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Art's Birthday Mesh Jam
January 17, 2021 at 2PM EST (-5 UTC)
Listen/Watch the celebration on Art’s Birthday Mesh Network. To participate with your own sounds images, create an account on the Mesh!

Celebrate Art's Birthday by participating in a multi-media jam taking place with artists and musicians from around the world online on the Art’s Birthday distributed mesh system. Deep Wireless artists James Bailey and Shaughn Martel will join the mesh at 2PM EST to contribute sounds and images, but the mesh can be accessed at any other time. Art’s Birthday is an annual exchange art event celebrated internationally by the arts community. Happy 1,000,059th Birthday, Art!

Winter Diary Revisited - Listening Event #1
By Claude Schryer
Group listening with a Q&A - Feb 5 at 7PM EST (same event as the Feb 6 at 2PM EST event)
General $10, with Advance Registration

Claude Schryer will present his new soundscape composition and podcast program featuring excerpts from an unpublished essay that R. Murray Schafer wrote after a 10-day field recording trip that Schafer undertook with Schryer in rural Manitoba in February 1997. The recordings made on the trip were produced and edited for a radio piece for the program Akustische Kunst on Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR). Schryer ‘revisits’ this trip by mixing Schafer's writing with archival soundscapes as well as new winter soundscapes recorded in Ontario and Quebec in 2022.

This new piece forms episode 99 of the conscient podcast series produced by Claude Schryer. The French language version of this piece is episode 100 of the conscient podcast: Journal d'hiver revisité - Hommage à R. Murray Schafer. The final mix was realized as part of a residency at the New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) in South River, Ontario (Darren Copeland, artistic director).
Winter Diary Revisited - Listening Event #2
By Claude Schryer
Group listening with a Q&A - Feb 6 at 2PM EST (same event as the Feb 5 at 7PM EST event)
General $10, with Advance Registration

Claude Schryer will present his new soundscape composition and podcast program featuring excerpts from an unpublished essay that R. Murray Schafer wrote after a 10-day field recording trip that Schafer undertook with Schryer in rural Manitoba in February 1997. The recordings made on the trip were produced and edited for a radio piece for the program Akustische Kunst on Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR). Schryer ‘revisits’ this trip by mixing Schafer's writing with archival soundscapes as well as new winter soundscapes recorded in Ontario and Quebec in 2022.

This new piece forms episode 99 of the conscient podcast series produced by Claude Schryer. The French language version of this piece is episode 100 of the conscient podcast: Journal d'hiver revisité - Hommage à R. Murray Schafer. The final mix was realized as part of a residency at the New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) in South River, Ontario (Darren Copeland, artistic director).
The Garden of Earthly Delights - A Comic Opera
By Trevor Wishart
Group listening with Q&A - February 13, 2022 at 2PM
General $10, with Advance Registration
Trevor Wishart will present his hour long radiophonic electroacoustic work in a new binaural audio version adapted from the 8-channel surround version. “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is a 70 minute journey through the landscapes of the human predicament. Free archival recording available on NAISAtube shortly after February 13.
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The libretti is by Katrina Porteous, Martin Riley and Trevor Wishart. Recordings were made at the Royal Conservatory, Den Haag, and at Leeds and Durham Universities, and the project received support from the Konrad Boehmer Foundation. Featured performers include Lore Lixenberg and First Year Choir of the Royal Conservatory, Den Haag along with the voices of Marie Guilleray, Áslákur Ingvarsson, Martin Riley, Jacqueline Wishart, Luke Dickson, John Mee, Rebecca Riley, Maggi Stratford. Additional music was composed by Ben Eyes and Brass music was performed by Honor Hornsby, Martha Dean and Samuel Gibb. The binaural adaptation from Trevor Wishart’s 8-channel Surround version is by Ben Eyes.

Trevor has produced a booklet about the origins, history and technical aspects of “The Garden of Earthly Delights” and includes a stereo version of the complete piece on CD. It is available on Bandcamp from Integrated Circuit Records.

The labyrinth shown in the accompanying image has been adapted from the original Bosch painting by Istvan Brecz-Gruber.

Constellations Online Listening Party
By Michelle Macklam (Curator), Arif Mirbaghi, John Hill and Sophia Steinert-Evoy
March 26, 2022, 4:00 pm
General $10, with Advanced Registration
Constellations is a sound art and experimental narrative podcast and event series co-founded by Michelle Macklem and Jess Shane. Works by John Hill, Arif Mirbaghi, Sophia Steinert-Evoy and Nicole Pingon are presented along with discussion about the themes and processes that guided their creation. Also, all 60+ episodes of Constellations are broadcast on NAISA Radio at 12PM Thursday to Sunday.

An archive of the event recording will be available on NAISATube shortly after March 26.

Program:
I. Speak(er) to the Land by John Hill
: Speak(er) to the Land was produced by John Hill. Aliya Pabani provided editorial support on behalf of Constellations. Thanks to the University of Wisconsin Oneida Language Dictionary Project.

This piece is dedicated to Maria Hinton, the Oneida speaker heard at the end of the piece, and to Ima "Akoh" Johnson, Mohawk-Cayuga faithkeeper and language teacher. This piece is also dedicated to the land and its defenders everywhere.

“This piece is a prayer and poem which speaks directly to the ancestors and the future generations through language. A prayer and a promise.

It's goal is to send a message to generations passed and generations to come in the Oneida language, which is endangered by settler-colonial violence. The piece features two voices, the English voice which is static and unmoving, and the Oneida voice, which moves in a counter-clockwise motion, representative of traditional Haudenosaunee dance practices. When Sky Woman, our great-grandmother, danced on the great turtle's back, she did so in a counter-clockwise motion, and so the Haudenosaunee people do so to honour her.

Haudenosaunee people understand our responsibility to the land that gave birth to us, and so this piece is an address to not only the generations that have long since returned to the land, but those who are set to inherit this land. Across Turtle Island, Indigenous people are fighting to protect their ways and the land, and this poem is a message, a promise, to the next seven generations that we will not stop fighting on behalf of the land and the water and the non-human beings.” - John Hill
II. Pointing At Canopus by Arif Mirbaghi
"The tortoise, you know, carries his house on his back. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot leave home." - The Anv?r-i Suhayl? or Lights of Canopus

Pointing At Canopus is a meditation on the nature of home, not in the brick-and-mortar sense, but the broader idea: a place of rest. Children of immigrants often separately compartmentalize these ideas. Home is a place we live but heritage is a space we occupy. There is a daily pivot between the cadences of interaction with our family and those of our friends or co-workers. Inevitably the lines blur, and as individuals we find ourselves on different points along a gradient.

Coming to Iran reversed this pivot for me. The language of my home life suddenly spilled out in the streets, flooded my conversations, my day to day. For the first time I was utilizing Farsi beyond the comfort of my family home— I became a Farsi speaker.

At the same time, English became a place of thoughtful saudade. I would be lulled to sleep by audiobooks. The meter and ornamentation of the language felt familiar but distant like a kind of reverb— I became an English listener.

Pointing At Canopus explores the waxing and waning of home and heritage. I hope to evoke in listeners a sense of transit. A feeling neither here nor there. The idea that home is the pivot, not the point. Sounds of moving vehicles. Extra-lingual umms & ahhs while a speaker connects sentences. 'Here' is a space, but 'there' is a mythology, a fable. We orbit our fables like atoms around a nucleus. Wherever we go, there we are again.

Pointing At Canopus was composed by Arif Mirbaghi and edited by Michelle Macklem and Jess Shane. It was made with the voices of over a dozen friends. Special thanks to Michael Eckert for his pedal steel improvisation and Parva Karkhaneh for her patient guidance.
III. I don't think it's my place by Sophia Steinert-Evoy
: an interpersonal, theoretical, and material exploration of climate change and complicity

This piece was produced by Sophia Steinert-Evoy with original boops by William Smith and help and trust from her anonymous friend, and editorial support from Jess Shane and Michelle Macklem.

"Energy usage and sound are two omnipresent components of our daily life. We're constantly trying to weigh our own wants and complicities against individual sacrifices and the perceived "difference" our actions can make. In this piece I wanted to capture an interpersonal interaction about climate and personal responsibility, so I spoke with a friend who works in the oil and gas industry. I found he has many of the same moral quandaries as those of us who consider ourselves to be less directly implicated in the production of fossil fuels, which brought up questions of personal responsibility. I captured sounds of latent energy usage in my daily life: the stove, the laundry machine, a lawnmower, my car, the garage door, the shower to highlight how integrated energy usage and thus destruction is. - Sophia Steinert-Evoy
IV. The Mystery Box by Nicole Pingon
This is a new work with notes to be released at a later date.