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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

Helios 2024 by Dan Tapper
January 14 to April 1, 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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Helios 2024 is an interactive sound installation by Dan Tapper that celebrates the sun in its phase of solar maximum by capturing cosmic data and converting it into sound and images.
Ghosts of the Ether
Deep Wireless Hybrid Concert #1
February 24, 2024, 1:00 pm
Online via registration. In-person at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario.
General $12, Click Here to Register
The pieces on this concert conjure mysterious presences out of the ether - everything from pulsars to numbered stations to cultural ghosts of the past. Included are Radio Art works from the Deep Wireless 18 Compilation by Cláudio de Pina, Bekah Simms, Rutmeat and Keith de Mendonca.
What is in the signal?
Deep Wireless Hybrid Concert #2
March 9, 2024, 7:00 pm
Online via registration. In-person at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario.
General $12, Click Here to Register

The pieces on this concert convey emotions and meaning through the ethereal world of electronic sound and electromagnetic energy. Included are Radio Art works from the Deep Wireless 18 Compilation shared on this concert from Martín Rodriguez, AJ Cornell, Kat Estacio & Dale Bazar.
Soundscape Weekend Intensive
Dawn / Dusk Reimagined

May 3 to 5, 2024
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
General $283, Advance Registration Required

The annual soundscape weekend intensive will focus on recording, editing and composing - individually and collaboratively - of soundscape compositions, or field recording works, that reimagine dusk and dawn from the springtime sonic environment at Warbler’s Roost. 
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.

Community Soundscapes
April 4 to June 10, 2024. Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
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Community Soundscapes surrounds one with the sounds of spring using a multi-channel speaker system and recordings made by residents in the local region. The spring season is a special time of the year in the Almaguin Highlands as the snow melts, the ice breaks up on the lakes and the arrival of insects and birds is loudly announced by the sounds made by peepers. The soundscape of the installation is updated weekly to reflect sounds of the most recent weeks. If you live in the Almaguin Highlands and wish to contribute to Community Soundscapes then please get in touch (naisa at nasia dot ca). Listen to a selection of the recordings by visiting Aporee.org
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