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SOUNDplay Series


New Adventures in Sound Art is pleased to launch the 16th edition of the SOUNDplay Festival, September 22 to November 26, 2017. SOUNDplay is a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media, encouraging new avenues for exploration. SOUNDplay 2017 features an interactive installation by James Kirkpatrick, works Myriam Boucher and Hyperboreal (Dermot Wilson and Jason Brock) and workshops and concert of works by visiting UK/Norway artist Natasha Barrett.

“As artists have access to a broader range of tools that allow them to incorporate multiple disciplines and multi-sensory experiences, the question becomes not which discipline these artists work within but rather how they integrate various elements from multiple disciplines into their works. With this year’s edition of SOUNDplay, the presentations feature artists integrating both visual and sound practices into a cohesive and personal artistic language.” – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.


Imagined Movement
By Natasha Barrett
October 28, 2017, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $10
Natasha Barrett, visiting NAISA from Norway, presents a performance of her recent works. Barrett has won numerous international prizes for her compelling and evocative works and also for her highly naunced approach to 3-D spatial design using Ambisonics.

NAISA is grateful for the assistance of the Akousma festival in Montreal and the Office for Contemporary Arts of Norway in making this presentation possible.

Tickets here: https://naisa.ca/purchase-tickets/
Natasha Barrett 's works span concert composition through to sound-art, large sound-architectural installations, collaboration with experimental designers and scientists, acousmatic performance interpretation and more recently live electroacoustic improvisation. Barrett is inspired by acousmatic sound and the aural images it can evoke, particularly in terms of the evocative implications of space and the projection of 3-D sound-fields. Over the past 20 years she has been a specialist in the creative application of very high-order ambisonics and precision spatio-musical forms. Her composition has received numerous recognitions, most notably the Giga-Hertz-Preis (Karlsruhe, Germany, 2008), Nordic Council Music Prize (Scandinavia, 2006), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France, 1995, ’98, 2001, ’06), Edvard Prize (Norway, 2004), Noroit-Léonce Petitot (Arras, France, 1998, 2002), 9th IREM (2002), Musica Nova (Prague, Czech Republic, 2001), Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo (CIMESP ’01, Brazil), Concours SCRIME (France, 2000), Festival Internacional de Nuevas Tecnologías, Arte y Comunicación Ciber@RT (Ciber@RT International Festival of New Technologies, Art and Communicaton) (Spain, 2000), Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 1998), and Luigi Russolo Competition (Italy, 1995, ’98). Her work is available on numerous recording labels, including Albedo, Aurora, Centaur, Elektron, empreintes DIGITALes, Euridice, Mnémosyne Musique Média, and +3dB.
imagineNATIVE 2017: Receptors
October 20, 2017, 3:45 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2, 350 King Street West, Toronto
General $6, Students FREE
NAISA is proud to be a presenting partner for the screening program Receptors at the 2017 edition of the ImagineNATIVE Festival. The program includes films made by or with contributions from artists that have been presented by NAISA in the past such as Casey Koyczan and Caroline Monnet.

Tickets here: http://www.imaginenative.org/2017-in18-buy-tickets/

I. Tsanizid by Beric Manywounds
Tsanizid is a short dance film about a Two Spirit transformation journey by Tsuut’ina Dene Director/Performer/Storyteller Beric Manywounds.
II. Thirza Cuthand Is an Indian within the Meaning of the Indian Act by Thirza Jean Cuthand
A Light Skinned Cree woman, Cuthand contemplates her interactions with racism, and the threat of rejection from other Indigenous people.
III. Ndns on the Airwaves by Jackson 2Bears
NDNs on the Airwaves follows one Indigenous broadcasters journey back home through the airwaves where she finds her own voice and that of her people are doing more than just playing songs and sharing announcements. This documentary is shot in a video mash-up style with a dynamic soundtrack using poetry, soundscapes and voice to make a new genre of documentary storytelling.
IV. ÔTÊNAW by Conor McNally
ôtênaw is a film documenting the oral storytelling of dwayne donald, an educator from edmonton alberta, canada. drawing from nêhiyawak philosophies, he speaks about the multilayered histories of indigneous peoples' presence both within and around amiskwacîwâskahikan, or what has come to be known as the city of edmonton.
V. Uktena and Thunder by Joseph Erb
Long ago, two boys feed a small starving snake. It grows up to a large Uktena that fights Thunder.
VI. A Prayer for the Lost by Natasha Francis
A spirit of a young woman and a Spirit of child speaking from the spirit world about their demise. Their confused and want nothing more than to be with their families again.
VII. In Moment by Samay Arcentales Cajas
"In Moment" is an experimental narrative exploring a juncture in a time where people from different histories and walks of life receive a message from the Four Directions to come together as one. Through unity they are to overcome injustice, violence, and bring peace and well being across these lands.
VIII. North of South / Norte del Sur by Alejandro Valbuena, Casey Koyczan & Francisco Huichaqueo
North of South is the visual and sonic reflections of a group of Indigenous artists coming together from Chile, Northwest Territories, Six Nations, Mexico and Colombia to blend their creative perspectives as they initiate and forge a relationship with South American territories of Palomino Colombia during a three-week collaborative exchange titled Territ(aur)ial Imprints during May and June 2017.
IX. Creatura DADA by Caroline Monnet
Six powerful native women gather up to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.
The Sound Mods of James Kirkpatrick
By James Kirkpatrick
September 22, 2017 to November 26, 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Thurs, Sat, Sun; 10:00 to 19:30 Fri
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
This exhibition of work by graffiti, hip hop and multi-media artist James Kirkpatrick from London, Ontario features his interactive sound sculptures. Mila Petkovic in Metro wrote “Kirkpatrick’s bright and highly detailed work takes its inspiration from science fiction, cartoons and the secret worlds of video games.” Kirkpatrick's sound sculptures are created by circuit-bending, or re-purposing, consumer electronics toys as well as by transforming their visual appearance with his playful and colourful style. These sculptures invite group play and collaboration to create beats, melodies and scratchy textures out of discarded electronic toys.

Featured in the show are his Brain sound sculptures, a piece called “None Hop Blue”, a new variation on his sound towers and a collection of circuit bent electronics to jam with as well. Also, don't miss opening night artist talk and demonstration by James Kirkpatrick on September 22 as well as his September 23 circuit-bending and vocals hip hop performance under the moniker Thesis Sahib.
James Kirkpatrick from London, Ontario is a dynamic multi-media artist. He is known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as the avant-garde hip-hop artist Thesis Sahib. He is also active in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. His artwork has been shown extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. In recent years, his work has incorporated sculptural, kinetic and auditory elements. By combining his 2D aesthetic with custom-built circuit-bent electronics, Kirkpatrick creates hand-held sculptures that function as both musical instruments and experimental sound machines. The sculptures are extensions of Kirkpatrick’s drawing and painting practice and are also used in his collaborations and live performances.
Soundhackers Intensive Workshop with Natasha Barrett
Oct 27-29 – 19:30 to 21:00 on Friday; 9:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 on Sat; and 10:00 to 12:00 on Sunday
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
General $100, An additional $100 includes 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Warbler's Roost
Join visiting artist Natasha Barrett and learn very specialized techniques for recording and producing Ambisonic soundscapes. Ambisonics is a technique for creating 3-d impressions of auditory space with a high degree of detail that is not always possible with other techniques and is beginning to find its way in game audio design.

The intensive will begin with recording the soundscape at Warbler's Roost just after dawn. After a potluck lunch the workshop will move to NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River to learn techniques for monitoring, editing and rendering Ambisonic recordings. On Saturday night there will be a performance by Natasha Barrett using many of the techniques taught during the workshop. On Sunday morning the workshop will conclude with Darren Copeland facilitating any finalization of participants’ works carried out during the workshop.

For the Saturday morning, participants are advised to dress warmly in the event of cool temperatures, and if possible, bring any outer clothing that is bright orange or yellow. There is some recording and computer equipment available but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment.

Register here: https://naisa.ca/education/register/
Arts Meetup
September 22, 2017 to November 24, 2017
Fridays (starting Sep 22) @ 18:00 to 19:30
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Join us every Friday night for a chance listen to artist talks from our guest speakers or participate in an open sound art jam. Each week offers something different.
Exhibition Opening Artist Talk: Bending genres and styles in music and sculpture
September 22, 2017, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
James Kirkpatrick will start off our weekly Arts Meetup by introducing you to the interactive sculptures on exhibit at NAISA beginning September 22, 2017. He will contextualize them in relation to his multi-disciplinary art practice that includes graffiti art, hip hop music, drawing, painting and sculpture.
Artist Talk with Natasha Barrett
October 27, 2017, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
NAISA's new Arts Meetup will overlap on this day with the Soundhackers Intensive. Our guest speaker will be Natasha Barrett. Here is a description of what she plans to present:

'Space' as an aspect of musical structure has influenced my composition for almost 25 years, permeating my approach to the creation of sound installations, acousmatic composition and live performance. The role of ambisonics technologies has become particularly important and in this presentation I will explain some of the ways in which I work with both higher-order synthesised sound-fields and lower-order sound-field recordings.

I will expand on how I attempt to derive spatial-musical structures from real-world environments and from the spatial behaviour of real-world objects. With sound examples I will attempt to show how spatial structures become inseparable from the development of other aspects of the sound material, and how we may connect concepts of point, image and immersion along a continuum of transformations.
- Natasha Barrett