Maxime de la Rochefoucauld

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Maxime De La Rochefoucauld (born October 29, 1959) is the stage name of the Montreal-based musician and performance artist, Maxime Rioux.

Rioux is best known for his compositions produced on musical instruments that are homemade and often built specifically for a single live performance. Most instruments (usually string or percussion) of his Système Ki, as Rioux calls it, are not played directly by a musician. Instead they are mechanically linked to a woofer that is driven by an inaudible, extremely low frequency electrical signal. The signal, in the range of 1-10 Hz, is most often generated on a synthesizer and prerecorded, but may be played live or be generated from other electrical sources.

Maxime Rioux in his studio, 2007

The name "Ki" refers to the Japanese translation of Qi, the notion of a vital energy that animates all things.

Rioux is the brother of French-Canadian stage and film actress fr:Geneviève Rioux.



  • Automates Ki, Plastique Records, 1997 [1]
  • Collection Somnambule, Disques Pout Pout, 2002 [2]
  • Orchestraki, Storyboard Records, 2006 [3]


  1. ^ "Browse by Label: PLASTIQUE RECORDS". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Maxime de la Rochefoucauld: Collection somnambule ›› Description — — La boutique des nouvelles musiques". 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived November 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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