NAISA Sound Channel April 2024


Newsletter for April 2024 (Vol.19; Iss. 4)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) NAISA 2024 Call for Submissions on the theme There’s Art In Our Nature
2) Springscape Series
3) Springscape Exhibition, Workshops and Events

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1) NAISA 2024 Call for Submissions on the theme There Is Art In Our Nature

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Categories: Sound Art/Electroacoustic, Sound+Image, Radio/Transmission Art, Interactive Installation

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New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme There Is Art In Our Nature for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2025 programming.

The complexity of the natural world is astounding in its diversity and musical nuance. NAISA is located in a region where the natural world has had many impacts on art making – often cited is the work of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven who travelled to the area for inspiration. What are the acoustic influences of nature on the music making, sonic expression and interactive media taking place today?

Submitted works will be considered for 2 annual awards. Information about the James Bailey Award and the Andra McCartney Mentorship Award as well as past recipients can be found here.

2) Springscapes Series

April 4 – June 17, 2024

Springscapes is an annual series of installations, workshops and live-stream events that highlights the dramatic changes that take place in the natural soundscape from winter to spring. This year’s series also includes a special concert celebrating birth with works by Susan Frykberg and Soft Academy.

“The Re-birth and regeneration of spring is evident in the soundscape, in the budding trees and in the changes in rhythms within communities in the North. These themes will be evidenced in the ever-changing sounds of spring provided by members of the region and included in the surround sound exhibition at NAISA. The transformation of birth and renewal will also be the focus of the special concert on the eve of Mother’s Day as well as in the annual Reveil broadcast which travels the earth on the first weekend in May.” — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

3) Springscape Exhibition, Workshops & Events

April 4 – June 17, 2024
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
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Community Soundscapes
April 13 – June 12, 2024

The spring season is a special time of the year in the Almaguin Highlands as the snow melts, the ice breaks up on the lakes and the arrival of insects and birds is loudly announced by the sounds made by peepers. The Community Soundscapes installation surrounds visitors with these sounds contributed by residents in the local region and updated weekly to reflect sounds of the most recent weeks. Selections of the recordings are playable on the Aporee Sound Map.

Contribute Spring Soundscapes!

NAISA welcomes residents in the Almaguin Highlands to contribute the spring soundscapes from their homes (equipment provided). Please visit NAISA or phone/email to make arrangements.

Soundscape Workshop Intensive
May 3 – 5, 2024
NAISA North Media Arts Centre & Warbler’s Roost, South River
$283 (includes 2 nights accommodation)

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The annual soundscape weekend intensive takes place at Warbler’s Roost, a rural 14-acre property 22 km west of the village of South River, Ontario. This year’s edition will focus on recording, editing and composing – individually and collaboratively – of soundscape compositions, or field recording works, that reimagine dusk and dawn from the springtime sonic environment at Warbler’s Roost. The soundscapes shared from the workshop will provide insights into the fragility of the sonic environment gradually being worn down by anthropogenic (human-generated) sound.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of audio experience and also builds on the experiences of past soundscape intensives as it will include time for participants to compose and collaborate along with time for learning. The skills acquired from the workshop can be applied to sound recording and audio production techniques for a variety of artistic and ecological projects.

May 4, 2024, 00:00 – May 5, 2024, 01:00 (EDT or UTC-4)
Listen on the Reveil Portal or on NAISA Radio

Reveil is a 24+1 hr radio broadcast that follows sunrise around the earth on Dawn Chorus Day, traveling west on live audio streams sent in by live-streamers at daybreak from their locations, creating a collective audit of planetary soundworlds over one earth day. Click here to participate and stream the sounds of daybreak from your location.

Giving Birth – Multi-channel A/V Performance
May 11, 2024, 7:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
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On the eve Mother’s Day, NAISA presents works by Soft Academy and the late Susan Frykberg that reflect on giving birth. Susan Frykberg’s Audio Birth Project from 1996-97 consists of works that centre around interviews with Frykberg’s sisters and mother on the process of giving birth. Simula by Soft Academy is a five movement work that is a reflection on the emotional journey experienced by three Mothers. The Mothers do not know each other, and have never met, yet their experiences are brought together in an inward journey of birth.

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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. NAISA would also like to thank Charles Street Video, Reuten Construction, the Crystal Cave and Gift Shoppe, the Canadian Music Centre and Warbler’s Roost for their sponsorship support of this year’s edition of the Springscapes series.

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Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland, Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
313 Highway 124, South River, ON, P0A 1X0