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New Adventures in Sound Art


New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization, formerly based in Toronto but now in South River ON, that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. NAISA operates the NAISA North Media Arts Centre, located in the centre of the village of South River at 106 Ottawa Ave., a short distance from Algonquin Park, at the building formerly known as Renée’s Café and Bean There Café.

The NAISA North Media Arts Centre includes a large exhibition/performance space, a small café, and an artist residency space suitable for media art production/creation. The café offers fresh baked goodies by local baker Lois McLaren, homemade soup by Nadene Thériault-Copeland and serves Muskoka coffee by Muskoka Roastery Coffee Company.

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.

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.


Upcoming Events

Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art
June 25 to September 21, 2020. Open 11 am to 3 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

NAISA is proud to announce the 22nd annual edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. Featured this year are two outdoor sound installations, three online meetups for World Listening Day, two online concerts and the first edition of a Sound Travels compilation album for Soundcloud.
Constant Plancks
By Bentley Jarvis
July 30 to September 21, 2020. Open 11 am to 3 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
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This digital sound sculpture uses algorithmic composition techniques to create a musical response to traffic noise. The piece listens to the traffic, ponders for a while, then responds by playing an improvised passage through resonant structures. The pitches of the sounds are generated according to an algorithm based on multiples of Planck’s constant, the quantum of electromagnetic action that relates a photon’s energy to its frequency. The highly resonant structures that produce the electronic sounds are constructed from cedar planks and loudspeakers.

Recent Transformations
August 15 and September 11, 2020 at 7 pm.
Online Meeting Location issued after Advance Registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee.

Two online presentations of works from the Sound Travels online album with the composers and sound artists on hand to discuss their works with listeners.
Toward A Reciprocal Listening
By Tina Pearson
Download Listening Score and contribute soundscapes to Radio Aporee.

New Adventures in Sound Art hosted a series of online meetups for World Listening Day 2020 that encouraged reflection, facilitated soundscape recording and the sharing of perspectives on listening. The initiative was facilitated by Canadian composer-sound artist Tina Pearson who provided a text score to guide a reciprocal approach to listening and environmental sound collection. Soundscapes from participant’s home environments were recorded and uploaded for listening on Radio Aporee

More contributions are welcome. Just download the text score and upload your contribution to aporee. Afterwards, contact NAISA and your recording will be added to the project map and playlist.