during the upcoming Nuit Blanche in Toronto. “Interface” is a participatory audio-visual installation that uses live performers, electronics, and human touch in synergy to create morphing soundscapes. It is a living metaphor of what happens when the boundaries between performers and audiences are erased.

“Interface” was first presented at the season launch concert for Spectrum Music last year. With their 2014-2015 season launch slated for next Wednesday, the re-mounting of “Interface” at a larger scale as part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche activities is a fitting pre-launch party. Find them at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) with new performers every hour form 7pm to 7am.

Look out on Twitter for the reveal of the 12 artists who will be performing throughout Saturday night until Sunday morning, and a preview of Spectrum Music’s upcoming season on this blog next week. (Edit: It’s actually a total of 24 performers, with a new duo performing on the hour.)

Artistic Statement: Leave your shoes at the door, and step into an immersive room filled with sensors, two live musicians, and your fellow interface explorers. Touch any of the sensors, join hands with the people around you, and create human chains linking to the live performers. Interface will reward you with visual feedback from embedded LED’s, an ever evolving sound environment, and of course feedback from our live performers. By connecting the musician to various combinations of sensors, the audience collectively creates a collage of recorded sounds that the musician then responds to in their improvisations.