Maxime de la Rochefoucauld

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Maxime Rioux in his studio, 2007

Maxime Rioux (born October 29, 1959) known by his stage name Maxime De La Rochefoucauld is a Montreal-based musician and performance artist.

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.

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 Geneviève Rioux.[2]



  • 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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