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Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) launches its 26th edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art with summer-long events that include indoor and outdoor exhibitions, SOUNDwalks, Sound Art Workshops, weekly Open Improvs, and special World Listening Day events on July 18.
This year’s Sound Travels festival invites visitors to listen for hidden structures and relationships in seemingly unrelated, even chaotic events. Works in the festival reimagine the relationship of chaos and order in the auditory experiences we encounter both in art and in everyday life.” – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art  
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.
General $12, Click Here to Register

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.

I. Roots that Braid Themselves by Christine Charette
From the world of Electroacoustic Music and Musique Concrète, Christine Charette explores the profound influence of forest biomes and the symbiotic enchanted world it hides underground. Charette uses recorded sounds from life, distilled through a sampler, and weaves them with the sounds of piano, synth. Drawing her sounds intuitively, she allows the forest and its underground networks to inhale and exhale through her, resonating in their vibration, and translating their Affect. Charette creates a space that transports the listener to where worlds of microbial seed banks exist, stardust and roots that braid themselves into stories, where the belly of the Earth speaks.
II. Where the Bees Buzz by Shawn Pinchbeck
Where the Bees Buzz is a part of a series of works based on ambisonic field recordings I took at many locations in the Peace Region of northwestern Alberta, Canada.

Where the Bees Buzz features select field recordings from around Beaverlodge, Alberta with electroacoustic music accompaniments inspired by those recordings. At the beginning of the global pandemic I was living in Grande Prairie, Alberta. With the end to live performances and collaborations, I had to REIMAGINE my arts practice. Exploring a soundscape piece documenting places in the four directions away from the city was my socially distanced creative solution.
Christine Charette is a multi-disciplinary French-Métis artist who works intuitively and metaphorically. Originally from North Bay, Charette has lived in Vancouver, London, Toronto and Montréal, and now resides in the forest near Algonquin park. Since 1991, Christine’s professional practice includes explorations in painting, textiles, print-making, drawing, recycled object sculpture, photography, installation, video, poetry, and sound. Through an eco-feminist lens, Charette explores themes such as women’s work, nesting, isolation, mothering, identity, the environment, natural cycles, and the ancient, through metaphor and affect theory.
Shawn Pinchbeck is an award winning artist based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Viljandi, Estonia. He is a multi-faceted artist: electroacoustic music composer, sound designer, audio engineer, performer, media artist, curator and educator. His artworks explore all things that sound, merging elements such as video, computer interaction, multi-speaker environments, sensors and electronics, interdisciplinary performance and installation art.
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 is a sound art installation that features 16 chime bars, each one controlled electronically by a custom-made circuit. By placing the chimes in different parts of the gallery, the installation emphasizes the spatial nature of sound, and its interaction with distinct acoustic spaces. The generative aspect of the piece is determined by the irregular beats that each chime makes, repeating every 1 to 25 seconds, which can be modified by exhibition visitors from a knob located with each chime. The result is an ever-changing composition that is affected by the audience's interaction with the piece.

With the prospect of Artificial Intelligence affecting several aspects of our society in a pervasive manner, Sixteen Chimes encourages constructive collaboration between humans and machines, inviting reflection on how a system can be modified collectively, and how the effects of individual actions shape the outcome of an event at any given time.

Sixteen Chimes employs aspects of generative art and sound spatialization, using physical sonic objects 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.
Alexandre Klinke is a composer and media artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, based in Vancouver, BC. His work encompasses different fields such as video, multimedia art, music for film, sound design and live music performance. The appreciation of sound is at the core of his practice. He releases music under his own name, as well as using the alias Playback Head, an experimental project that ranges from jazz to electronic and ambient, merging traditional instruments with field recordings, sound-making objects and electronic devices. Working with video and multimedia, he looks at the perceptual effects of the interplay between sound and image, using both analog (magnetic tape, super 8 film, VHS) and digital technologies. His audiovisual pieces incorporate a variety of textures that allude to the ambiguous nature of perception and memory.
Borderline (Almaguin Highlands): Collective counter mapping through sonic geographies
By Jessica Thompson
Open after September 14, 2023. Open 10 am to 4 pm Thursday to Monday.
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 the NAISA North Media Arts Centre are invited to contribute to a large-scale soundmap of the Almaguin Highlands by borrowing a toolkit to map sounds in one of the villages of their choice, or by using the Borderline mobile app. The sounds collected will be added to the map on an ongoing basis.

The Borderline iOS app enables users to automatically map sounds in their environment, put them in dialogue with other forms of data, and generate interactive soundscapes by playing sounds back into the environment. Click here to download

Jessica Thompson is a media artist working in sound, performance and mobile technologies. Her interactive artworks have shown at venues such as the International Symposium of Electronic Art (San Jose, Dubai, Vancouver), the Conflux Festival (New York), Thinking Metropolis (Copenhagen), Beyond/In Western New York (Buffalo), NIME (Oslo), Artists’ Walks (New York), Locus Sonus (Aix-en-Provence), the AGW Triennial (Windsor), InterACTION (Kitchener), HASTAC (Vancouver), Re:Sound (Aalborg), and Entorno Encuentro Exploración (Pamplona), The Politics of Sound (Lethbridge) and CAFKA (Kitchener). She has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Government of Ontario.
The Sensation of Distribution
By Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters
Open 24/7 year round.
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario

The Sensation of Distribution is a reprise of Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters’s 2019 work, The Distribution of Sensation, which they created while artists in residence at The Bentway, a large, urban public space situated under an elevated highway in downtown Toronto. The Distribution of Sensation was a sound sculpture composed of PVC pipes installed around The Bentway that invited visitors to listen through the natural resonance of the cylinders, creating a series of musical experiences across the site. Mimic the plumbing infrastructure of the site, the installation was meant to create aesthetic slippages that might potentially lead to confusion as to what exactly functioned or counted as art.

The re-installation of this work at NAISA blends the pipe sculptures into a more domestic vernacular. Mounted on NAISA’s exterior walls to impersonate furnace vents and erupting from the ground to suggest rogue plumbing gone awry, The Sensation of Distribution re-invites visitors to explore the unnoticed or imminent sonic and aesthetic potential of our built environment.
Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto-based scholar, composer, and artist. His eclectic body of work includes writings about plants, animals, cities, and sound art; scores for film and dance; and objects and installations that trouble received ideas about history, perception, and sensory experience. Akiyama’s output has appeared in commensurately miscellaneous sources such as Leonardo Music Journal, ISEA, Sonar Music Festival (Barcelona), Raster-Noton Records (Berlin), Gendai Gallery (Toronto), and in many other exhibitions, publications, and festivals. He holds a PhD in communications from McGill University, an MFA from Concordia University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
Brady Peters is a Canadian designer and researcher who successfully bridges technology and design. He has significant expertise in the use and development of design technology, in integrative construction, and in digital fabrication. With many years of experience in practice, Peters has successfully collaborated with experts in architecture, engineering, and computer science. He specializes in architectural acoustics, environmental simulation, computational design, and digital fabrication. He uses computer programming, parametric modelling, and simulation to design performance-driven forms, and is skilled in the communication and fabrication of buildings with complex geometry. He received his PhD in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, a Professional Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Distinction) from Dalhousie University, and, Bachelor of Science in Geography (Distinction) from the University of Victoria.
Laurier Woods Soundwalk
Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival
Aug 17, 2024, Time TBD.
Laurier Woods, North Bay. Meet in the Parking lot at the end of Brule Street (just off Franklin Street).

Explore the sounds of Laurier Woods during the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival with NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland.

He will lead SOUNDwalks at various times through the day. A SOUNDwalk is a walk you can do anytime of day, in any location, and with any number of people. All that you have to do is walk very slowly and quietly, direct your focus to your listening (rather than to your visual sense), and not talk or use any devices. With that change of focus sounds commonly heard might take on a different quality.

After the SOUNDwalk, we will discuss what we experienced and learn from each other about the world of natural and human-generated sound. Duration of the walk will be 45 minutes. Open to all ages.

The Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival is organized each year by the Friends of Laurier Woods, North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, and the Nipissing Naturalists Club.
Decomposing Piano Jam Sessions
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.
Sound Art Workshop #2
July 27, 2024, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Also available on June 29 or August 24, 2024; 1 – 4 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
General $50, Click Here to Register

Learn how to record your voice, make short field recordings, edit your recordings and share your final creation at the end of the workshop. No experience with audio is necessary. Advance Registration required – limited capacity.
Sound Art Workshop #3
August 24, 2024, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Also available on June 29 or July 27, 2024; 1 – 4 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River, Ontario
General $50, Click Here to Register

Learn how to record your voice, make short field recordings, edit your recordings and share your final creation at the end of the workshop. No experience with audio is necessary. Advance Registration required – limited capacity.