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Upcoming Installations

By Barry Prophet
Open 24/7 July to October
Between the pier and the boardwalk on Centre Island
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, Christine Charette and Darren Copeland
July 29, 2016 to July 31, 2016
10 am - 5 pm
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 presented by NAISA by Yves Daoust, BARFFF and Christine Charette.
Darren Copeland has been active as a sound artist since 1985 and is the founding Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art. Copeland's sound art practice focuses on multichannel spatialization for live performance, fixed media composition, soundscape, radio art and sound installation. He studied electroacoustic composition under Barry Truax at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Jonty Harrison at University of Birmingham. Copeland incorporates both abstract and referential sound materials in his fixed media compositions, and many of these works are published on the empreintes DIGITALes label. His radio art works engage in the associative qualities of environmental sounds in relation to spoken text and have been commissioned for public radio across Europe and North America. His sound installations include gallery and site-specific works which examine the relationship of sound and place.
‘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
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.