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Arts Meetups

Join us Friday nights for a chance to hear artist talks from our guest speakers or participate in an open sound art jam or a DIY workshop. Each week offers something different.

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

General $100, or $200 with 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Warbler's Roost

After the stillness of winter, springtime in the Almaguin Highlands awakens the ears to a suddenly active soundscape of birds, frogs and the drumming of the ruffed grouse. The first weekend of May at Warbler's Roost (22 KM west of South River) provides an exciting opportunity for nature-lovers, soundscape recordists and birders to enjoy the acoustic wonders of the spring season while learning about the art of soundscape recording.

Over the course of the weekend you will learn how to record, edit and mix natural soundscapes. On the last day you will be part of a team to record the dawn chorus at Warbler's Roost from multiple vantage points, and then afterwards, listen back to the recording at NAISA North Media Arts Centre on a multichannel audio system. In addition there will be other events taking place on the same weekend that workshop participants can attend at NAISA such as a “soundscape dinner in the dark” and an artist talk by Glenn Hubert.


Friday May 4 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm - Artist Talk by Glenn Hubert at NAISA North

Saturday May 5 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm - Soundscape Recording at Warbler's Roost
Saturday May 5 - 2:00 to 5:00 pm - Soundscape Editing and Mixing at NAISA North
Saturday May 5 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Soundscape Dinner in the Dark at NAISA ($20)

Sunday May 7 - 6:00 am to 7:00 am - Dawn Chorus Recording at Warbler's Roost
Sunday May 7 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm - Multi-channel Soundscape Editing & Mixing at NAISA North

Register here: https://naisa.ca/education/register/

Meet The Sponge Maker
January 19, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
A special highlight of the Arts Meetup series will be a performance by and conversation with Martin Marier who has created The Sponge, an electronic musical instrument. This presentation will be recorded for NAISA's Making Waves radio program for WGXC Wave Farm and will feature performaces by Marier of the compositions he has created for the Sponge. To read more about The Sponge and how it is made go to: http://www.martinmarier.com/wp/?page_id=12
Arts Meetup with Andrew O'Connor
February 2, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Andrew O'Connor is one of the featured artists of the Deep Wireless festival and will be performing on Feb 3. For the Arts Meetup Andrew will discuss his new work Ravenspeak, as well as his ongoing pirate radio project Parkdale Pirate Radio. He will also sample audio from his award winning sound design, radio theatre, and installations.
Arts Meetup with Alexis O'Hara
February 16, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Alexis O'Hara will talk about her transdisciplinary work as a performer and installation artist as well as the ideas behind her sound installation SQUEEEEQUE which is opening at NAISA on the same day. She will also guide audiences through a fun improvisation using SQUEEEEQUE.