Born in Vevey in 1980, Antoine Chessex is a composer, sound artist and researcher whose works assume a wide diversity of forms spanning compositions for ensembles, solo performances, sound installations and transdisciplinary projects.

The works of Antoine Chessex have over the years crossed the boundaries between Noise, (de)composition and improvisation defining an atypical path towards sonic imagination. His background as a saxophone player saw him performing extensively in manifold situations over the last decades.

As a performer, he radically reterritorialized the tenor saxophone as a monstrous machine by playing his horn through distorting stacks of guitar amplifiers and PA systems to create monolithic walls of electrified textures resulting in intense live actions. He performed solo at numerous international festivals and venues worldwide.

As a composer, he has been investigating the abstract properties of acoustic instruments within ensembles, usually in combination with electronic dispositives including the reel-to-reel tape recorder performed live by Jérôme Noetinger. Chessex's compositions are characterized by textural density and microtonal tensions often resulting in sound-masses exploring the physical dimensions of space and time.

Past commissions include DUST for three violins and electronics recorded live at Berlin's Berghain in 2010, Chute for the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Schichten & Ritournelle Fulgurante  for the oh ton Ensemble, Metakatharsis & Damage is Done for the Phoenix Ensemble in Basel, Furia for the Ensemble Werktag in Zürich as well as Plastic Concrete & Accumulation for Apartment House in London. In 2016, he wrote Les Abîmes Hallucinés, an ominous electro-acoustic sonic drama for the Ensemble Proton in Bern. His compositions have been pubished by Tochnit-Aleph, Cave12 records, Musica Moderna and Bocian records.

As a researcher, he addresses issues around Noise, auditory perception, sonic abstraction, marginal artistic practices, politics of hearing and possible articulations of sound and philosophy within the sound studies context. Recent publications include Unfolding the Margins (éditions du désordre, 2017), Thinking A Sonic World (ZHdK, 2017) and the multilingual magazine Multiple (2016).

Chessex is also a founding member of the band Monno with whom he toured extensively.

His works have been presented at Cafe OTO (London), Transmediale festival (Berlin), Ultima contemporary music festival (Oslo),Videotage (Hong Kong), Diapason Gallery (New York), Issue Project Room (New York), The Lab (San Francisco), The Compound (San Francisco), INA/GRM Présence électronique Festival (Paris), Berghain (Berlin),      Tuned City festival (Berlin), Alexandrinsky Theatre (St-Petersburg),     Sonic Protest festival (Paris), Unsound festival (Krakow), Archipel festival (Geneva), Women (Los Angeles), Ultra Hang festival (Budapest), Parnassos concert hall (Athen), Vaal Gallery (Tallinn), Dom (Moscow),    All Ears Festival (Oslo), Corsica Studios (London),  Sound Forest festival (Riga), Urban Guild (Kyoto), Urga (Tokyo), Ochiai Soup (Tokyo), Namba Bear (Osaka), Swissnex (San Francisco),  Center of contemporary arts (Warsaw), Fundacion Serralves (Porto), Palace Akropolis (Prague),      Tam Tuumb! Festival (Roma), Audio Art Festival (Krakow), Meteo Festival (Mulhouse), Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), Ze Dos Bois (Lisbon), Elastic Arts (Chicago), HAU (Berlin), Mochvara (Zagreb), Ancienne Belgique (Brussels), LUFF festival (Lausanne), Ruin Festival (Wien), Echo festival (Belgrade), Fylkingen (Stockholm), Sendesaal Bremen, DNK(Amsterdam), Istituto Svizzero (Roma), Rotterdam Film Festival and Fri Art (Fribourg). 

further resources:

publications HERE

list of works HERE

Interview on 15 questions website: HERE

Extensive interview on Tokafi  PART I & PART II 

reviews of apartment house/noetinger/chessex: on bad alchemy & aural aggravation & a closer listen

reviews of selected chamber music works:  on the wire & touching extremes & a closter listen

reviews of DUST:  on a closter listen & touching extremes & bad alchemy & blow up & neural

live reviews on counterfnord & the new noise & berliner zeitung

portrait in newspaper satakunnan kansa in finland

reviews  of errances on improv sphere & vital weekly

reviews of fools: on crucial blasttokafi & still single & paris transantlic & existence establishment

reviews  of monno on taz & des cendres à la cave & pertes et fracas

review of bolidages on die tageswoche

earlier reviews selection of solo works here

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photo by Anton Lukoszevieze, London, 2015