Every culture has its hidden treasures, and Québec culture is no exception to the rule. With his Remixer la chanson québécoise project, researcher Serge Lacasse, from the Faculty of Music at Université Laval, discovered an original way to promote a selection of Québec chansons. Working in collaboration with ethnomusicologist Gérald Côté, a visiting professor in the Faculty of Music, the researcher had two main objectives: to produce of an album of twenty remixes of songs from Québec artists recorded before 1950, and to gain a better understanding of the remixers' creative processes through an ethnographic study.
The project provided an opportunity to explore the motivations at the heart of the artistic approach of remixers.
The project provided an opportunity to explore the motivations that lie at the heart of the artistic approach of remixers. Despite a general tendency to use specific digital technologies, the participant remixers produced distinct and singular creations. The album itself will be released on iTunes in the spring of 2015. In addition to song remixes, the interactive LP will include video clips, photographs and written scientific presentations. It will illustrate Québec's rich musical heritage and show that a sound manipulation technique such as remixing can lead to the rediscovery of forgotten treasures.
The album has given rise to a number of other projects, including the publication of a book, Les enjeux de la recherche-création en musique – Institution, définition, formation (Presses de l'Université Laval), and the publication of articles in Copyright Volume! and Intersections. Several presentations on the topic have been made at conferences in Québec, Canada, France, Great Britain and Norway.