NAISA Sound Channel August 2020


Newsletter for August 2020 (Vol.15; Iss. 8)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art June 25 – Sept 21, 2020
2) Sound Travels Installation Exhibitions
3) Collective Listening Reflection
4) Sound Travels Online Comp #1 & Performances

All events below are presented at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON

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1) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

June 25 – Sept 21, 2020

NAISA is proud to announce the 22nd annual edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River.

As arts presentation in Canada continues to undergo transformations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAISA, has also been experiencing transformations into how it can continue presenting its programming. As a result, installations have shifted from indoors to outdoors, concerts and workshops are being hosted over web-conferencing platforms and the first online compilation album is being produced for Sound Travels after fourteen straight albums for the Deep Wireless festival.

The spirit of transformation was in fact in the minds of NAISA’s team prior to the pandemic as it is this year’s theme (chosen a year ago). And each artist in this year’s Sound Travels festival has taken a very personal approach to the theme, as each takes visitors to worlds that blend seamlessly between musical listening and imaginary planes of existence. NAISA staff wishes everyone good health and adventurous listening. – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

Featured this year are outdoor installations by Matthew Rogalsky and Bentley Jarvis, a series of online meetups, the culmination of which will be a Community Soundscape collection for World Listening Day facilitated by Tina Pearson, and the first edition of a Sound Travels compilation album for Soundcloud as well as two online concert events.

2) Sound Travels Installation Exhibits

Octet by Matthew Rogalsky
Continues to August 17, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 11am – 3pm
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Octet is an outdoor sound installation with eight SM58 vocal microphones – wired in reverse to become tiny loudspeakers – and eight modified archival birdsong recordings by William WH Gunn (1951, with permission of the Macaulay Library of Environmental Sound, Cornell University). This sound installation, which re-purposes common stage vocal microphones as tiny loudspeakers – eight of them hanging from the widespread branches of a tree – is part of ongoing research with Laura J. Cameron into the life and work of William W.H. Gunn, early Canadian environmental sound recordist. The piece, situated in a tree, plays with the culture of “soloist” birdsong recording (isolating one bird from its surrounding “noise” as much as possible), the notion of birds as performers, the “reversibility principle” of microphones and loudspeakers, and Gunn’s encouragement of birdsong identification and appreciation through his lectures and the “Sounds of Nature” LP series he produced from the 1950s into the 1970s.

Constant Plancks by Bentley Jarvis
Continues to September 21, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 11am – 3pm
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This digital sound sculpture uses algorithmic composition techniques to create a musical response to traffic noise. The piece listens to the traffic, ponders for a while, then responds by playing an improvised passage through resonant structures. The pitches of the sounds are generated algorithmically according to multiples of Planck’s constant, the quantum of electromagnetic action that relates a photon’s energy to its frequency. The highly resonant structures that produce the electronic sounds are constructed from cedar planks and loudspeakers.

Porch Radio
Continues to September 21, 11am-3pm

Although NAISA North Media Arts Centre is still only providing take out inside, visitors can enjoy NAISA Radio without internet, without computers, and in the open fresh air. Porch Radio opened on May 21st, and is an outdoor listening space on both the side and front porches at 106 Ottawa Ave. with seating for up to 6 people (in order to accommodate social distancing).

Audio Bench / bring your own headphones
Continues to September 21, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 11am – 3pm
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Works from NAISA’s first online Sound Travels compilation are now available for listening at our two picnic tables outdoors. A headphone extension is provided for you to plug in and listen while you enjoy a take out beverage and/or fresh baked goods from the café at NAISA.

3) Collective Listening Reflection

New Adventures in Sound Art hosted a series of online meetups from June 27 to July 18 that encouraged reflection, facilitated soundscape recording and the sharing of perspectives on listening. The initiative was facilitated by Canadian composer-sound artist Tina Pearson who provided a text score to guide a reciprocal approach to listening and environmental sound collection. Soundscapes from participant’s home environments were recorded and uploaded for listening on a project map on radio aporee.

More contributions are welcome. Just download the text score and upload your contribution to aporee. Afterwards, email NAISA and we will add you to the project map and list your contribution on as well.

4) Sound Travels Online Compilation #1 & Performances

Sound Travels Online Compilation #1
Launches June 25, 2020

Online album of electroacoustic sound art, the first edition produced for the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, featuring 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.

Recent Transformations
Two Online Concerts, August 15 and Sept 11 @ 7 pm (EDT or UTC-4)
Admission fee of $10 is optional but registration is required

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. August 15 Concert includes works by Léa Boudreau, Christopher Lock, Matheos & Georgios, Camille Zhang and Juan Carlos Vasquez. September 11 Concert includes works by Massimo Vito Avantaggiato, Sheridan Tamayo-Henderson, Barry Truax and blablatrains (Ana Dall’Ara-Majek/Takuto Fukuda).

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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