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A Gathering of Canadian Sound Art
co-presented with IMAA
November 10, 2016, 8:00 pm
Music Gallery, 197 John St, Toronto, ON
General $15, Students $10, Participants in Sound Art Caucus meetings and Music Gallery members will be admitted at student rate
A performance of sound art work by Amanda Dawn Christie from Moncton and Nico Arnáez and Shawn Pinchbeck from Edmonton. The performance is co-presented by NAISA and IMAA (Independent Media Arts Alliance ) and is part of a nation-wide caucus meeting of sound artists and sound art presenters (Nov 10-11 at Canadian Music Centre) to discuss the state of sound art and to develop strategies for future growth and sustainability.


I. Pathways by Shawn Pinchbeck
Pathways is an improvised sound performance that will explore a theme of pathways, travel, to and from, choices and the journey. Using a his self-recorded library of sounds and a gestural controller, Shawn will sound surf a piece that crosses genres of sound art going from electroacoustics, noise, ambient music and scounscapes.
II. Three improvisations with "Trio a la Distancia" [Distant Trio] by Nico Arnáez
Trio alla distancia is a non-real time trio based in Argentina and Canada. While gathering together for a session of open improvisation in late August 2016 in Mendoza, Jorge Hernaez (double bass), David Bajda (guitar), and Nicolás Arnáez (live electronics) decided to keep performing altogether, since the cities were they reside are separated by more than 13,000 Kilometers they choose to involve themselves into a timeless improvisatory music connection, where the double bass and guitar duo recorded improvised sonic interactions in Argentina, and the live electronics are added later on a concert situation elsewhere in the world… or vice versa.

The pieces being performed are entitled Cuarenta Días Diferido I [Forty days delayed I], Cuarenta Días Diferido II [Forty days delayed II], and 226 Horas de Latencia [226 hours latency].
III. Requiem for Radio: Pulse Decay by Amanda Dawn Christie
Requiem for Radio: Pulse Decay, is the first in a suite of works mourning the loss of the RCI shortwave site that stood in Sackville, NB from 1944-2014. Audio triggered by a Theremin is sourced from contact microphone recordings that were made of each tower when they were still standing. The Theremin is used to play the ghosts of the radio towers.
Generating Electro
Co-Presented with Alliance Française
By Martin Messier and Myriam Bleau
November 11, 2016, 8:00 pm
Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON
General $15, Students $10, Free for 18 or under. Sound Art Caucus Participants admitted at student rate.
This performance, co-presented with Alliance Française, will feature two Quebecois media artists. Martin Messier’s “Field” captures imperceptible electrical signals that become performance generators while the music in Myriam Bleau’s “Soft Revolvers” is generated by the motion of spinning tops.


I. FIELD by Martin Messier
With this project FIELD, Martin Messier assumes that it is possible to create sounds using electromagnetic fields of our environment. These residual and imperceptible electric signals are picked with electromagnetic transducer microphones, and become generators of the performance. On stage, he plays with two connections patches that offer many possibilities to connect many outputs to many inputs. By a continuous movement of plugging and unplugging, Messier interacts with them, thus noise and light composition emerges. With FIELD, Messier makes material this flow of power otherwise inaudible and invisible.

Martin Messier concept, audiovisual composition, programming and performance • Interface Thomas Payette • Nathanaël Lécaudé Electronics • Technical design Thomas Payette, Maxime Bouchard, Frédérique Folly • Production 14 lieux • Support Canada Council for the Art for their support.
II. Soft Revolvers by Myriam Bleau
Soft Revolvers is an audiovisual performance for 4 spinning tops built with clear acrylic by the artist. Each top is associated with an ‘instrument’ in an electronic music composition and the motion data collected by sensors – placed inside the tops – informs musical algorithms. With their large circular spinning bodies and their role as music playing devices, the interfaces strongly evoke turntables and DJ culture, hip hop and dance music. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the body of the objects in a precise counterpoint to the music, creating stunning spinning halos. Soft Revolvers received a Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in 2015.
Martin Messier Exploring the relationship between sound and material (objects or bodies), Martin Messier takes an interest in staging sound works. His work gives voice to everyday objects, invented machines and bodies in movement. At the heart of his performances and installation works is the idea of pushing the everyday imaginary a little further by reinventing the function of the objects. At the center of his choreographic works, there is a desire to reverse the hierarchical relation usually tied between music and choreography so that sound becomes the driving force of movements.Presented in many countries, Messier's works have won several nominations and awards (Prix Ars Electronica 2010, Prix Opus 2012, Best short experimental film award at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival 2013, Victor-Martyn-Lynch-Staunton Award 2013).
Myriam Bleau Montreal native Myriam Bleau is a composer, multimedia artist and performer who creates mesmerizing audiovisual systems that transcend the screen. Taking the shape of sound installations and performance specific musical interfaces, her works explore the limits between musical performance and digital arts, and are infused with a hybrid practice that integrates hip hop, techno and the more experimental fringe of electronic composition.
Sitting Under a Highway
Co-presented with Electric Perfume
By Hector Centeno
November 19, 2016, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Nov 19-20 and 22-26, 1 to 5 pm
Electric Perfume, 805 Danforth Ave, Toronto - http://electricperfume.com/
Sitting under a highway is part of a research-creation project and is presented as an interactive audiovisual virtual and presential space. Visitors will experience photo-realistic 3D visuals and spatial audio that are the product of an artistic practice centered on the attentive aesthetic exploration of a physical place. The VR space that the user inhabits is activated through the combined measurement of concentration and relaxation via an EEG reader. A hand tracker allows the user to also physically interact in space. Through mindfulness we engage with the environment, in the hope that art created with such processes can contribute to a better understanding of the disconnect that exists between post-modern society and our inhabited places. Awarded Best Creative Work, Best Thesis Document and Outstanding Thesis Research, Digital Futures Graduate Program, OCAD University. Read more about this work at http://sitting.hcenteno.net/
Hector Centeno Hector Centeno is a digital media artist, interactivity designer and creative software developer with nearly two decades of experience as an independent and collaborating artist, sound designer, interactive media programmer and media art technician. His focus is on immersive sound, visuals and interactivity that seeks to engage the audience into a self reflection of existence, place and reality. Among his activities are included presentation of his individual multi-channel sound art works, installation collaborative work and live sound and video improvisation performances in Canada, Ireland, UK, Colombia and Uruguay. As a software developer he has created spatial audio mobile applications, video game mechanics and simulation systems, hardware sensors and micro-controller systems. He has also leaded workshops on electronics and sound design for artists and worked as technical director at New Adventures in Sound Art in Toronto. He also currently works at OCAD University as technical lead for an augmented reality research project and teaches at George Brown College.
Games In Sound, a Performance
Co-presented with Electric Perfume
November 25, 2016, 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Electric Perfume, 805 Danforth Ave, Toronto - http://electricperfume.com/
General $20, $30 for two day pass
Game creation like most media arts is a trans-disciplinary practice. This performance will cross many artistic and stylistic boundaries to reveal the many overlaps with other art forms and genres. Performing will be Dispersion Lab, Luis Hernandez and Andrew Shenkman. This performance is part of a weekend-long Soundhackers meetup that also includes artist panels in the afternoon of Saturday November 26 - http://naisa.ca/festivals/soundplayseries/workshops-artist-talks/
Performances are co-curated for this meetup event with Daniele Hopkins of Electric Perfume.

To Register go to: https://naisa.ca/education/register/

I. Myo Improv by Dispersion Lab
Doug Van Nort, the Canada Research Chair at York University and distinguished electroacoustic sound artist, as started the Dispersion Lab, which is a studio and a live ensemble comprised of graduate and undergraduate students as well as artists from the local community. They explore telematic performance, improvisation, laptop performance and gestural conducting in among their prolific artistic activities. Include in this performance are Ian Jarvis and Michael Palumbo.
II. EngineBaroque by Luis Hernandez
EngineBaroque is a live electro-acoustic performance. Luis controls a custom-made 3d environment --a digital extrapolation of Kurt Schwitter's Merzbau, imbued with locative sounds. As he navigates this artificial architecture, he samples sounds in the environment, manipulating them in real-time with tape machines and samplers, creating a live electro-acoustic space located somewhere between the physical and digital world.
III. Hypergame by Andrew Shenkman
Prepare your body for the game-story-musical event of a lifetime! Inspired by tabletop RPGs, improv comedy and rock & roll, Hypergame Storytime: The Musical invites the audience to take their rightful place as the star of an intergalactic, time travelling, life afirming odyssey about the power of the human spirit and butts probably, whatever, just trust us. What is it? What isn’t it! It’s all your favourite activities and interests smushed together with healthy dose of awkwardness, imagination and friendship.