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NAISA is proud to announce the 20th anniversary edition of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art both online and at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. Featured this year is Story Trees by Don Hill, an installation on exhibit both online and at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre. Also included will be more online events, including the annual Art’s Birthday celebrations on January 17th, an audio presentation by Janet Rogers on February 6th, and a NAISA 20th Anniversary celebration on March 12th with James Bailey, Anna Friz and more.

We are proud to be celebrating NAISA’s 20th anniversary with the launch of the 20th edition of NAISA’s Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art which will initiate an extended celebration lasting over the course of a full year of programming.  The creative connection between listener and broadcast will be underscored throughout Deep Wireless with a complement of voices from the past and present — from direct creative participation to listeners mixing stories via their changing facial expressions — as well as from within Northern Ontario and from around the world.   As in the past, the Deep Wireless festival is an invitation to make radio creative and compelling.” – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.
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Digital Sound Recording for Beginners
By Darren Copeland
January 13, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission fee of $10.

In preparation for making Art’s Birthday realizations of Anne-F Jacques text score “Piece for objects found in the street”, NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will host two online meet up workshops to provide helpful guidance and feedback for those new to recording sounds with digital recorders and mobile phones. He will also show some strategies for covering the microphone with a coffee cup and other containers and what interesting acoustic results can be produced with this unconventional method. The workshops will be conducted online over the Whereby web-conferencing platform which uses an updated version of any computer web browser. Please have your recording device handy for the workshops.

Piece for objects found in the street
By Anne-F Jacques
January 17, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
Optional Admission fee of $10

NAISA invites you to celebrate the 1,000,0057th birthday of Art by making your own recorded interpretation of a new sound art text score by Anne-F Jacques. The score can be realized using a recording device (including a mobile phone) and a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud account). There will be an online workshop by NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland on January 6 and 13 at 7 pm EST to provide some guidance. Send a link of your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca by January 15 by 11:59 pm. Then join in at 7 pm EST on January 17, for a listening party to experience the realizations, including a version performed by Anne-F Jacques.

I. Piece for objects found in the street by Anne-F Jacques
These instructions suggest a way to perform and record an audio piece using found objects. You will need a recording device (digital recorder, phone, etc) and headphones. The completed piece can either be an audio or video file of 5 minutes maximum, and uploaded to a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud). Share the link to your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca. You can also decide to keep it as a private experiment.

1. Go for a walk. Look around for abandoned or unclaimed objects. You may consider getting yourself a coffee. Bring back:
- a disposable coffee cup
- a dense heavy object
- a long, thin object
- another object of any shape or characteristic that interests you

2. Place the cardboard coffee cup over the microphone(s) of your recorder or phone, covering it/them if possible. You may use one of your hands to keep the cup in place, or find another way of securing it. Start recording.

3. Gently roll the dense object on the cup, attempting to have every face of the object be in contact with every face of the cup (not at the same time).

4. Remove the cup, replace it with the plastic lid secured over the mic. Insert the long thin object in the drinking hole of the lid and slide it in and out.

5. Remove the lid. Open the closest window. Do something with the last object (or do nothing with it).

6. Stop the recording.

7. Edit as necessary, and if you wish, share as instructed in the introduction.
Storytelling from another era
By Don Hill
January 30, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration

In this online presentation, Don Hill will lead a discussion on observations, topics and themes that emerge from his installation Story Trees, which can also be experienced online at storytrees.ca. The interactive digital software in the installation tags the tone & mood of oral history interviews he recorded in Northern Ontario in the 1970’s with Anne (Prevost) Hill. Sensitive to the modern listener's disposition, the dynamic software sets in motion complementary audio & visual materiel in the spirit of a Socratic dialogue; it’s in this way, the contemporary listener is perhaps drawn to different conclusions about what they hear and feel about storytelling from another era.
Sonik Boom
By Janet Rogers
February 6, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration

Origin stories and cosmology stories are important and generational hereditary tales which root us, as Indigenous people, in our identity reaching far beyond any land based migration legends and most certainly lives outside any notion of a land bridge. We know where we come from, and we know to where we will return.

In this online presentation, Janet Rogers will be on hand to present and discuss three of her recent poetic audio works. Presentation will take place over Whereby. Admission fee is optional, but advance registration is required.

I. Stereo Ribbons by Janet Rogers
Stereo Ribbons was inspired by the announcement that NASA had released a new batch of (space) sounds for public consumption. Reading in their descriptions that some of the sounds were described/labeled as stereo ribbons, I thought this was a lovely title and produced a beautiful visual to think of this sound ribbons floating through space - in their own time, taking their own shapes and traveling or not traveling to whatever destination pleased them.
II. tsi tkaronhya ke by Janet Rogers
tsi takaronhya ke - in the sky - is a sound narrative featuring digital compositions by Haida/Cree musician Kristi Lane Sinclair and Inuit DJ Geronimo Inutiq (formerly known as madeskimo) featuring Sylvia Cloutier produced by Mohawk sound and radio artist Janet Rogers. This sound journey expresses challenges within change and transitional phases. Within Indigenous spiritual teachings and origin stories the sky and or space is where human spirit joins the physical realms and where our spirits also return. Transition almost always includes elements of chaos and confusion before understanding and acceptance is achieved. tsi tkaronhya ke is the sound journey of spiritual transitioning.
III. Sky Woman Falling by Janet Rogers
Two original poems revisiting the Haudenosaunee Creation Story, Sky Woman, with self-produced sounds and original music by Liv Wade.
20 Years of Radio and Sound Art
By Anna Friz and James Bailey
March 12, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Free audio broadcast on NAISA Radio and Video Conference location issued with advance paid registration.
General $10, Students FREE

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of New Adventures in Sound Art with performances by radio and transmission artists who have contributed significantly to the history of Deep Wireless and NAISA as a whole. Included are performances by James Bailey and Anna Friz with more to be announced.

I. Live Performance by Anna Friz
A new radio art work transmitted outdoors from Santa Cruz, California.
II. Hava NAiSAnniversary by James Bailey
A new work by Toronto radio artist and experimental improvisor.