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New Adventures in Sound Art

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization, formerly based in Toronto but now in South River ON, that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. NAISA’s annual events include: the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art in January/February, the NAISA Sound Bash Series in March, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art in July/August, and the SOUNDplay Festival in October/November. The objectives of NAISA are to foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression. This objective will be achieved through the exploration of new sound technologies in conjunction with the creation of cultural events and artifacts.

In June 2017, NAISA staff and board of directors are pleased to announce the grand opening of the NAISA North Media Arts Centre at 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Ontario. Located in the centre of the village of South River, a short distance from Algonquin Park, at the building formerly known as Renée’s Café and Bean There Café, NAISA staff and board of directors are excited at the possibilities available. As well as a large exhibition space, NAISA North also includes a small café, a community gallery and workshop space, as well as a space suitable for media art production/creation. NAISA North’s café includes fresh baked goodies by local baker Linda Thomson and serves exclusively Muskoka coffee by Muskoka Roastery Coffee Company.

Upcoming Events

Sound Camp Soundscape Workshop Intensive
May 4 - 6, 2018
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
& Warbler's Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River

Cost: $100 (or $200 with 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Warbler's Roost)
After the stillness of winter, the first weekend of May in the Almaguin Highlands awakens to a suddenly active soundscape. Over the course of this weekend NAISA hosts an intensive workshop on recording, editing and mixing soundscape recordings in both stereo and multi-channel formats.

Info: http://naisa.ca/education/workshops/

Register here: https://naisa.ca/education/register/
NAISA 2018 Call For Submissions: Off the Beat(en) Track
Deadline: June 4, 2018
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme Off the Beat(en) Track for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art's 2019 programming.

Click here for information and on-line application.
Arts Meetups with Glenn Hubert
May 4, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
For this artist talk Glenn Hubert will share examples of his favourite nature recordings and provide background to the steps involved in making his nature recordings. His artist talk is part of Sound Camp, a weekend long soundscape recording workshop intensive at NAISA North Media Arts Centre and Warbler's Roost in South River. Details at http://naisa.ca/education/workshops/

After working in the music business as a producer and musician for over 30 years, Glenn Hubert's passion for nature drew him to field recording in the remote wilderness of the Georgian Bay Biosphere and Algonquin Provincial Park areas in Northern Ontario, Canada.

Choosing locations specific to the environments he wished to record, Glenn sets out his microphones, and leaves them for several hours, up to a day or two. The reason for this, Glenn says, is to allow the birds and animals to return to their natural routines, creating a natural soundscape rarely heard by people.

His attention to detail, and desire to capture pristine recordings of undisturbed natural habitats has resulted in unique wonderful recordings of natural wilderness areas which are disappearing as the human population expands.

Over the years Glenn has developed an archival library of thousands of hours of recordings, creating sonic time stamps of wilderness areas, some of which no longer are as peaceful as they were in his early days of recording.

Combining his music talents with his wilderness recordings, Glenn Hubert has created over twenty albums of "Music & Nature" and "Wilderness SoundScapes".

His "Algonquin Park Wilderness Series" features the iconic calls of the Common Loon and the Eastern Grey Wolf, in the albums, "The Loons of Algonquin", and "The Wolves of Algonquin. A welcomed additon to any nature lover's audio library.

"It's very gratifying knowing there is an increasing appreciation for our disappearing pristine natural habitats, and I am very happy to be able to share my experiences with others. It is my hope that my recordings will spread an awareness that nature should be appreciated, shared, respected, and should be preserved, cared for and protected."

You can find Glenn Hubert's recordings online at http://www.gmhcafestore.ca and join him on Facebook at "Glenn Hubert Music & Nature".