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Performances presented on 2021


Piece for objects found in the street
By Anne-F Jacques
January 17, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
General $10, Students FREE, Optional Admission fee of $10

NAISA invites you to celebrate the 1,000,0057th birthday of Art by making your own recorded interpretation of a new sound art text score by Anne-F Jacques. The score can be realized using a recording device (including a mobile phone) and a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud account). There will be an online workshop by NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland on January 6 and 13 at 7 pm EST to provide some guidance. Send a link of your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca by January 15 by 11:59 pm. Then join in at 7 pm EST on January 17, for a listening party to experience the realizations, including a version realized by Anne-F Jacques.


Program:
I. Piece for objects found in the street by Anne-F Jacques
These instructions suggest a way to perform and record an audio piece using found objects. You will need a recording device (digital recorder, phone, etc) and headphones. The completed piece can either be an audio or video file of 5 minutes maximum, and uploaded to a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud). Share the link to your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca. You can also decide to keep it as a private experiment.

1. Go for a walk. Look around for abandoned or unclaimed objects. You may consider getting yourself a coffee. Bring back:
- a disposable coffee cup
- a dense heavy object
- a long, thin object
- another object of any shape or characteristic that interests you

2. Place the cardboard coffee cup over the microphone(s) of your recorder or phone, covering it/them if possible. You may use one of your hands to keep the cup in place, or find another way of securing it. Start recording.

3. Gently roll the dense object on the cup, attempting to have every face of the object be in contact with every face of the cup (not at the same time).

4. Remove the cup, replace it with the plastic lid secured over the mic. Insert the long thin object in the drinking hole of the lid and slide it in and out.

5. Remove the lid. Open the closest window. Do something with the last object (or do nothing with it).

6. Stop the recording.

7. Edit as necessary, and if you wish, share as instructed in the introduction.
Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is interested in amplification, oblique interactions between materials and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. Her particular focus is on low technology, trivial objects and unpolished sounds. She keeps busy with regular battery-powered performances in vacant lots in the southwest of Montréal.
Piece for objects found in the street
By Anne-F Jacques
January 17, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
Optional Admission fee of $10

NAISA invites you to celebrate the 1,000,0057th birthday of Art by making your own recorded interpretation of a new sound art text score by Anne-F Jacques. The score can be realized using a recording device (including a mobile phone) and a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud account). There will be an online workshop by NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland on January 6 and 13 at 7 pm EST to provide some guidance. Send a link of your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca by January 15 by 11:59 pm. Then join in at 7 pm EST on January 17, for a listening party to experience the realizations, including a version performed by Anne-F Jacques.

Program:
I. Piece for objects found in the street by Anne-F Jacques
These instructions suggest a way to perform and record an audio piece using found objects. You will need a recording device (digital recorder, phone, etc) and headphones. The completed piece can either be an audio or video file of 5 minutes maximum, and uploaded to a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud). Share the link to your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca. You can also decide to keep it as a private experiment.

1. Go for a walk. Look around for abandoned or unclaimed objects. You may consider getting yourself a coffee. Bring back:
- a disposable coffee cup
- a dense heavy object
- a long, thin object
- another object of any shape or characteristic that interests you

2. Place the cardboard coffee cup over the microphone(s) of your recorder or phone, covering it/them if possible. You may use one of your hands to keep the cup in place, or find another way of securing it. Start recording.

3. Gently roll the dense object on the cup, attempting to have every face of the object be in contact with every face of the cup (not at the same time).

4. Remove the cup, replace it with the plastic lid secured over the mic. Insert the long thin object in the drinking hole of the lid and slide it in and out.

5. Remove the lid. Open the closest window. Do something with the last object (or do nothing with it).

6. Stop the recording.

7. Edit as necessary, and if you wish, share as instructed in the introduction.
Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is interested in amplification, oblique interactions between materials and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. Her particular focus is on low technology, trivial objects and unpolished sounds. She keeps busy with regular battery-powered performances in vacant lots in the southwest of Montréal.
Sonik Boom
By Janet Rogers
February 6, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration

Origin stories and cosmology stories are important and generational hereditary tales which root us, as Indigenous people, in our identity reaching far beyond any land based migration legends and most certainly lives outside any notion of a land bridge. We know where we come from, and we know to where we will return.

In this online presentation, Janet Rogers will be on hand to present and discuss three of her recent poetic audio works. Presentation will take place over Whereby. Admission fee is optional, but advance registration is required.

Program:
I. Stereo Ribbons by Janet Rogers
Stereo Ribbons was inspired by the announcement that NASA had released a new batch of (space) sounds for public consumption. Reading in their descriptions that some of the sounds were described/labeled as stereo ribbons, I thought this was a lovely title and produced a beautiful visual to think of this sound ribbons floating through space - in their own time, taking their own shapes and traveling or not traveling to whatever destination pleased them.
II. tsi tkaronhya ke by Janet Rogers
tsi takaronhya ke - in the sky - is a sound narrative featuring digital compositions by Haida/Cree musician Kristi Lane Sinclair and Inuit DJ Geronimo Inutiq (formerly known as madeskimo) featuring Sylvia Cloutier produced by Mohawk sound and radio artist Janet Rogers. This sound journey expresses challenges within change and transitional phases. Within Indigenous spiritual teachings and origin stories the sky and or space is where human spirit joins the physical realms and where our spirits also return. Transition almost always includes elements of chaos and confusion before understanding and acceptance is achieved. tsi tkaronhya ke is the sound journey of spiritual transitioning.
III. Sky Woman Falling by Janet Rogers
Two original poems revisiting the Haudenosaunee Creation Story, Sky Woman, with self-produced sounds and original music by Liv Wade.
Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia in 1963 and raised in southern Ontario. Janet traveled throughout 2017-2019 working within numerous residencies in Vancouver BC, Santa Fe NM and Edmonton AB. Janet is based on the Six Nations territory of the Grand River where she operates the Ojistoh Publishing label. Janet works in page poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. She is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and media and sound artist. Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011 “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks 2014 and Totem Poles and Railroads ARP Books 2016, “As Long As the Sun Shines” (English edition), Bookland Press 2018 with a Mohawk language edition released in 2019. “Ego of a Nation” is Janet’s 7th poetry title which she independently produced on the Ojistoh Publishing label 2020. Janet currently serves as the McMaster University and Hamilton Public Library Writer in Residence 2020-2021. Janet and collaborator Jackson Twobears as 2Ro Media. They combine their individual talents and skills along with National Screen Institute training to produce two short documentaries; NDNs on the Airwaves about Six Nations radio (APTN 2016), Moving Voice, a Telus STORYHIVE sponsored digital broadcast 2019 featuring the travels of literary trailblazer and Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson, and The Spirit of Rage a short experimental video poem about anti-racism.
20 Years of Sound and Radio Art
By Anna Friz, James Bailey, Victoria Fenner and Chris Brookes
March 12, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Free audio broadcast on NAISA Radio and Video Conference location issued with advance paid registration by March 11, 2021.
General $10, Students FREE

An online radio art performance marking the 20th Anniversary of New Adventures in Sound Art and the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art. Featured are new radio art works by Anna Friz and James Bailey and radio art works from 2005 and 2011 respectively by Chris Brookes and Victoria Fenner. In between these works there will be reflections and discussions with the artists and others capturing highlights of NAISA’s history.

Program:
I. Un/box: What is to be done with all that remains? by Anna Friz
Solo performance for voice, radiophonic instruments, cottage-built electronics, and various boxes with their stuff.
II. Hava NAiSAnniversary by James Bailey
This is a transmission art performance for interfering radios (with added theremin) created for the 20th Anniversary of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA). There are two separate systems explored in the performance, one using the FM band, and the other using AM (which also incorporates the theremin).

The principle involved is based on the fact that two or more radios, when placed in close proximity, will interfere with each other when tuned in certain ways. One radio is tuned, preferably off-station, somewhere near the upper end of its range. The other nearby radio is tuned downward from that frequency until either a dead spot is reached (i.e. no sound comes from the first) or a whistling tone is heard that will vary according to movement of the other tuning dial. These effects seem to vary according to the quality of the radios involved, but most often the dead spot will occur on the FM band and a third radio is needed to cause an audible tone; with AM, only the tone is heard, though some background noise may be reduced. The theremin is also only effective in the AM range, as the oscillators necessary for its operation are nearest to that band; it is possible to alter the tones produced by the radios simply by “playing” the theremin, and no audio output from it is required.

As is often the case when working with radio frequencies, results are unpredictable and can vary as a result of various conditions. If things work out right, it can be possible to create quite pleasant and even “tuneful” sounds, if only briefly. Not sure that really happened in this particular performance (such things only seem to occur when practising), but I hope at least the potential comes through.
III. After Exile by Victoria Fenner
A piece for CBC Radio based on the poem "After Exile" by the late southwestern Ontario poet Raymond Knister (1899-1932). A conversation on a train returning to a small hometown village. Life, loss, memory. Poem by Raymond Knister, concept by Victoria Fenner, produced by Steve Wadhams for CBC's Living Out Loud. The role of Raymond Knister is played by Edward St. Moritz (Edward Moll).
IV. Writing on Water by Chris Brookes
Read this paragraph. You are navigating through the words by using the rules of grammar. Fine. Now forget grammatical coordinates. We'll try to construct a sound-language by using geographical coordinates instead. That word on the tip of your tongue? Perhaps it's hiding behind the sofa.

Writing on Water was performed by the Deep Wireless Ensemble, a multi-disciplinary collaboration of artists curated by NAISA with stage direction by Mark Cassidy. The performers in 2005 were Chris Brookes, Evalyn Parry, Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson. The video documentation is by Stefan Rose and edited by David Arthur.
Anna Friz is a radio and transmission artist, composer, and media studies scholar. Since 1998 she has created self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also creates large-scale audiovisual installations and composes for theater, contemporary dance, and film. Anna is Assistant Professor of Sound in the Film and Digital Media Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. http://nicelittlestatic.com
James Bailey is an improvising sound artist living in Toronto. His main practice involves found objects and/or electronics as well as standard instruments played in unconventional ways. He is, and has been, involved with several small performance groups during the last twenty years but had been recording solo works for nearly twenty years before that. He produces the weekly radio show "Electric Storm / Missing Sense" on CIUT FM in Toronto every Wednesday at 11 pm.
Victoria Fenner is a Canadian audio artist who has spent the past three decades exploring the medium of sound. In addition to her own sound and radio art works, she has developed many projects and performance events involving radio and sound artists. She also has worked for CBC Radio in many capacities, most notably as a researcher for a special series on the audio art of Quebec for the renowned Radio One program “Outfront”. In recent years, she has transitioned to video, but always with the sound treatment informing and inspiring the visual content. She explored new approaches toward audio and video in her Ontario Arts Council funded project “Seeing Sound”, with Stefan Rose in 2016-17.
Chris Brookes is an audio artist and documentary maker who has crafted audio features for three decades. His productions have won many international awards including the Peabody Award and the Prix Italia. He has also directed documentaries for Canadian network television, is a published author and playwright, and has taught documentary storytelling at workshops in North America and Europe. Before coming to radio, he founded a theatre company and pioneered the use of theatre as a vehicle for community development. Recently he has created locative audio documentaries, experienced on location via smartphone apps with GPS triggering. He lives in Newfoundland, Canada with a traditional fiddler, a cat, and far too many seagulls.
Livestreaming Soundscape Workshop - Part 2 of 2
April 24, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
Reveil
May 1, 2021, 12:00 am to 1:00 am
NAISA Radio and on the Reveil Portal

New Adventures in Sound Art is participating in Reveil: a 24hr+ online broadcast produced by Soundcamp and taking place on May 1st.

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 May 1st 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.

Prior to Reveil, NAISA will be hosting online workshops for those interested in live-streaming soundscapes from their home locations on April 17 and 24. Those interested may also wish to consult the streaming guide prepared by Grant Smith from Soundcamp.

And during Reveil, NAISA Radio will be highlighting from 4 am to 9 am EDT daybreak livestream soundscapes from across Canada.


Apr 17/24 Livestreaming Post-Workshop Payment
May 1, 2021, 11:59 pm
General $10, Post-Workshop Payment Link
World Listening Day 2021: The Unquiet Earth 24 Hour Broadcast
By World Listening Project
Streaming at: NAISA Radio
World Listening Day is a grass roots event that takes place around the world every July 18, the birthday of Canadian soundscape educator and thinker R. Murray Schafer. Led by World Listening Project, NAISA Radio is participating as a broadcast partner along with WGXC Wave Farm. Go to World Listening Project website for the
Digital in Nature
August 14, 2021, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
General $10, Students FREE
In this shared listening gathering join artists Zoe Gordon from Thunder Bay, Keri Latimer from Winnipeg, Helena Krobath from Vancouver and Lucille Kim from Hamilton for the presentation of their recent sound art works curated by NAISA on the theme "Digital in Nature." To participate in the discussion in between pieces please register in advance to receive the online link, or simply tune in to NAISA Radio.

Program:
I. Body Print - Listening to the City Shore by Zoe Gordon
This stereo audio piece is a self portrait that uses digital recording to show the changing state of body, emotions and consciousness. These happen during short but repeated visits to sit and listen to the shore in Thunder Bay.
II. Moth Transmissions by Keri Latimer
This work was originally created for a nature dance piece which explores the Underwing Moth (found all over North America inner mainland) and the Sand Verbana Moth (an endangered species found on Vancouver Island). One is being displaced by human activity and the other is plentiful but considered a pest. The soundscape is a digital exploration of imagined moth transmissions and the haunting sounds of disappearing habitats.
III. Surveillance Drone Hatchlings First Flight by Helena Krobath
What if birds really are space-age surveillance drones, covertly observing? What if reality is fiction? This composition senses the world in fringe theory terms. Although conspiracy theories can seem farcical, the act of accepting a distorted rather than ‘plausible’ explanation of reality is itself an act of profound meaning. This piece uses environmental field recording, home-made instruments, and digital audio processing to blend nature and simulacra, dragging each other -- and listeners -- into a speculative, destabilized paradigm.
IV. Waves of Fortitude by Lucille Kim
“Waves of Fortitude” is a desolate sound piece in which the artist searches for healing while losing connection with the ground under foot. Mechanical repetitions are heard from the beginning relating to how the digital world heavily intertwines or impedes the body as another form of nature.
Mycelium Music
By Tosca Terán (aka Nanotopia)
September 11 - 12, 10-Hour Livestream 6:30AM (EDT) to 4:30PM (EDT)
NAISATube
FREE
Repeat presentation of a live audio-visual experience by Tosca Terán (aka Nanotopia) on NAISA’s Youtube channel of music and images derived from mycelium in the South River area as well as from living mycelium in Nanotopia's Toronto studio. Bio-Sonification modules are used to record biodata and translate that to MIDI in realtime which is brought into analog, semi-modular and digital synths.

Electrodes are placed within living mycelium (mushroom roots) which send the biodata into the bio-sonification modules. The modules detect micro-fluctuations in conductivity between 1,000 to 100,000th of a sec which is then translated into the human audio spectrum via MIDI.

Video captured around Algonquin park is processed using code, Unity and Touch Designer.
I Eat the Stars
By Laurel MacDonald & Phil Strong
November 6, 2021, 7:00 pm
Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration


This performance launches a two year program of new works by Canadian media and sound artists developed in celebration of NAISA’s 20th anniversary. In this YouTube livestream performance of I Eat the Stars (hosted with audience discussion on Whereby) Laurel MacDonald continues her exploration with video-music with settings of poems from Rebecca Elson’s collection A Responsibility to Awe. The performance will also include a screening of Laurel MacDonald and Phil Strong’s Videovoce performance from 2012 which is part of the NAISA 20th Anniversary video collection on YouTube.

I Eat the Stars - Preview Video - 'Constellations'



For her new concert production I Eat the Stars, Laurel has set several poems from A Responsibility to Awe, a book of poetry by Montreal-born astronomer and poet Rebecca Elson (1960–1999). MacDonald says: “Rebecca Elson had an extraordinary power of intellectual and creative imagination in each of the dipolar realms of science and poetry. She recognized the intrinsic link between these realms - that each is essential to and inseparable from the other, as together they define and celebrate the entirety of the human psyche. With I Eat the Stars I am very honoured to be working with this exquisite poetry, endeavouring to express its complex and joyful ideas through my music and visuals.”

I Eat the Stars is the first solo concert production from Laurel MacDonald in over eight years, and will have its full-length premier as part of the 20th Anniversary edition of the NAISA SOUNDplay Festival.

Rebecca Elson’s poems have been used by kind permission of Carcanet Press, Manchester, UK.


Laurel MacDonald & Phil Strong Singer, composer and video artist Laurel MacDonald and sound designer and composer Phil Strong have been combining talents since the 1990s. Their collaborations have included five CDs and many film and dance projects, most recently including music for Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Kaeja d’Dance and for the film documentary You Are Here. Ben Raynor wrote about the duo in NOW Magazine: “lilting, otherworldly vocal experiments and lush, complex arrangements... like the work of some avant-garde dream team”.
SOUNDplay Screening
By Véro Marengère and Tansy Xiao
November 20, 2021, 7:00 pm
Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.
General $10, Students FREE, Online Location Issued after Advance Registration

This screening of new media artworks by Tansy Xiao and Véro Marengère explores relationships between humans and nature. Tansy Xiao’s "Bone and Air" is inspired by juxtaposing sounds of bone conduction (within the human body) and air conduction (receiving sounds via the ears). The video also invites audience members to participate. "Roserade" by Véro Marengère is a videomusic work that is sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself.

Program:
I. Roserade by Véro Marengère
Inspired by new materialism, ecosophy and Haraway’s Chthulucene, the videomusic work "Roserade" evokes a relationship between a desk, a rosebush and a female human. Sometimes frenetic and sometimes contemplative, it proposes a world that deforms without ever completely destroying or building itself. In this entropy the human and nonhuman explore the feeling of being interdependent, in a reality shaped by digital and ecological transformations.
II. Bone and Air by Tansy Xiao
Bone and Air is an audience participatory visual and sound piece that explores the relationship between natural sounds and the human body. The piece was inspired by the idea of the juxtaposition of bone conduction (within the human body) and air conduction (receiving sounds via the ears). The audience members are invited to make certain sounds through the piece according to the graphic score as an ensemble to create a spontaneous heterophony that is unique each time.



Véro Marengère is an emerging audiovisual artist and researcher based in Montreal. She creates artworks that evoke ecosophy and digital intimacy. Inspired by everyday objects, technological cultures, the digital divide phenomenon and human voice, her work takes a critical yet sensitive and playful approach to video and music making.
Tansy Xiao is an independent curator, artist, writer and the founder of Raincoat Society: a non-profit platform that centers the voice of artists with uncategorizable backgrounds. Facilitated with digital sound and visual tools, Xiao creates theatrical installations with non-linear narratives that often extend beyond the fourth wall. Her collaborating organizations include SPRING/BREAK Art Show, NARS Foundation, Radiator Gallery, Residency Unlimited, Fou Gallery, Chazan Family Gallery, Areté Gallery, Brooklyn Art Library, Visible Poetry Project, among many others. Xiao has also been widely published on the multicultural and cross-disciplinary practice of art.