Vigliensoni, aka Gabriel Vigliensoni, is a Montréal-based musician and producer. His work is informed by formal musical training and extensive studies in sound recording, music production, new musical interfaces, and music information retrieval. In his work, Vigliensoni explores the different stages of current music production workflows, always transforming the process of making a record into a playing field for experimentation and learning.

Vigliensoni has been involved in a variety of projects all through his lengthy musical career, performing, producing, and composing. He was a founding member of the post-punk band Lucybell and the electro-acoustic band Mismos, among many other collaborations. In all these projects, Vigliensoni constantly embedded his trademark sound of edgy synth melodies, interlocked rhythms, and sonic experimentation.

The solo career of Vigliensoni began with the release Nata, where he experimented with techno and breakbeat. In his second release, Le Règne Animal, he explored vocal-driven songs that eschew the standard pop format, relying on extended structures, slower beats, and live drum programming. In Jaguar, Vigliensoni overlapped Krautrock and Electronica references to bring liveness and immediacy to the workflow of digital music production. In recent releases, such as Imágenes Paganas and Michael Saved us All, he made extreme reworks of songs he loves, bending their structure, rhythm, and spectral features by using procedural techniques.

In his latest album, Tempest, Vigliensoni uses a discrete number of analogue modular and MIDI-based digital synths, drum machines, and sequencers, to investigate alternative methods of composition and production. The tracks of this extended play release are improvisations composed with a limited sound palette, broadened in the editing and mixing stage. With an emphasis on the process, Vigliensoni is always looking for ways to transmit his discoveries and explorations, to share his experience as our own experience.


Pictures by Bruno Destombes and Myriam Menard.