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Upcoming Installations

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.
‘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.
John Oswald is best known as the the creator of the music genre Plunderphonics, an appropriative form of recording studio creation which he began to develop in the late sixties. This has got him in trouble with, and also generated invitations from major record labels and musical icons. Meanwhile, in the ’90’s he began, with several commissions from the Kronos Quartet, to compose scores, in what he calls the Rascali Klepitoire, for classical musicians and orchestras, including b9 (2012-13), a half hour condensation of all Beethoven’s Symphonies. He also improvises on the saxophone in various settings, dances, and is a visual media artist and chronosopher, best known for the series Stillnessence. He’s a Canadian Governor General’s Media Artist Laureate. His multifaceted sonic clock, A Time To Hear For Here, is a permanent environment at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. In 2016 he’ll be in residence in California, and Umbria, presenting a concert in total darkness as part of 21C at Koerner Hall in Toronto, and, with Scott Thomson, filling Parc Fontaine in Montreal with performance.
Sound Spaghetti presented by NAISA as part of Intersection
By Elliott Fienberg
September 3, 2016, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Yonge Dundas Square, Toronto, ON
Sound Spaghetti was created to help younger audiences learn about the fundamentals of synthesis by encouraging free play. Using a tactile interface, users experiment by plugging in various waveforms and seeing how these combinations change the shape on the oscilloscope.

The system was created as a capstone project for OCAD University's Digital Futures program, where it was an audience favourite at the school's graduate showcase. It aims to be the first cardboard synthesizer which is open source and hackable.

Elliott Fienberg’s interests sit at the intersection between new media and sound art. Through his projects and initiatives, he aims to bring awareness to the importance of sound in our everyday lives.
As an artist with a vision for building community, Elliott organizes the Soundhackers Meetup, which assembles sound enthusiasts at venues such as Gamma Space and even the High Park Zoo.
Elliott Fienberg 's interests sit at the intersection between new media and sound art. Through his projects and initiatives, he aims to bring awareness to the importance of sound in our everyday lives. As an artist with a vision for building community, Elliott organizes the Soundhackers Meetup, which assembles sound enthusiasts at venues such as Gamma Space and even the High Park Zoo.
Silo Solos
presented by NAISA as part of in/future
By Wendalyn Bartley, Anne Bourne and and Lisa Conway
September 19, 2016 to September 25, 2016
tickets for in/future http://www.infuture.ca/register
Ontario Place, West Island
NAISA is proud to be part of in/future at Ontario Place. On this occasion NAISA will be launching its SOUNDplay series with Silo Solos, which is a site specific sound installation for one of the silos on the West Island of Ontario Place. The installation will feature multi-channel sound art pieces by Wende Bartley, Anne Bourne, and Lisa Conway that respond to the acoustics of the silo. in/future: a transformative art experience. It is a multidisciplinary arts and music festival presented by Art Spin in partnership with Small World Music.