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Collective Listening Reflection
Community Sound Collection from June 20 to July 16, 2020. Three online Meetups on June 27 @ 2 pm, July 6 @ 2 or 7 pm, and July 18 @ 1 & 7 pm. All times -4 UTC.
Online Meeting Location will be issued after Advance Registration.
Optional Admission Fee of $10 per meetup.


New Adventures in Sound Art will host a series of online meetups that will encourage reflection, facilitate soundscape recording and share and exchange perspectives on listening. The initiative will be facilitated by Canadian composer-sound artist Tina Pearson, who will suggest a listening score for participants to consider in recording within their local environments. The resulting curated sound map will be available for listening on Radio Aporee on World Listening Day (July 18) and will continue indefinitely.

World Listening Day is an annual global event produced this year on the theme The Collective Field. The theme for World Listening Day 2020 is from Katherine Krause of Wild Sanctuary.

"Current times have asked each of us, individually and in concert, to retreat, reflect, and rethink the world we thought we knew, but how do we respond? Energizing this shared global experience holds gifts of rejuvenation. Respect this momentary silence – but glean what it yields. The Collective Field invites you to express your recent journey through what was, what is, and what will be, evoked only by wandering into new territory. Stay silent until you know. Then speak. Share. Perform. How have you been transformed? We are all in the woods of a new age, and we’re listening to the future.” - Katherine Krause
Recent Transformations (Part One)
August 15, 2020 at 7 pm.
Online Meeting Location issued after Advance Registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee.

The first of two online presentations showcasing works from the Sound Travels online album with the composers and sound artists on hand to discuss their works with listeners.

The online album features fixed media works and live performance recordings on the theme of Transformation. A common thread throughout this collection is the use of the transformation of sounds through digital means to not only bend and change conceptions of reality, but to also blur distinctions for the listener between musical listening and imaginary planes of existence.

Program:
I. Quatre machines pour sauver le monde by Léa Boudreau
In January 2019, students from Jean-Baptiste-Meilleur Elementary School in Montréal took part in a little brainstorm: to imagine fantastic machines under the theme "Quatre machines pour sauver le monde" (Four machines to save the world). No limit, no other instruction, all ideas were welcomed. Based on their suggestions, I composed this piece, expressing with sound and music the devices thought out by the students but also their surrounding environment. The work is divided into four parts which respect the original titles given by the schoolchildren:

1- Une machine volante qui fonctionne à la pollution et qui la transforme en air pur (A flying machine that functions with pollution and turns it into fresh air)

2- Une machine-robot en forme d'animal pour sauver les animaux qui n'ont pas de maison et qui sont dans la rue (An animal-shaped robot-machine to save homeless animals that live on the street)

3- Une machine pour envoyer toute la neige qui tombe ici au pôle Nord pour ne plus que ça fonde (A machine to send all the snow falling here to the North Pole so it doesn't melt anymore)

4- Une machine-bateau-sous-marin pour nettoyer les océans (A machine-boat-submarine to clean the oceans)
II. Cauterize by Christopher Lock
"Cauterize" is about undergoing a traumatic experience and the process of overcoming and indeed transforming into a new person in its wake. Most of the material is based on three recordings of spoken text which have the upmost autobiographical significance to the composer but which are not disclosed in the piece. The recordings have been molded and torn apart as part of the process of overcoming and moving forward in life. An attempt at healing and starting over. The piece goes through periods of turbulence and resolve, struggle and detachment, a natural process of grief.
III. Changing One's Mind by Matheos & Georgios
"Changing One’s Mind" is an attempt to sonically portray the effects of psychosis. The intent of this auditory exploration is to immerse the listener in two different acoustic spaces that evoke notions of deception and unfamiliarity. The intent of the artists is guided by themes of duality and space which confronts the listener by fracturing his or her's sense of reality. With homage to Karlheinz Stockhausen’s directional sound in performance, the use of outdoor field and indoor multi-channel recordings are utilized in the piece in order to evoke a sense of the surreal. The artists frequently explored different forms of intervening with sound materials through the creation of this piece. They are interested in bridging human consciousness and sound art in order to bring attention to social awareness and mental health.
IV. La ville de lumière by Camille Zhang
"La ville de lumière" is inspired by the halo of street lights, and by imagining that halo growing, flying and then enveloping the entire city. The raw materials of the piece are mainly the natural sound produced by tearing, squeezing and rubbing different types of papers. By using various editing and mixing techniques and blending the paper recordings with electronic instruments, I wanted to create with sound an image of the lights that are dazzling, flashing and blurring.
V. A Landscape of Events by Juan Carlos Vasquez
“A Landscape of Events” is a piece heavily influenced by Paul Virilio’s homonymous book. The piece is a sonic reflection on how the perception of time is distorted by the pacing of life portrayed in contemporary media, always in constant acceleration. The piece, like the book, presents an amalgam of seemingly disjointed content, or “sets of contradictions in an accelerated and miniaturized world” (Moran, 2004) “A Landscape of Events” was composed at the Virginia Center for Computer Music using ambisonic microphones and Ville Pulkki’s vector-based amplitude panning for the multichannel spatialization.
Recent Transformations (Part Two)
September 11, 2020 at 7 pm.
Online Meeting Location issued after Advance Registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee

The second of two online presentations showcasing works from the Sound Travels online album with the composers and sound artists on hand to discuss their works with listeners.

The online album features fixed media works and live performance recordings on the theme of Transformation. A common thread throughout this collection is the use of the transformation of sounds through digital means to not only bend and change conceptions of reality, but to also blur distinctions for the listener between musical listening and imaginary planes of existence.

Program:
I. Et erit Lux Lunae sicut lux solis by Massimo Vito Avantaggiato
“Et erit Lux Lunae sicut lux solis” is an electronic music work which combines concrete sounds that refers to aquatic world. A microcosm of sounds becomes the hyletic universe explored through various techniques in this piece. Heterogeneous sound materials are used: sound of bottles; water dispenser noises; water droplets; electronic wind sounds; chimes; gong; Granular accumulations. Just to name a few. The sounds are here combined in well- identifiable electronic gestures.
Original sound materials are manipulated and transformed through different techniques and returned to the listener, trying to outline an ideal journey between earth and sky.
II. Whisper Bed by Sheridan Tamayo-Henderson
Audio from a multi media installation featuring field recordings from Still Creek and poetic reflections. The piece attempts to balance the so called natural world with the human presence. The creek, the big box stores that surround it and linguistic reflections are fluidly interwoven to negotiate authorship of the space.
III. The Garden of Sonic Delights by Barry Truax
"The Garden of Sonic Delights" invites the listener to enter an imaginary soundscape (one that R. Murray Schafer might describe as a “soniferous garden”) richly filled with sounds that may remind us of the actual sounds of water, wind, insects, animals and birds. Our visit will take us through the afternoon until the next morning, hopefully leaving us delighted and refreshed.
IV. Live performance August 2018 by blablaTrains (Ana Dall’Ara-Majek and Takuto Fukuda)
This recording is from a performance that was recorded in August 2018 at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River, Ontario, Canada.

In this performance blablaTrains create listening paths that range from animality to a robotic society, and from heaven to hell. They strive for a dialog between nature, industrial and electronic sounds. Their performance technique is a theatrical exploration of two instruments that require a ‘choreography’ to generate sound.

To view a video of the performance by blablaTrains visit NAISAtube on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_VoGwjl2YA

Installations

Octet
By Matthew Rogalsky
June 25 to August 17, 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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Octet is a sound installation with eight SM58 vocal microphones wired in reverse to become tiny loudspeakers, and eight modified archival birdsong recordings by William WH Gunn (1951, with permission of the Macaulay Library of Environmental Sound, Cornell University).

This sound installation, which re-purposes common stage vocal microphones as tiny loudspeakers - eight of them hanging from the widespread branches of a tree - is part of ongoing research with Laura J. Cameron into the life and work of William W.H. Gunn, early Canadian environmental sound recordist. Octet is a creative response to Gunn's practice, and it was followed in 2017 and 2018 by two other sound installations exploring his sound library.

Beginning in 1951, Gunn recorded environmental sounds all over Canada and around the world. He gave numerous public lectures on birdsong and to reveal its intricacies he often played his tapes back at slow speeds. This presentation of the piece employs eight birdsong recordings made by Gunn in Ontario in 1951. You will periodically hear Gunn’s voice introducing a recording, followed by playback slowed down by 80%. Each microphone-speaker is a unique source.

The piece, situated in a tree, plays with the culture of “soloist” birdsong recording (isolating one bird from its surrounding “noise” as much as possible), the notion of birds as performers, the “reversibility principle” of microphones and loudspeakers, and Gunn’s encouragement of birdsong identification and appreciation through his lectures and the “Sounds of Nature” LP series he produced from the 1950s into the 1970s.

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. Traffic sounds are picked up by a microphone and broken up into several spectral bands. The contents of the different bands are used to influence a generative electroacoustic music system. All programming is done with Max/MSP software from Cycling 74. Multiples of Planck’s constant, the quantum of electromagnetic action that relates a photon’s energy to its frequency, 6.62607015×10?34 are used throughout the piece to determine pitch relationships. The highly resonant structures that produce the electronic sounds are constructed from cedar planks and loudspeakers.

Porch Radio
May 21 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
Pay by Donation

Enjoy NAISA Radio without internet, without computers, and in the open fresh air. Porch Radio is an outdoor listening space on the porch of the NAISA North Media Arts Centre at 106 Ottawa Ave. with seating for up to 4 people.
Audio Bench
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
Pay by Donation

Works from NAISA’s first online Sound Travels compilation will be available for listening at the picnic tables outdoors at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre. A headphone extension will be provided for you to plug in your own headphones and listen while you enjoy a take out beverage from the café at NAISA.

SOUNDwalks

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Intensive

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Workshops

Collective Listening Reflection
Community Sound Collection from June 20 to July 16, 2020. Three online Meetups on June 27 @ 2 pm, July 6 @ 2 or 7 pm, and July 18 @ 1 or 7 pm. All times UTC -4.
Online Meeting Location will be issued after Advance Registration.
Optional Admission Fee of $10 per meetup.

New Adventures in Sound Art will host a series of online meetups that will encourage reflection, facilitate soundscape recording and share and exchange perspectives on listening. The initiative will be facilitated by Canadian composer-sound artist Tina Pearson, who will suggest a listening score for participants to consider in recording within their local environments. The resulting curated sound map will be available for listening on Radio Aporee on World Listening Day (July 18) and will continue indefinitely.

World Listening Day is an annual global event produced this year on the theme The Collective Field. The theme for World Listening Day 2020 is from Katherine Krause of Wild Sanctuary.

"Current times have asked each of us, individually and in concert, to retreat, reflect, and rethink the world we thought we knew, but how do we respond? Energizing this shared global experience holds gifts of rejuvenation. Respect this momentary silence – but glean what it yields. The Collective Field invites you to express your recent journey through what was, what is, and what will be, evoked only by wandering into new territory. Stay silent until you know. Then speak. Share. Perform. How have you been transformed? We are all in the woods of a new age, and we’re listening to the future.” - Katherine Krause

Talks

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