AM004: Special Juneteenth broadcast 

For the fourth broadcast of Acoustic Mirror, we choose the date of 19.6.20. This date is also known as Juneteenth or Black Independence Day. This date represents the day in which Slaves in Texas were read the Emancipation Proclamation. For this broadcast and on this date all proceeds generated from the performance will go to fighting systemic racism and to defund the police by supporting Black Youth In Action (BYIA) / JEUNESSE NOIRE EN ACTION (JNEA).

Luke Stewart (DC/NYC)

DC/NYC-based musician and organizer. As a solo artist, his recent focus is in compiling a series of improvisational sound structures for Upright Bass and Amplifier, utilizing the resonant qualities of the instrument to explore real-time harmonic and melodic possibilities.

Steve bates (ca)

Steve Bates is an artist and musician currently living in Saskatoon, Treaty 6 Territory, and the Homeland of the Métis. The sonic is the starting point for his projects which are evocations of communication networks and systems or expressions of spatial and temporal experience. He works in the field, on the air, in museological/gallery and performance contexts. These shifting territories reflect the content of his practice.

Gambletron (QC/LA)

Gambletron is a queer sound/performance artist and musician based out of Montreal, Canada currently displaced in Los Angeles. Through the years they’ve been known for their noise synth performances in clubs and galleries performing sets through large piles of radios, or noise performances in unique spaces using roving transmission. More recently they’ve been adjusting and reshuffling their practice to accommodate our new normal and have been exploring ways to insert the internet back into physical space through the use of Projectors and FM pirate radio.  For Acoustic Mirror Gambletron will be using a small portable mobile synth set up, and Radios as a sound system to go out in the world and perform/ transmit an outdoor live show for living things that can not catch Covid-19.  This includes cool energetic objects like rocks and bridges.


Patrick Breiner is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and educator. He is widely sought after as a unique and energetic instrumentalist and improviser. Patrick operates Sulde Records and leads several projects including Vartan Mamigonian (solo saxophone) and Double Double (free jazz quartet featuring 2 bassists).

Other collaborations include Battle Trance (New Amsterdam / NNA Tapes), VAX (self-released collaborative new/improvised musical performance trio), Bing & Ruth (RVNG Intl. and 4AD, 2006-2015), and Ballett im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Germany with VAX (2016) and with Sons Of Daughters (2012).

In addition to his musical undertakings, Patrick is a sometimes theater performer and maker of visual art.

chienvoler (qc)

CHIENVOLER is Jérémi Roy a multi-bassist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound engineer, and producer based in Montréal Quebec. His music is untempered architectural, chaotic, tragi-comic, visceral, complex, simple, or at other times, listened to for what it is, without looking for words. He has composed music for Film and Theatre notably for Havana from on High, a feature-length documentary by Pedro Ruiz as well as “Un si gentil garçon” by Denis Lavalou (Theatre Complices/Les Célébrants), a Quebec-Swiss co-production.

Kelly Ruth

Kelly Ruth is a Textile/New Media artist from Winnipeg, currently living in Edmonton. She has been activating her textiles and tools through using electronics, sound, and integrating microcontrollers into the foundations of her woven cloth. In performance, she uses contact microphones and effects pedals on her weaving loom and other fibre related tools. She performs solo and with an improvisational trio named Civvie. She has performed solo at the Vancouver New Music Festival, Handmade Assembly, Forthwith Festival, and as part of Civvie opened for an improvisational collaboration between Venetian Snares and Daniel Lanois.

This inaugural episode originally performed on 24/04/2020 features Philippe Battikha exploring ASMR through his trumpet and other sound objects. Tim Shaw takes us on a glitched-out streaming sound walk through the streets of Lausanne, Switzerland on lockdown. Special guest Esther Bourdages performs a turntablist music concrete set mixed with some field recordings by the host and organizer Martín Rodríguez

Acoustic Mirror is on Mixlr

Philippe Battikha (US)

Philippe Battikha is a Canadian composer, musician, and sound artist who works and lives in Montreal. He creates installations, sculptures and sonic environments using familiar and everyday sounds. He showcases our close and constant relationship with sound and its affect on our individual and collective experiences. He is co-founder of the Montreal artist space L’Envers, as well as the experimental music label Samizdat Records.

Tim shaw (UK)

Tim Shaw is an artist working with sound, light and communication media. Presenting work through musical performances, installations and sound walks Tim is interested in how listening environments can be constructed or explored using a diverse range of techniques and technologies. He works with field recordings, electronics, video, modular synthesis, sound objects, self-made hardware and DIY software. 

Esther Bourdages (CA)

Esther Bourdages works in the visual arts and technology art field. Under Esther B – she plays turntable, handles vinyl records, and records soundscapes. She has performed in CA, the US and FR. Additionally, her works have been presented in UK, DEU, Palestine, PO, BE and DA. She does radio art pieces based on field recordings.