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Upcoming Performances

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 their performance visit NAISAtube on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_VoGwjl2YA