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New Adventures in Sound Art

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit media arts organization that operates the fully accessible NAISA North Media Arts Centre and Café at 313 Highway 124 in South River, Ontario, Canada. Arts presentation with a focus on sound and listening are the basis of its year-round exhibitions, online broadcasts and performances.

New Adventures in Sound Art is located in the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki peoples covered by the Williams Treaty (1923) and Robinson-Huron Treaty (1850). New Adventures in Sound Art recognizes the significant ongoing contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples to aural culture in Canada.

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The objectives of NAISA are to foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression. This objective is achieved through the exploration of new sound technologies in conjunction with the creation of cultural events and artifacts.

NAISA’s annual events include the Deep Wireless festival of Radio & Transmission Art, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, the SOUNDplay festival and Springscapes.  These events each have their individual artistic focal points while collectively they provide a comprehensive 12 month overview of experimental sound-based media art in Canada and beyond.

NAISA is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Heritage as well as contributions from its supporters. Click Here to make your contribution.

Upcoming Events

Sixteen Chimes
By Alexandre Klinke
June 20 to September 23, 2024. Open 10 am to 4 pm Thursday to Monday.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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Sixteen Chimes employs aspects of generative art and sound spatialization, using individual chimes that can be manipulated by the audience, without the use of computers or audio speakers. The ever-changing musical piece creates an immersive sonic environment, where the public can observe different aspects that affect one’s listening experience.
World Listening Day Performance
By Christine Charette and Shawn Pinchbeck
July 18, 2024, 7:00 pm
In-person at Warbler's Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River, Ontario.
$12 - Click Here for Advanced Tickets

Every year NAISA joins a global community that celebrates World Listening Day which occurs on the birthday of the late Canadian composer, educator and writer R. Murray Schafer. This year’s celebration will include an Ambisonic soundscape work by Edmonton sound and new media artist Shawn Pinchbeck as well as a site-specific performance by Sundridge multi-disciplinary artist Christine Charette. The event begins with a SOUNDwalk through the lakeside forests on the Warbler’s Roost property led by NAISA Executive Director Nadene Thériault-Copeland.
Borderline (Almaguin Highlands): Collective counter mapping through sonic geographies
By Jessica Thompson
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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Borderline is a critical mapmaking project that uses sound to illuminate social and economic differences in local geographies. Visitors to NAISA are invited to contribute to a large-scale soundmap of the Almaguin Highlands.
The Sensation of Distribution
By Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario

Connecting the exploration of acoustic pipe resonance with a more domestic vernacular, this outdoor interactive installation is mounted to impersonate building furnace vents and pipe work erupting from the ground. The Sensation of Distribution re-invites visitors to explore the unnoticed or imminent sonic and aesthetic potential of our built environment.
Probes by Chris Cutler on NAISA Radio
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At 6 pm (UTC-4) from April 1 to July 8, NAISA will be broadcasting Chris Cutler’s informative series Probes. In this series he provides an alternative understanding of the mechanisms of musical development over the last 140 years, a period of successive waves of experimentation. Probes comes to NAISA Radio courtesy of Radio Web MACBA where you can listen to the series as a podcast.
Music, or Noise? by Bepi Crespan on NAISA Radio
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Listen to NAISA Radio on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 10 pm (UTC-4) to Music, or Noise? a show mixed and curated by Bepi Crespan that provides a two hour snapshot of the latest in experimental composition, field recordings, and sound exploration.
The Moderns by Kevin Press on NAISA Radio
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Monday to Friday from 8 to 11 pm (UTC-4) NAISA Radio will be airing episodes from The Moderns – Contemporary music from everywhere with host Kevin Press. Electronic music, sound art, new classical, free jazz and more. The program’s emphasis is on new releases and artist interviews. Presented courtesy of Radio Regent and themoderns.blog.
Afternoon Jam Sessions on The Decomposing Piano
Every Sunday between July 9 and August 25 at 2 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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An interesting way to learn about improvisation is to play an instrument that is always changing. The Decomposing Piano has been transforming outdoors since December 2022 and in the process continues to reveal new sound colours and tunings by the day and sometimes even by the hour. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to join NAISA Executive Director Nadene Thériault-Copeland in the discovery process.