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New Adventures in Sound Art

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization, based in Toronto, 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 May, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art in August, NAISA’s participation in the international Art’s Birthday celebration in January, as well as the NAISA Sound Bash Series in March and the SOUNDplay series in 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.

Upcoming Events

13th annual DEEP WIRELESS Festival of Radio & Transmission Art
presented by New Adventures in Sound Art

May 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014
various venues @ Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto

A month-long celebration of radio and transmission art including performances, installations, radio broadcasts and the TransX Transmission Art Symposium.

"As the convention of radio is questioned and no longer confined to the radio dial, Deep Wireless artists ask, what is the nature of transmission? This May, NAISA celebrates its 13th edition of the Deep Wireless Festival by once again bringing together artists from around the globe to respond to this question within the context of a time when old conventions and technologies are dissolving into multiple streams of creative possibilities." — Darren Copeland, NAISA Artistic Director.
part of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art
May 22, 2014 to May 25, 2014
at the Wychwood Theatre, 601 Christie St #176
General $70, Students $40
Visit Trans-X page
Register for the Symposium

NAISA is pleased to announce the 3rd edition of the TransX Transmission Art Symposium featuring two keynote addresses: Listening to the Anthropocene: transmissions of the ‘natural’ world by Anja Kanngieser (Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK) and Mobile Sound and (Re)Making Place by Jessica Thompson (University of Waterloo, ON Canada). The symposium will also include workshops, panel discussions, paper presentations, Installations and performances as part of the annual Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. Rooted in the earliest experiments with radio, Transmission Art has continued to flourish into the 21st Century with experiments using wireless communications technology over the past 100 years, including the exploration of a variety of mobile-based platforms such as GPS, phone apps, bluetooth and WiFi communication, as well as lesser-known forms of transmission, such as VLF. International performances/presentations/papers/lecture recitals included by: Peter van Haaften (Montreal, QC, Can), Thomas Beverly (USA), Michael A Mersereau (Montreal, QC, Can), James Hamilton (Montreal, QC, Can), David Ogborn (Hamilton, ON, Can), Linda Rogers (Toronto, ON, Can), Erin Sexton, (Montreal, QC, Can), and Emmanuel Spinelli/Tom Mudd (UK), with more TBA shortly.

NAISA Fundraiser with CCMC
By Michael Snow, Paul Dutton, John Oswald and John Kamevaar
April 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
at the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252, Artscape Wychwood Barns
General $15
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Michael Snow - analogue synthesizer
John Oswald - alto saxophone
Paul Dutton - sound singing and mouth harp
John Kamevaar - electronic percussion, analogue synthesizer and NAISAtron

A special fundraiser performance for NAISA featuring Toronto's longest running free improv band CCMC. Widely regarded as one of the pioneering free improvisation bands of the 1970s, CCMC has been reinventing itself with a shifting constellation of artists and a consistent questing spirit for more than four decades. For this special performance, CCMC consists of Michael Snow, Paul Dutton, John Oswald, and John Kamevaar. Also available for purchase will be NAISAtron kits, Contact mic and Micro-Radio Transmitter kits as well as various CDs by some of the CCMC artists. All proceeds go to furthering NAISA's objectives to providing a home for experimental sound art in Toronto. This concert marks the first time that the CCMC performs at the NAISA Space.

Soundhackers Meetup
April 24, 2014, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252
Soundhackers is a free monthly meet up co-presented by NAISA, dedicated to exploring techniques in sound art and music technology. The April edition will continue to feature a mix of artist presentations alongside hands-on tutorials. The agenda will be announced shortly on the meetup web-site, so please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/soundhackers to be notified when it's available.
Sound As Art Workshop with Darren Copeland
April 26, 2014, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
at the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252, Artscape Wychwood Barns
General $100
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Geared towards the budding sound artist, the visual and media artist exploring sound, the community radio programmer wanting to expand their possibilities, and those with a general interest in sound, this workshop will teach basic recording, editing, processing and mixing practices.
Introduction to Micro-Controllers with Ian Jarvis

April 27, 2014, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
at the NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252, Artscape Wychwood Barns
General $50, $70 with added supplies, $110 Workshop plus full Arduino kit with added supplies
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The Arduino micro-controller is an extremely popular and powerful tool that mediates the analog and digital worlds and is used to create robotics, dynamic objects, installations, interactive instruments/tools, the list is potentially endless. Through a combination of demonstrations and explanations, practical exercises, and individual work, participants will be guided through the basics of electronics, circuits, sensors, programming, actuators, and audio synthesis as to gain the understanding of the general usages of the Arduino with the end goal of building a synthesizer. This workshop is directed at those with no previous electronics or programming experience, looking to refresh their basic understanding, or just starting out.