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NAISA Radio

NAISA Radio broadcasts radio art 24/7 from the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River, Ontario, Canada.

All programs are subject to being pre-empted by NAISA’s live performances and artist talks. Explore NAISA’s website for information on these events or subscribe to the NAISA Sound Channel e-newsletter.

00:00 – Radio in Transformation

Canadian and International radio art curated by NAISA in 2020 on the theme Transformation.

02:00 – Cross Waves

Cross Waves is a Canadian Sound Art series of internet radio programs curated by eight media artists representing various regional and cultural perspectives in Canada. Editions are curated by Chantal Dumas, Steve Bates, Peter Courtemanche, Janna Graham, Christof Migone, and Anna Friz.

07:00 (Mon-Fri)- Soundscapes

Canadian and International soundscape compositions curated and hosted by Canadian media artist Victoria Fenner.

07:00 (Sat-Sun) – Radiant Dissonance

The Canadian Society for Independant Radio Production published a compilation of 10 radio 30 minute programs featuring radio and experimental sound artists from across Canada. Included among the artists are Chris Brookes, Chantal Dumas, Wende Bartley, James Bailey, Ron McFarlan, Audrey Chugrin, Sarah Peebles, Victoria Fenner and Janet Graham.

08:00 – Undo-Redo

Canadian and International radio art curated by NAISA in 2014 on the theme Undo-Redo. Many of the works can also be heard on NAISA’s Deep Wireless Radio Art Compilation Albums.

09:00 – Sonic Geography

Canadian and International radio art on the theme Sonic Geography. Program is curated and hosted by Kate Evans.

10:00 – Words & Sounds

Canadian and International radio art curated and hosted by Canadian media artist Victoria Fenner.

11:00 – Radio Art Live

NAISA digs into its performance archives going back to 2001 to share performances by Canadian and international artists that have performed at NAISA in Toronto and South River.

13:00 (Saturdays starting Jan 16) – Nothing Like Us

Frequent Deep Wireless presenter Gregory Whitehead shares a selection of his radiophonic explorations, collaborations and celebrations from 2014 to 2020 with gratitude for the past twenty years of Deep Wireless, and in support of the next twenty.

14:00 (Mon-Fri) – Frequent Mutilations

Andrew O’Connor curates a selection of archival broadcasts from the Frequent Mutilations radio program that had been one of the longest running live radio art shows on campus/community radio. The program was made out of CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario.

14:00 (Sat & Sun) – Café Acousmatic

Café Acousmatic: the finest blend of electroacoustic music, sound art, and 3D immersive audio. Hosted by Don Hill, musician, broadcaster, man about the planet, Café Acousmatic is your entre to the aural pleasures of electroacoustic music and sound art of every sort. Complemented by interviews with music-makers, contemporary composers, and sonically pleasing new & vintage releases, Café Acousmatic is a special treat for headphones and walkabouts. Life is smoother at Café Acousmatic.

15:00 (Mon-Fri) – Making Waves

Making Waves is a monthly radio show about sound art produced by New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) for WGXC Wave Farm.  The show often features artist interviews and archival NAISA performances from South River, Ontario and Toronto. Visit the show web page for archives.

15:00 (Sat-Sun) – Sound as Art / Art on Air

Darren Copeland curates archived broadcasts from the Sound as Art program, which picked up and continued the Art on Air show at CKLN Radio in Toronto until the closure of the Ryerson University-based FM station in 2011. Sound as Art and its predecessor included interviews with artists in the Toronto community and also included in-studio sound improvisations. Sound as Art was collectively produced with contributions by Darren Copeland, Andrew O’Connor, Katie Kotler, Ansley Moorehouse and EC Woodley.

16:00 – Off the Beat(en) Track

Canadian and International radio art curated by NAISA in 2019 on the theme Off the Beat(en) Track. Many of the works can also be heard on NAISA’s Deep Wireless Radio Art Compilation Albums.

18:00 – Radio Art in Discussion

NAISA hosted annual radio art conferences and symposia from 2003 to 2014. This program includes keynotes, lectures and panel discussions from the Radio Without Boundaries Conference and the TransX Transmission Art Symposium.

20:00 – Long Form

Radio Art works from around the world that are over 20 minutes in length.

22:00 (Sun/Wed/Sat) – EBFN Radio

Erik Belgum’s EBFN Radio is a fiction variety show influenced by neurological and psychological research protocols, Robert Ashley, Ernie Kovacs, speech pathology, Second City Television, noise music, P.T. Barnum, test patterns, Vic and Sade, and William Burroughs. Writes Belgum, “If my timing feels way off, well, that’s on you. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel like you’re going to throw up for hours and hours, but in a good way. In any case, it’s a win-win for me.”

22:00 (Mon/Tue/Thurs/Fri) – Nothing to See Here

Nothing to See Here is an Experimental Radio Art Show from Halifax, Nova Scotia produced by David Clark in collaboration with students at NSCAD University and special guests.

23:00 – Reveil Soundscapes

NAISA has participated in the Sound Camp spring dawn chorus broadcasts for the first weekend of May over the past several years. This has provided an occasion to record a nearby rural soundscape for a full 24 hours – and sometimes longer. This program features one hour selections from different times of day and for different years.