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What is a SOUNDwalk? In a SOUNDwalk, the listening “audience” moves through a place and the environment “performs.” The walking listener and the environment create a unique piece together that can only occur during the time of the walk. In a SOUNDwalk we take the time to hear the environment: we are its true ear witnesses. And like any musician, the environment offers us its sounds for our consideration.

NAISA commemorates World Listening Day and the birthday of R. Murray Schafer each year with SOUNDwalks.

World Listening Day Soundwalk
July 18 @ 7 pm
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
Soundwalk is Free. Screening and Performance afterwards is $12.

NAISA's contribution to World Listening Day 2023 on July 18 begins at 7 pm with a SOUNDwalk which will explore the mid-summer soundscape of Deer Lake in Lount Township (22 KM west of South River). The soundwalk will be followed by a screening of "Listening (with Hildegard Westerkamp)" by filmmakers Mike Hoolboom and Heather Frise along with Accidental Wilderness by media and sound artist Alëna Korolëva.
South River Soundwalk
Aug 15 @ 7 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River
FREE. Donations accepted.

A SOUNDwalk is a guided walk where the focus is on listening to one's surroundings rather than seeing it. It is an experience that challenges preconceptions about one's local surroundings, no matter how familiar. This SOUNDwalk will explore the summer soundscape of the South River village center.

The insect noises and resonant drones of "The Secret Reception" and "The Sensation of Distribution" artworks on exhibit at NAISA provide a starting and ending point for the SOUNDwalk.

Both artworks are featured in the latest episode of the Making Waves podcast.