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Performances presented on 2020


Art's Birthday Performance
By Michael Waterman
January 17, 2020, 2:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Admission by Donation

Michael Waterman will perform at NAISA as well as interact with an online live stream. He will use ice instruments that were built collaboratively with Jesse Stewart for the Songs of Ice exhibition at NAISA North Media Arts Centre. You can experience the performance at NAISA from 2 to 4 pm or tune in online (and also contribute your own sounds and images!) and listen in to Art’s Birthday events from around the world throughout the weekend on the Art's Birthday Website.

Michael Waterman is a Canadian visual and audio artist whose work focuses on sound installation, improvisational performance, and radio art. His sound installations have been presented in galleries and festivals throughout Canada and the United States and have been featured at the Guelph Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium in St. John's and at both CAFKA and Open Ears Festivals in Kitchener. In 1997 Waterman created the Mannlicher Carcano Radio Hour at Trent Radio in Peterborough where he was artist-in -residence. The weekly show links participants from Los Angeles, Berkeley, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Guelph, Peterborough and Sarnia via tele-conferencing and web streaming to perform live weekly audio improvisations. He has given artists talks, offered instrument building and sound workshops for youth and adults as well as facilitated sound art jam sessions.
A Good Ways North
By Ayesha Barmania
February 29, 2020, 2:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Admission by Donation

A Good Ways North is an experimental documentary by Ayesha Barmania exploring the perspectives of residents of South River, Ontario, the sounds of the space, and the connections between imagined and real remoteness, incorporating ideas of place-based inquiry, imagined communities, and identity. Ayesha Barmania will also give an artist talk that explores place through interviews & sound.
Ayesha Barmania is an emerging audio artist, journalist and documentary maker, based in Peterborough, Ontario. Their work explores connection to place and identity utilizing interviews and field recordings. Ayesha is the founder of Peterborough Independent Podcasters, and produces two podcasts: Sounds Like Life and Peterborough Currents, in addition to independent productions and consulting.
Meetup #1: How to Livestream Your Soundscape (2 pm EDT)
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April 15, 2020, 2:00 pm
Online host location will be released to participants after registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Advance Registration - Free or $10 CDN.
Meetup #1: How to Livestream Your Soundscape (8 pm EDT)
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April 15, 2020, 8:00 pm
Online host location will be released to participants after registration.
General $10, Students FREE, Advance Registration - Free or $10 CDN.
Meetup #3: Streaming Your Soundscape on Locus Sonus (2 pm EDT)
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April 22, 2020, 2:00 pm
Online host location will be released to participants after registration.
General $10, Students FREE, RSVP Required. Fee is optional.
Meetup #3: Streaming Your Soundscape on Locus Sonus (8 pm EDT)
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April 22, 2020, 8:00 pm
Online host location will be released to participants after registration.
General $10, Students FREE, RSVP Required. Fee is optional.
Reveil
From May 2, 2020 at 0:00 to May 4, 2020 at 1:00 (-4 UTC)
Listen on NAISA Radio or any of the Sound Camp partner stations.
FREE

New Adventures in Sound Art is proud to be a partner in Reveil: a 24hr+ online broadcast by Soundcamp taking place May 2nd to 3rd.

REVEIL relays the sounds of live open microphones operated by streamers on the Locus Sonus Sound MapCyberforest programmeLIDO deep water hydrophone observatory,  Biom Open Microphone network, and elsewhere. It spans from formal research to domestic projects and commissioned broadcasts.

The Reveil schedule will bring together microphones from open windows, gardens and domestic spaces, as well as open microphones in remote areas, creating a day long audit of the earth in (un)common times. The broadcast works with the Locus Sonus Sound Map to share sounds, ecologies and atmospheres as part of an emerging Acoustic Commons.

Starting on the morning of Saturday 2 May just before daybreak in Rotherhithe near the Greenwich Meridian, the Reveil broadcast will pick up these feeds one by one, tracking the sunrise west from microphone to microphone, following the wave of intensified sound that loops the earth every 24 hours at first light.

New Adventures in Sound Art is participating by airing the Reveil broadcast on NAISA Radio which will happen between 12:00 am (-4 UTC) on May 2 and end 1:00 am on May 3. NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will be part of the remix team during the Reveil broadcast. He will also be streaming the soundscape from his home west of South River on Locus Sonus. NAISA has been hosting online meet up workshops on live-streaming through the month of April in order to add more open microphone streams from around Ontario in the broadcast.

Reveil / Soundcamp in the UK is supported by public funds through Arts Council England and Southwark Neighbourhood Fund, and through private donations and volunteers. NAISA is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Department of Canadian Heritage.

Reveil is made possible through the creative contributions of artists, researchers, activists, ecologists and others, who set up and share the live streams.

Reveil icon by Sam Baraitser Smith
Gesture and Transformation
By David Eagle and Jordan Wyshniowsky
May 30, 2020 at 8 pm
Online site will be issued to RSVP guests.
General $10, Students FREE, RSVP required. Admission price is optional.

An online concert of interactive electroacoustic soundscape compositions by 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. It will also include the world premiere of a new piece by David Eagle that uses the LeapMotion Sensor to control the live spatialization of soundscape textures. The concert will end with Eagle’s Passages and Scenes, Reflection and Memory, a historical reflection on the soundscape of Southern Alberta. Spatialization will be produced with Ambisonic binaural processing. Headphones highly recommended.
David Eagle composes chamber, orchestral and electroacoustic music, and explores interactive computer applications in composition, improvisation, multimedia and sound spatialization. In 2013 he was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He studied music at McGill University, at the Institut für Neue Musik, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany, and at the University of California, Berkeley (PhD 1992). Active as a composer and interpreter of interactive works, he has developed various approaches focusing on sonic transformation through gesture. With the aim of enhancing live expression in electroacoustic and interactive music, he performed an alternative controller called the aXiO. A major project was ‘one thousand curves, ten thousand colours’, a collaborative multimedia concert with composer Hope Lee and Ensemble Resonance, integrating live acoustic and electroacoustic music with computer-generated images. Eagle's work can be heard on New Concert Discs, Clef, UNICAL, isidorart recording, ARKTOS Recordings, MAPL, New Works Calgary and Centrediscs labels.
Jordan Wyshniowsky is principal cellist with the North Bay Symphony and is a strings instructor with the Symphony String School. He has studied with former Sudbury Symphony and North Bay Symphony conductor, Metro Kozak, and with National Arts Centre Orchestra cellists Amanda Forsyth and Margaret Munro Tobolowska. He is active in performing and recording music in the North Bay area. Recent projects have included performing with the Almaguin Strings and Hidden Roots Collective. He has recently released a recording of instrumentals called 'Jordan Music', featuring cello, guitar, and keyboards.
Gesture and Transformation: music by David Eagle with Jordan Wyshniowsky
By and
Available Online at NAISATube

On May 30, 2020 NAISA hosted its first online presentation over the Whereby web-conferencing platform. It consisted of three compositions by David Eagle from Calgary which blended instrumental music, interactive electroacoustics, fixed media and soundscape recordings. Also featured was North Bay cellist Jordan Wyshniowsky in the premiere of Tactus. David Eagle premiered a solo performance of Through Autumn Mist using the LeapMotion Sensor to control the live spatialization of soundscape textures. The concert ended with Eagle’s Passages and Scenes, Reflection and Memory, a historical reflection on the soundscape of Southern Alberta.
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Collective Listening Reflection: Meetup #1
June 27, 2020, 2:00 pm
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee of $10 per meetup.

Online guided listening session and information Q&A with Tina Pearson for those wishing to participate in the World Listening Day Collective Listening Reflection initiative. Discussion of working with listening scores for participants to consider in recording within their local environments.

Online Meeting Location will be issued after Advance Registration.
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
Collective Listening Reflection: Meetup #2 at 2 pm (UTC -4)
July 6, 2020, 2:00 pm
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee of $10 per meetup.

Online Workshop facilitated by Darren Copeland for those who wish to receive guidance on recording in the field. Learn how to record your soundscape using various inexpensive devices.

Online Meeting Location will be issued after Advance Registration.

Collective Listening Reflection: Meetup #2 at 7 pm (UTC -4)
July 6, 2020, 7:00 pm
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee of $10 per meetup.

Additional time option for Meetup #2

Online Meeting Location will be issued after Advance Registration.
Collective Listening Reflection: Meetup #3
July 18, 2020, 1:00 pm
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee of $10 per meetup.

NAISA will host an Online Gathering to listen to the recordings made for the aporee sound map and to reflect on changes in listening through these remarkable times.

Recordings were produced in response to a listening score prepared by Tina Pearson.

Online Meeting Location will be issued after Advance Registration.
Collective Listening Reflection: Meetup #3 at 7 pm (UTC -4)
July 18, 2020, 7:00 pm
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission Fee of $10 per meetup.

Additional time option for Meetup #2

Online Meeting Location will be issued after Advance Registration.
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