“The electronic music duo that comes by the mysterious name AUN are based in Montreal, Canada: musician Martin Dumais (guitar, electronics and more) joined forces with fellow musician and video artist Julie Leblanc to form the duo that is now well-known for their guitar-based dark ambient and experimental music. Since AUN’s appearance on the music scene in 2007, the band has since released numerous albums, and has performed internationally at several major festivals and venues. Covering a variety of styles and genres such as industrial, shoegaze, kosmische, their work has gradually evolved from their early psychedelic/doom sound into more refined ambient soundscapes that are less heavy and severe. Their music could be described as revelatory or (paradoxically) illuminating. It is meant to be listened to closely and attentively like a meditation, in order for its multiple layers and sound textures to be appreciated.” [Aun Facebook]
How would you summarize this past year on artistic and personal level?
It was nice to travel and share the music in places we’d never been, and to receive positive receptions.
What album you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2013)?
Autechre ‘Icunabula’. I put it back on my Ipod after finding it on CD. It is very old but cheerful for me and it keeps my energy flowing. I use to have the cassette in my car for long rides, and it would put my kids in some kind of peaceful state. They would listen carefully and be fascinated by what they would call extraterrestrial music. We also listened to a lot of jazz and the new David Bowie, because we need breaks from noise and electronic music sometimes.
What was the best cultural experience not related to music?
After going to Paris several time, I had never been to the Louvres but this time we did. I really enjoyed the collections of old antique tablewares, vases, cups and most of the antique jewellery and ornaments collection. Beautiful work with a lot of details in those magnificient pieces . The best of it is some were made a thousand or two thousand years ago, quite impressive. Sometimes modern art compared to this can be underwhelming. Just looking at one of the vase you could write a story, there is so much detail and precision.
And best trip? Most beautiful or magic place you visited this year?
It is hard to say, every place as something special to discover but when you tour you are most of the time in big cities, having a stop in the country side is always ressourcing, for example a show we had in the Cévennes mountains in France. The middle age villages, the spectacular views, the whole area has an aura of peacefullness and liberty.
What was your greatest disappointment of 2013?
Not doing our show in Avignon because neighbors vandalised the venues door lock. They were angry because of the constant noise every night. But on a bigger scale, all the government corruption, and basically the whole world looking on its last days.
Did you learn anyting particular this year.
A bit of new software and that improvisation is great for us, even if it can be scary.
Plans, hopes, expectations for 2014?
More music, touring and picking up chestnuts in the mountains.