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Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

In a world that often focuses too much on the visual, Sound Travels brings about a refreshing change as it presents works by sound artists that extract compelling musicality and wordless dramas from everyday sounds often taken for granted. From this lush auditory experience, audiences author their own imaginary world in their mind’s eye – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

The annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art includes interactive installations, performances, Youth Sound Art Workshops, the Sound Travels Intensive and the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium.

 

Listening for New Ground
World Listening Day Performance by Wendalyn Bartley
July 15, 2017, 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON
General $10
This performance in celebration of World Listening Day features the Premiere of Bartley's soundscape work A Forest Oracle, developed during a residency at Warbler's Roost. Bartley will also lead audiences in a sound walk followed by a participatory performance of Pauline Oliveros’ sonic meditation "Environmental Dialogue." World Listening Day is a world-wide initiative led by the World Listening Project to promote awareness and education on the soundscape. This year’s activities honour the work of Pauline Oliveros with the theme "Listening to the Ground". The performance follows a 1 PM workshop by Bartley called Listening for New Ground.
Nova Concert
August 8, 2017, 8:00 pm
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
A performance of new works by Allison Cameron, Bekah Ann Simms, and Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh are presented as part of the Turbulent Forms exhibition. These works will be developed through a workshop with Dan Tapper and will be presented alongside a program of Tapper's work and the unveiling of his installation Nova, which maps the histories of supernova events through light and sound.
Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium Concerts
August 9, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Aug 9 & 10 @ 7:30 PM Aug 10, 11 & 12 @ 3:30 PM
Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity Street, #315, Toronto (Case Goods Building, Distillery District)
General $15, Students $10, or free with TIES registration
This series of TIES concerts include works chosen by an international jury of electroacoustic practitioners, which provide a snapshot of the latest research and exploration in sound art happening around the world.
Sound Travels Concert: Object Response
Performances by Sonia Paço-Rocchia and Alan Bloor
August 11, 2017, 7:30 pm
Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity Street, #315, Toronto (Case Goods Building, Distillery District), Toronto
General $15, Students $10, or free with TIES registration!
This Sound Travels concert curated by NAISA includes artists that use saw blades and other carpentry tools as source material for sound exploration and automation. Québec improvisor and sound artist Sonia Paço-Rocchia creates sound automatons using saw blades and live electronics. Toronto sound artist Alan Bloor has been grinding wheels for ambient and industrial noise for many years and this performance features both his projects “Pholde” and "Knurl."
Sound Travels Concert: Time Response
Performance by Chantal Dumas, Stijn Demeulenaere, and Bran Connolly
August 12, 2017, 7:30 pm
Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity Street, #315, Toronto (Case Goods Building, Distillery District), Toronto
General $15, Students $10, or free with TIES registration!
Time is fundamental to perceiving sound. This Sound Travels concert curated by NAISA explores time in very different ways. Chantal Dumas will premiere a new work that evolves from her “86400 seconds” project which compresses the passage of time on a global scale into a thirty minute fixed media work. Stijn Demeulenaere’s video work "Nothing's going to happen to us..." examines the reconstruction of a single event in time – an armed conflict - told by the person who experienced it first hand. And Brian Connally’s work "Track" explores time at the micro level to produce acoustic beating effects and other psychoacoustic phenomena.
Complex Interactions Exhibition
Interactive installations by David Rokeby and St. Pierre-Gauthier
June 29, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Thursday to Monday 10 am - 4 pm.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON
General $PWYC
Complex Interactions is an exhibit that features interactive installations that use movement by participants to create a complex series of responses. David Rokeby's Very Nervous System is an internationally regarded interactive artwork that creates a complex and resonant relationship between the movement of the participant and the sounds generated by the computer, while St. Pierre-Gauthier's P(n,r) = n!/(n-r)! provides a portable station for participants to remix their sound art improvisations into new compositions.
Synthecycletron by Barry Prophet - 10th Anniversary!
Summer through fall, 2017.
Between the pier and the boardwalk on Centre Island, Toronto Island
FREE
Synthecycletron is an interactive installation where the public generates power by pedalling on stationary bicycles which in turn activate synthesizers and generate sounds connected to the pedalling movement.

Opening date is pending the re-opening of Toronto Island.
Turbulent Forms and Nova
co-presented by the Canadian Music Centre and NAISA
By Dan Tapper
August 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 for Turbulent Forms; August 8 to 18, 2017 for Nova. Mon to Thurs, 9 AM to 5 PM & Fri, 9 AM to 1 PM
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
FREE
Turbulent Forms and Nova are two exhibitions of new work by artist and composer Dan Tapper, exploring the universe through chaos and cosmology. The works exhibited are inspired and derived from physical data gathered by space organizations and physicists as well as using thought experiments, illustrative techniques and imagination to create parallels and appreciation of complex, abstract and theorized concepts. Turbulent Forms is funded by Arts Council England and the British Council.
NAISA Sound Art Drop In for children
http://naisa.ca/education/junior/
June 29, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Thursdays to Mondays, 10am-4pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON
PWYC (Pay-What-You-Can)
Join us this summer from June 29 to September 4 at the NAISA North where children big and small can become sound art performers and active listeners both through learning how to craft and shape a performance and through learning how to better understand our everyday sound environments through listening exercises. Come by and let your children test the programme out for themselves.
Listening for New Ground
World Listening Day Workshop with Wendalyn Bartley
July 15, 2017, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON
General $25
In her World Listening Day workshop entitled “Listening for New Ground," Wendalyn Bartley uses simple vocal techniques to guide participants though an exploration of how to deepen their relationship and communication with nature through sound making with the voice. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activities. Wendalyn Bartley’s soundscape work "A Forest Oracle" will be featured in the 8 PM concert later in the evening. World Listening Day is a world-wide initiative led by the World Listening Project to promote awareness and education on the soundscape. This year’s activities honour the work of Pauline Oliveros with the theme “Listening to the Ground."
Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art
www.soundtravels.ca
June 29, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Distillery District, Canadian Music Centre & on Toronto Island, Toronto, ON NAISA North Media Arts Centre, South River, ON
General $15, Students $10, Symposium/Performance Pass $70/$40

NAISA is pleased to present the 19th annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

The 19th annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art includes the interactive exhibit Complex Interactions at NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River as well as workshops and performances. Toronto events include Synthecycletron on Toronto Island, performances, installations and the annual Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES) at the Distillery District.

"Sound Travels brings together artists from many disciplines to explore the possibilities of sound as potential material for shaping and molding experiences, adding a transformative element that deepens and sharpens our attention to the world around us." – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.