Making Waves is a radio show about sound art produced by New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) for WGXC Wave Farm. The show often features artist profiles and archival performances from NAISA’s sound art programming in South River, Ontario and (prior to June 2017) Toronto. Episodes are produced monthly and broadcast on the second Saturday of every month at 11 am and repeated the following Friday at 3 pm (UTC -4).
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Making Waves: Reveil, a network of daybreak microphones April 11, 2020
In this episode of Making Waves NAISA’s Darren Copeland talks to Grant Smith, Maria Papadomanolaki and Dawn Scarfe. For the past six years they have been celebrating International Dawn Chorus Day in a truly unique way. As the collective Soundcamp they produce Reveil, which is a world-wide radio program that follows the sounds of daybreak from timezone to timezone through an open and parallel network of audio livestreams provided by volunteer streamers, field recordists and science researchers. Each hour produces a new awakening of sounds from a different part of the world. Reveil will be heard on Wave Farm Radio between midnight of May 2 to 1 am of May 3. Participation is open to all. To broadcast the sounds of daybreak from your home join them and NAISA for one of three Meetups in the weeks leading up to the broadcast – https://naisa.ca/education/workshops.
NAISA invited Podcaster Ayesha Barmania from Peterborough Ontario to create a radio portrait of NAISA’s home town of South River (and vicinity) using interviews collected by NAISA over the past 3 years with residents from the local community. The piece she made was called A Good Ways North. Also on the show is WRGO or What is Really Going On by Edmonton radio artist Don Hill and Disconnect by Niagara sound artist Jeffrey Sinibaldi.
Continuing from the previous episode of Making Waves, NAISA features more from Michael Waterman and Mannlicher Carcano. Included in the mix is an interview that Darren Copeland did with Michael Waterman about Songs of Ice and his other transmission art installations as well as sounds from the Art’s Birthday telematic performance by Mannlicher Carcano from January 17, 2020.
Mannlicher Carcano started making experimental noise in Winnipeg in 1987 before dispersing to various cities and using community radio phone lines as a means to keep the group playing together. NAISA’s Darren Copeland met up with Mannlicher Carcano member Michael Waterman (known as Porter Hall in MC-parlance) who is working on a new installation at NAISA. Michael is sharing with Making Waves an excerpt of the current episode from their radio show, which is aired every Saturday on CHMR in St. John’s Nfld from 2:30 to 4:40 EST. https://chmrfm.weebly.com/saturday.html
Geronimo Inutiq is an electronic music producer, DJ and multimedia artist from Iqaluit, Nunavut who is now based in Montreal. He joins Darren Copeland from New Adventures in Sound Art to discuss his recent work which combines archival films of the Canadian North with electronic music.
This episode of Making Waves takes listeners on a tour of Gordon Monahan’s installation Kinetic Transmissions. During the show Gordon Monahan explains his use of audio signals to drive small motors which pass the audio through resonant instruments and objects. He also explains how he uses this technique and other variations in his other works.
Gordon Monahan’s works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance. Gordon Monahan is the recipient of a 2013 Governor-General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Making Waves re-visiting two artists featured two years ago who both create sound art with Saws – Sonia Paço-Rocchia and Alan Bloor. The first half hour of the show includes an interview with Paço-Rocchia about her installation Lames@NAISA and the second half hour has a performance by Alan Bloor that was recorded August 31, 2019 at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre.
Making Waves looks to the future with a sound art installation by Stephanie Castonguay made by children and in the second half of the show Making Waves gazes into the past with an interview with Alexis Bhagat on archiving audio art.
Making Waves: Listen(n) with Garth Paine Jun 8, 2019
Garth Paine is an Australian composer and interactive media artist teaching at Arizona State University. Upon his first visit to Arizona he became fascinated with the soundscapes of the deserts of the American south west and from this interest he formed a community-engaged research team to study and document the soundscapes of national monument parks in close distance to Phoenix. One of the many outcomes of Listen(n) is a Virtual Reality sound installation which allows listeners to experience these unique soundscapes in a surprisingly life-like way with the simple combination of a 360 degree photograph and an ambisonic soundscape recording. New Adventures in Sound Art is hosting their VR work as part of its Listen In exhibition in South River, Canada.
Making Waves: Udo Noll on Radio Aporee May 11, 2019
Darren Copeland interviews Udo Noll about the online sound mapping project Radio Aporee and the distinctive way in which it conceives of transmission art as an open-ended multi-user medium.
Andra McCartney in conversation with Darren Copeland talks about her two works created fifteen years apart. Both works were made from cross-Canada train trips. The first during the winter of 2003 and the second while the wild fires were happening last summer in Northern Ontario and British Columbia. Both works will be broadcast from NAISA on May 3 at 7 pm on NAISA Radio.
Two sound documentaries are featured from the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art – Kime Ani by Edzi’u and Gateway by Benoit Bories. Both pieces are included on the Deep Wireless 14 online album.
Kime Ani are words in the Tahltan language, translated to mean “home coming” or also “let’s go home.” Included here is a seven part electronic work created from a selection of vintage audio samples from Edzi’u’s three generations of grandmothers and matriarchs. A mixed race Tahltan-Tlingit electronic singer/songwriter and composer, Edzi’u mixes electronic music with classic songwriting sensibilities, exploring texture and narration, and sampling vintage recordings from many generations of her grandmothers.
Gateway by Benoit Bories invites listeners to feel the ecological and social changes affecting the Kiewa Valley and High Country in Australia. It is created by little stories that describe the relationship between people and their environment. Gateway is a sound art project produced by the Bogong Center for Sound Culture. Fieldwork was made possible with the assistance of B-CSC’s supported residency program, French Institute and the municipality of Toulouse. Benoit Bories is a sound documentary maker and acousmatic composer.
In advance of Josh Gumiela‘s visit to NAISA in February 2019, Josh discusses how he uses the electromagnetic energy emitted from cellphones for the raw material of the music produced in his installation “Immobile Device.”
Making Waves: Off the Beat(en) Track Jan 26, 2019
The Deep Wireless radio art album is available for listening. In this episode of Making Waves we listen to four of the pieces from the album – Tapping the Air by Sebastiane Hegarty; Ways of Listening by Zoe Gordon; Tsikatsi by Edgardo Moreno; and I Dreamt This Was My Home by Helena Korbath. The Hegarty piece times with the 118th anniversary of Marconi’s first ‘over the horizon’ wireless transmission.
Making Waves: Jane Tingley: Dec 8, 2018
Jane Tingley on anyWare, an interactive distributed sculpture. Darren Copeland interviews Canadian media artist Jane Tingley on her interactive distributed sculpture called anyWare, which will be on exhibit at NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River, Ontario, Canada from January 17 to April 1, 2019.
In this edition we go back to a lecture by Aaron Labbe speaking in July 2018 at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River, Ontario. The show concludes with Richard Lainhart’s White Night, which is a landmark piece that predates Ambient Music and that was completed in Albany during a snowstorm in 1974.
Lisa Jackson’s film Biidaaban: First Light is on exhibit in October and November 2018 at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre and Christine Webster’s The Empty Room will be shown on October 27 as part of the presentation A Listening Voyage Through Gaming which is part of a VR 3D Audio workshop weekend at NAISA North.
This episode of Making Waves features two very different methods for creating interactive and collaborative sound art works. In the first half Darren Copeland interviews Mario van Horrik. He is one half of a collaborative team with Petra Dubach that have been active as a multidisciplinary duo since 1983. They will be guests of NAISA September 28-30 with their installation Waves Playground and live performance Table Piece.
In the second half of the show we will listen to a performance by BlablaTRAINS that took place recently on August 4 at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. Blablatrains are a Montreal duo consisting of Ana Dall’Ara Majek and Takuto Fukuda. They play digital instruments that use theatrical physical gestures in order to control sound and to communicate with each other on stage.
Making Waves: The City of Sighs by Alexis O’Hara: Aug 11, 2018
Alexis O’Hara performs her work The City of Sighs and discusses her live performance practice with Darren Copeland. The City of Sighs is a piece for solo vocals and live electronic processing. In it O’Hara randomly selects a poster-sized cue card that serves as both a cue for changing the sections of her performance and as a trigger for emotional states associated with the act of sighing that are explored in each section of the piece. The performance was recorded at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River, Canada on July 28, 2018.
Making Waves: World Listening Day Edition with Victoria Fenner, Stefan Rose and Glenn Hubert: July 14, 2018
The July edition of Making Waves celebrates World Listening Day. In the first half hour Darren Copeland interviews Victoria Fenner and Stefan Rose about their audio-visual collaboration Seeing Sound that ponders why to add visuals to sounds. In the second half we go on a walk with South River nature recordist Glenn Hubert. We will learn how he records wolf howls on his property about 30 kilometres from the nearest paved road. You can Listen to Glenn’s wolf recordings at https://www.gmhcafestore.ca/products/wolves-of-algonquin and listen more to the interview with him on the NAISA soundcloud page. NAISA’s World Listening Day events can be found at https://naisa.ca/festivals/sound-travels/
Making Waves: Jana Winderen: Jun 9, 2018
Jana Winderen and the art of underwater recording.” Darren Copeland interviews Jana Winderen about her approach to sound recording and her motivations for exploring underwater sound in particular. Included in the show is her piece “The Noisiest Guys on the Planet” available on Touch’s Bandcamp page – https://janawinderen.bandcamp.com/album/the-noisiest-guys-on-the-planetThis monthly program is produced by New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA). The program features selections from the NAISA archives and is produced by Darren Copeland, NAISA Artistic Director. NAISA is a South River-based Canadian organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. The objectives of NAISA are to foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression.
Making Waves: Reveil Revealed: May 12, 2018
Grant Smith and Maria Papadomanolaki discuss the Reveil sound camp project and look back at its five year history of broadcasting the soundscapes of daybreak from around the world. At the end of the program NAISA shares a multi-location soundscape recording made at Warbler’s Roost during the Sound Camp held in South River, Canada.