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Springscapes

NAISA will once again focus its spring programming on the rejuvenating sounds of spring in the north. Now called Springscapes, this series of exhibits, performances and workshops explores the dramatic changes that take place in the natural soundscape from winter to spring. This year, the series will include an installation by Sandy McLennan using pinhole photography and soundscape recordings works created with students at the South River Public School, films and concerts inspired by soundscapes and landscapes of the natural and built environments. The series also includes the annual Sound Camp Soundscape Workshop Intensive during Dawn Chorus weekend (May 1-3).

Springscapes Installations

My Place Here and Now by Sandy McLennan

Apr 2 – June 1, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm, Pay by Donation
Opening Reception – Thursday April 2 at 7 pm, FREE
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Ontario

Sandy McLennan is a photographer and filmmaker from Port Sydney specializing in analog film techniques. “My Place Here and Now” is an interactive audio-visual installation created through workshops with Grade 7 students from South River Public School. The students explored soundscape recording and pinhole photography while learning to develop their visual and auditory acuity. The recordings and photographs they produced of the environment surrounding the school are incorporated into this touch-sensitive interactive installation.

24 hour South River Springscape

Apr 2 – June 1, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm, Pay by Donation
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Ontario

Immerse yourself in a multi-channel listening lounge to hear some distinctive voices in the local soundscape, such as peepers, geese, and the roughed grouse.

Springscapes Special Events

Hand-made Muskoka Films

April 18, 7 pm, $10
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Ontario

Port Sydney filmmaker Sandy McLennan presents a screening of his unique hand-made 8mm and 16mm films that portray life in the Muskoka region. He will be on hand to introduce the films and discuss the processes he used to make them. Featured are his films “Line in the Sand”, “The Last Skate”, “Moving, part one” and “Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage”.

Gesture and Transformation

May 2, 7 pm, $10
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, Ontario

A concert of interactive electroacoustic soundscapes by guest composer David Eagle from Calgary. The concert will feature the premiere of Tactus for solo cello and interactive soundscapes performed by North Bay cellist Jordan Wyshniowsky.

Sound Camp Soundscape Workshop Intensive

May 1-3, 2020
$200 with accommodation / $100 without accommodation
Advance Registration required before April 17, 2020

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 provides an exciting opportunity for nature-lovers, soundscape recordists and birders a chance to enjoy this awakening of the soundscape. Events include a soundscape concert with guest artist by David Eagle, a “dawn chorus” soundwalk, hands-on workshop exploring interactive technology and soundscape recordings, and for those not able to travel to the Almaguin Highlands, a 24-hour online broadcast of the soundscape from South River on NAISA Radio.

All levels of experience welcome. Limited equipment available for participants. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. Accommodation rate includes two nights at Warbler’s Roost with breakfast. Shared cooking facilities available. Also included as part of the weekend will be a concert of interactive elrctroacoustic soundscapes by guest composer David Eagle from Calgary. The concert will feature the premiere of Tactus for solo cello and interactive soundscapes performed by North Bay cellist Jordan Wyshniowsky.