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Sound Camp Soundscape Workshop Intensive
May 3 - 5, 2019
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River & Warbler's Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
$100 (or $200 with 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Warbler's Roost)

After the stillness of winter, springtime in the Almaguin Highlands awakens the ears to a suddenly active soundscape of birds, frogs and the drumming of the ruffed grouse. The first weekend of May at Warbler's Roost (22 KM west of South River) provides an exciting opportunity for nature-lovers, soundscape recordists and birders to enjoy the acoustic wonders of the spring season while learning about the art of soundscape recording.

Events include a soundscape concert with a new work by Andra McCartney, participation in a multi-microphone “dawn chorus” sound recording, and guidance on the discipline and art of soundwalking, listening more globally, as well as techniques for recording and editing natural soundscapes with NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland.

Practical Details:

- All levels of experience are welcome.
- Equipment available for those who require it. Those with recording equipment are welcome to bring their own.
- Dress for cold weather in evenings and early mornings as well as for some walking on muddy and wet surfaces.
- Accommodation available at Warbler's Roost includes two kitchens for guests to share. Breakfast, bedding and towels provided.


Friday May 3
7:00 to 9:00 pm - Soundscape Concert with Andra McCartney at NAISA North

Saturday May 4
9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Soundwalking and Soundscape Recording at Warbler's Roost
2:00 to 5:00 pm - Soundscape Editing and Mixing at NAISA North
7:30 to 9:00 pm - Show & Tell, bring along a soundscape recording or production you are working on and tell us about it

Sunday May 5
6:00 am to 7:00 am - Dawn Chorus Recording at Warbler's Roost
10:00 am to 1:00 pm - Multi-channel Soundscape Editing & Mixing at NAISA North

Advance Registration Required: https://naisa.ca/education/register/
Discovering Hidden Sounds, a sound art workshop intensive
By Gordon Monahan
October 4 - 6, 2019. Advanced Registration is due by September 20, 2019.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River & Warbler's Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
$150 (or $250 with 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Warbler's Roost)

This workshop intensive with Gordon Monahan will uncover unique sonic properties of the natural and built environment that would normally go unnoticed. It is also a rare opportunity to work side by side with Monahan, a Canadian sound and media artist that has created many seminal works since the late 70’s and is a recipient of the Governor General’s prize for Media Arts.

The presence of trees, empty space, autumn winds and the quiet ambience of a rural property outside South River, Ontario provide the context for this fall weekend intensive of workshops. Participants will use small motors and contact microphones to interact with space in a unique way - discovering hidden sounds from both built structures and natural elements in the environment. Learn how to make ‘balanced’ contact pickups using inexpensive materials, and how motors can be substituted for loudspeakers to reproduce audio.


Friday October 4 at NAISA North Media Arts Centre
7 to 8:30 pm - Exhibition Opening with Artist Talk

Saturday October 5 at Warbler’s Roost
10 am to 1 pm - Introduction and assembly of components
3 pm to 5 pm - On site experimentation and exploration by participants

Sunday October 6 at Warbler’s Roost
10 to 11:30 am - On site experimentation and exploration by participants
11:30 to 12:30 pm - Discussion and Wrap up

Practical Details

Participants should dress for the weather conditions which in the autumn can range from warm daytime temperatures to cool evening temperatures. Participants should bring their own food and beverages for lunch, dinner and snacks. Continental Breakfast will be provided for two days.

Location and Transportation

Warbler’s Roost is located at 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River, Ontario, Canada which is 22 km west of the village of South River. NAISA North Media Arts Centre is at 106 Ottawa Avenue which intersects with Highway 124 at the only stop light in South River.

Web Links

Gordon Monahan
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA)
Warbler’s Roost
Ontario Northland
Northern Airport