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Synthecycletron
Open 24/7 July - Oct
By Barry Prophet
Open 24/7 July to October
Between the pier and the boardwalk on Centre Island
FREE
Synthecycletron was commissioned in 2006 by New Adventures in Sound Art and has been a Toronto Island favourite amongst Toronto cyclists and visitors ever since. It 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.
Site Specific Installations at Warbler’s Roost
By Yves Daoust, BARFFF Enterprises, Christine Charette and Darren Copeland
July 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016
Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm; Sunday noon-4pm
Warbler’s Roost located in the forest behind the Inn, 3785D Eagle Lake Rd, South River, ON
General $PWYC
Darren Copeland's new installation Hidden Sounds will be included on the Artscape Studio Tour organized by the Almaguin Highlands Arts Council. Enjoy a northern summer visit to Warbler’s Roost and also experience outdoor sound installations curated by NAISA that includes works by Yves Daoust, BARFFF Enterprises and Christine Charette.

Program:
I. Home by Christine Charette
Christine Charette’s sound art installation “Home” wanders through forest metaphors inspired by “women’s work” in sight and sound. In scope are the co-existence of the object and the domestic, the parallels of mending in the home and in the environment, and what that can look and sound like. Charette’s installation is meant to unwind you and hopefully carry you to places that move you in your own relationship to what “Home” has meant or can mean to you.
II. Empreintes by Yves Daoust
Sponsored by the the René Derouin Foundation, for the International Symposium of Art in Situ, Val-David, Québec

The work is a long loop of about 36 minutes, the end merging perfectly with the beginning, without any interruption. The structure makes it very difficult, even in extended listening, to perceive repetition, all the sound elements being repeated two or three times, but in different contexts and vertical organizations.
The sound materials are in immediate relationship with the environment: wood (beaten, broken, rubbed), leaves, the wind whistling, rain, rocks, some real sounds of animals (frogs, birds), and naturalists electronic sounds evoking the forest bestiary .

I worked according to my usual way: classification of sounds by typo-morphological categories, but especially expressive energies and potentialities. The srtucture consists of a juxtaposition of moments in which, for each of them, a specific material is in forefront.

The eight speakers are above the heads of listeners. The spatial distribution of sounds is done according to the following principles:
1) a specific category of sounds invading all the space;
2) opposition of the different materials, spreaded in different area of the diffusion system, circular movements, echoes…

In compliance with the natural environment in which the installation takes place,  I mainly used the medium and high registers, and levels were adjusted so that the dissemination area is restricted. Some bass sounds, evoking menace of nature, appear sometimes.
III. WR - NETTT – wilderness and technology by BARFFF Enterprises
Readings from the local environment using a triangle mesh interface. Visitors will have a chance to record a simple composition which will serve as a document of the combined living presence of the environment, the participants, and myself. Some of the results will be presented as animations on my website (www.BARFFF.com/wr-nettt-technology-and-wilderness/). This is part of a continuing investigation into the human psyche – consciousness, using artwork as the medium. The forest provides networks rich beyond comprehension. The tools of scientific computing offer an opportunity to discern some of the information, messages, and forms that are carried along them.
IV. Hidden Sounds by Darren Copeland
This is the second part of Hidden Sounds, a series of installations that uncover sounds not audible to the human ear. The series uses unconventional methods for capturing ultrasound, material-born sound, and electromagetic radio waves. This second part focuses on the latter, capturing the natural radio waves that encircle the earth's ionosphere. Thanks to Dan Tapper for his assistance and guidance in the construction of the VLF receiver and antenna. Hidden Sounds is supported by the Ontario Arts Council's Northern Arts program. This presentation coincides with the Almaguin Arts Council’s 2016 Studio Tour.
‘Birth and Death Frequencies’ from A Time to Hear for Here (2007)
Co-presented with the Canadian Music Centre
By John Oswald
August 8, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Mon to Thurs, 9 AM to 5 PM & Fri, 9 AM to 1 PM
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON
FREE
The Birth and Death Frequencies is a component from John Oswald's site-specific sound installation for the Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum. Using the high frequency characteristics of directional speakers this component from the expansive reflection on time, space and Canadian identity gave the illusion of sounds whispering into the ear of the visitor. Although magical and mysterious, it was also rarely heard as it was situated in a remote part of the Crystal. For the month of August, the Birth and Death Frequencies will be heard anew where they will receive special focus in the composer’s lounge of the Canadian Music Centre.