NAISA Sound Channel December 2022


Newsletter for December 2022 (Vol.17; Iss. 12)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) SOUNDplay Festival
2) SOUNDplay Installation Exhibitions
3) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition
4) Deep Wireless Festival of Transmission & Radio Art
5) NAISA’s 20th Anniversary Online Video Collection

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1) SOUNDplay Festival

October 14, 2022 – January 30, 2023
NAISA North Media Arts Centrse, 313 Highway 124, South River
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SOUNDplay is NAISA’s annual fall festival of sound and media art. This year’s edition rounds out a one year exploration of the theme Digital in Nature with installations, performances and a workshop.

“This year’s SOUNDplay Festival provides audiences with access to digital immersions into the sonic and visual textures of natural environments. The approach is multi-disciplinary as always with SOUNDplay — the artists presented use written diaries, poems, photography, video, sound recording, and music composition in their highly personal, and sometimes political, responses to human interactions with the natural world.” — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

2) SOUNDplay Installation Exhibitions

NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River
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Details can be found here

Tree Earth Sky by Wild Empathy
& The Sound of Tree Rings by Simon Lysander Overstall
December 22, 2022 – January 30, 2023

Tree Earth Sky is a VR experience that invites visitors to look and listen to the underground mycelium network and its connected old-growth grove of trees on Vancouver Island, in 8K definition with ambisonic audio. Sound of Tree Rings is a generative musical work composed from the tree rings of ‘tree cookie’ originating from an old growth cedar tree in Stanley Park (Xwayxway) downed in the windstorm of 2006.

The Vancouver-based Julie Andreyev, artist-researcher-educator, and composer-media artist Simon Lysander Overstall have been collaborating on a variety of ecologically focused new media and sound works, since 2004. They co-lead research-creation projects, recently Wild Empathy—immersive art exploring old-growth trees and ancient forests—and currently Branching Songs, sound art that listens to trees for the forest.

Videomusic Installation – Immersions and Resonances
December 22, 2022 – January 30, 2023

Spending time immersed in nature can bring to the surface evidence of not just what is visible or audible in nature but what is unspoken or unseen in the consciousness of the perceiving individual. This program of videomusic works contains reflections on the natural spaces encountered by artists of a variety of disciplines. Included on the program is KippenHeimWeiler by Raphaël Néron, breathwatersoundscannon by Iddo Aharony and Arom Choi, and a new NAISA anniversary commission, Space_03 by Hector Centeno.

3) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition

December 8, 2022 and onwards

NAISA staff have created an outdoor exhibition that includes the documentation of the transformation of sound and the natural deterioration that occurs when a piano is left outdoors until its final ruin.

The Decomposing Piano installation is a semi-permanent outdoor installation exploring the effects of the Northern Ontario climate on an upright piano. Lately there has been interest among arts organizations in the phenomena of the Ruined piano. A ruined piano is a piano left outside in a natural environment for an extended period of time (see for further insights). This project is starting at the stage where the piano currently is still playable despite some tuning deficiencies, but over time will become more and more difficult to play. However, in the gradual “decomposition” of the piano over time, new sounds will be uncovered with the aid of contact microphones and subtle forms of material born amplification. Through its entire decomposition process, the public is invited to play the piano and experience its transformation over the next year to 2 years.

4) Deep Wireless Festival or Radio & Transmission Art

February 2 – March 27, 2023

NAISA is proud to announce the 22nd annual edition of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art with installations, performances, radio programs being transmitted from and hosted at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River.

5) NAISA’s 20th Anniversary Online Video Collection

Past Deep Wireless, SOUNDplay and Sound Travels performances are included in NAISA’s 20th anniversary video collection.
Watch the YouTube Playlist Here.

New Releases:
Space_03 by Hector Centeno, 2022 SOUNDplay Performance from November 2022 commissioned by NAISA.
I Eat the Stars by Laurel MacDonald, 2021 Online Performance for SOUNDplay Festival commissioned by NAISA.
Sound Can Fly for sound can and sound man by Neil Cadger & Steve Heimbecker, Toronto Island Performance in August 2005 during the Sound Travels Festival.

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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
313 Highway 124, South River, ON, P0A 1X0