Jean Piché Creates “FreeBirds” Using FreeForm Pro
Jean is a composer and video artist living and teaching in Montreal. He created FreeBirds with Mettle’s FreeForm Pro. He likes the creative freedom that After Effects allows him, rather than working in a dedicated 3D program like Cinema 4D or Maya.
“Freefrom Pro was an unexpected treasure trove. The ability to manipulate arbitrary forms and objects in a complete 3D environment within After Effects yielded astonishing imagery quickly and predictably.”
Jean’s computer music work is currently featured on the Creators Project. Founded by a revolutionary partnership between Intel and VICE, The Creators Project supports visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology in innovative ways to push the boundaries of creative expression.
Jean Piché has quite the resumé. He is a professor at the Faculty of Music at the Université de Montréal, where he teaches composition, music technology and video. He is the principal developer of Cecilia, an open source application for composing music, which was developed between 1995-1998 and is used by thousands of composers worldwide. He started using computers to create music in 1971, when he was a student at the Université Laval in Quebec City. He continued his studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Stanford University in California, and the Institute for Sonology in Holland. In the 80s, Jean helped produce some popular artists, including Loverboy and Bryan Adams, when he worked closely with ace producer Bruce Fairbairn. He designed the music software for the “One Laptop per Child/100$ computer” project, founded by Nicholas Negroponte, and directed by the Medialab at MIT. He has worked at the Canada Council for the Arts, where he developed key new music programs. He is also represented in the National Gallery of Canada with video artist Tom Sherman. He has won numerous awards for commissioned works shown in festivals and galleries world-wide.