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Student Profile: Jean Brazeau

School of Contemporary Arts master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology

February 19, 2021
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For the past six years, I've been running and operating a non-profit project space named Deep Blue where I co-curate a program of live electronic and electroacoustic music. Year-round, this space also provides private studios to local musicians working with electronic instruments. Since 2015 I've been working at Intellijel Designs Inc. where I test and calibrate various kinds of boutique modular synthesizers– a style of electronic instrument that looks and operates similarly to a telephone switchboard.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

While I was initially attracted to SFU because of the university's affiliation with Martin Bartlett, the World Soundscape Project, Hildegard Westerkamp and Barry Truax, it was when I was touring the SCA campus and noticed that the electroacoustic studio was furnished by a historically significant instrument, one that I actually specialize in with my work as a musician/technician. When I saw this instrument, I immediately knew this was a resource that I could focus on and that SFU was the right choice for me.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I make electroacoustic music, and so far this work has mostly centered around Simon Fraser University’s 3rd generation Serge Modular System produced between 1976-1979. This instrument provides an incredibly rich frame for me to work within as it's designers introduced many novel concepts into the field of instrument design–yet scholarship on the Serge system, and modular instruments in general remains sparse. While my creative work is centered around this and similar kinds of tools, my research is looking at the broader historical relationship between science and music, specifically through the lens of philosophy.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I've never felt so artistically supported as I have since I started studying at SFU. The faculty is unparalleled, and I feel so grateful for all the amazing people that I've met and had the opportunity to work alongside.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship

Contact Jean: jbrazeau@sfu.ca