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Machine a Turlute

Issue: XIX.5 September + October 2012
Page: 6
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Mouna Andraos, Melissa Mongiat

The Machine à Turlute is a mobile musical unit that enables the general public to learn a traditional folk-singing style and collectively compose unique musical pieces.

In the late 1920s, Marie Travers, also known as La Bolduc, was the first female singer to sing to the Québec working class. Known as the Queen of Canadian Folksingers, she made a name for herself with her Turlute, a traditional folk singing style, similar to Irish lilting, that sings out instrumental partitions with evocative phonemes.

In 2011, we were commissioned by Lusio Films to develop a Turlute machine as a way to rediscover this musical heritage of La Bolduc and share it with the general public.


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Publication: Andraos, M. and Mongiat, M. Machine à Turlute. Proc. of TEI 2012 (Kingston, Ontario, Canada). Feb. 19-22, 2012.

Mouna Andraos
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Melissa Mongiat
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