NAISA Sound Channel April 2020


Newsletter for April 2020 (Vol.15; Iss. 4)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) Springscapes Series Apr 2 – May 31, 2020
2) Ongoing Online programming

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1) Springscapes Series

April 15 – May 31, 2020

NAISA’s spring exhibits focus on the rejuvenating sounds of spring in the north. Now called Springscapes, this series of exhibits, performances and workshops explores the dramatic changes that take place in the natural soundscape of the Almaguin Highlands from winter to spring. This inaugural edition features an International broadcast stream of dawn soundscapes from around the world as well as online meetups and a virtual concert performance. Stay tuned for more events to be announced soon.

“The transformation of the natural soundscape from winter to spring is a distinguished feature of living in the Almaguin Highlands. NAISA’s new Springscapes series is inspired by this dramatic shift and provides artists with a context within which to engage in the creation of art works that not only focus on natural sounds but expresses this transformation in insightful ways.” – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

Please Note: Events previously announced a month ago on Akimbo have been altered or postponed. The exhibit My Place Here and Now and the Screening Hand-made Muskoka Films have been postponed to November. The Soundscape Workshop Intensive is cancelled.


Live-streaming Soundscape Meetups
April 15, 18 and 22, 2020

NAISA staff have created a series of virtual meetups designed to prepare those interested in participating in the upcoming Reveil Dawn soundscape broadcast on May 2-3, 2020 (see info below).

How to Livestream Your Soundscape
April 15, 2020 at 2 and 8 pm
Registration required
$10 workshop fee is optional

This virtual Workshop meetup is designed to prepare those new to soundscape recording and live-streaming with the information and skills necessary to participate in the Reveil soundscape broadcast on May 2-3, 2020. All levels of ability and experience are welcome. Choose preferred time-slot and specify this when registering.

Introduction to Reveil
April 18, 2020 – 8 am (UTC -4) (hosted by Soundcamp)

REVEIL relays the sounds of live-to-air open microphones located on the Locus Sonus soundmap, Cyberforest programme, LIDO deep water hydrophone observatory, Biom Open Microphone network, and elsewhere. Members of the artist collective Sound Camp will host this meetup and provide guidance helpful to those wishing to participate in the Reveil broadcast for the first time.

Streaming Your Soundscape on Locus Sonus
April 22, 2020 at 2 and 8 pm
Registration required
$10 workshop fee is optional

This virtual Workshop meetup will expand on the first session and also teach you how to upload your stream to Locus Sonus, which will be the source from which daybreak soundscape streams will be chosen for the Reveil broadcast May 2-3, 2020. Choose preferred time-slot and specify this when registering.

Dawn Soundscape Broadcast
May 2-3, 2020

NAISA is inviting Canadians to participate in an online live broadcast of their local dawn soundscape and share this with an international community. The broadcast is produced by Soundcamp for Reveil: a live, mobile survey of planetary soundscapes lasting one earth day and tracking the sunrise west from microphone to microphone. It begins at 5 am in London (UTC +1) on May 2, travelling the globe until reaching London again at 6 am on May 3. The Reveil schedule will bring together microphones located in open windows, rooftops, gardens, forests and underwater as well as electromagnetic sites. The broadcast works with the Locus Sonus network to share sounds, ecologies and atmospheres as part of an emerging Acoustic Commons.

Gesture and Transformation
an online Concert of works by David Eagle
with a performance Jordan Wyshniowsky
May 30, 2020 @8pm $10

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.

2) Ongoing online programming

Despite the physical doors of the NAISA North Media Arts Centre remaining closed to the public as a cautionary measure due to COVID-19, NAISA’s doors to the online world are always open and we recommend the following programs, which provide extensive and expansive listening for those who are restricted to their home but with internet access:

Cross Waves
Cross Waves is a Canadian Sound Art series of eight online radio programs curated and produced between 2014 and 2016 by Canadian media artists Chantal Dumas, Steve Bates, Peter Courtemanche, Janna Graham, Christof Migone, Anna Friz, Jason Ryle and Eleanor King. Each of the eight radio programs are accompanied by an essay and liner notes written by the curators. Cross Waves was produced with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Deep Wireless Radio Art Compilation
The Deep Wireless Radio Art Compilation has been produced since 2003 and includes 14 editions that are all available online. They feature Canadian and International radio artists curated by NAISA from its annual themed calls for submissions. A wide range of styles and genres are included.

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 has been on the air since 2014 and it often features artist profiles and archival performances from NAISA’s sound art programming in South River, Ontario and (prior to June 2017) Toronto. New editions are broadcast the 2nd Saturday of every month at 11 am and repeated on the following Friday at 3 pm.

NAISA Radio streams radio art / sound art 24/7. Have a listen anytime, anywhere.

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New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of sound art. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland, Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON, P0A 1X0