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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.
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