NAISA Sound Channel February 2024


Newsletter for February 2024 (Vol.19; Iss. 2)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art
2) Deep Wireless Exhibitions
3) Deep Wireless Broadcasts and Hybrid Concerts
4) Deep Wireless Workshops
5) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition
6) Springscapes Series

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1) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art

January 14 – April 1, 2024

NAISA opens the 23rd annual edition of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art on January 14, 2024 on the theme Reimagine with exhibitions, online broadcasts, workshops, a special Art’s Birthday broadcast and the launch of NAISA’s 18th edition of its Radio Art online compilation. All events are presented at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River in the Almaguin Highlands.

“For Deep Wireless 2024, artists have Reimagined the electromagnetic sphere and have considered the sounds of transmission as a musical instrument: from converting solar data into images to uncovering the musical potential of the noise between stations and finally to reimagine the piano as a sound art instrument.” — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

2) Deep Wireless Exhibition

January 14 – April 1, 2024
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Helios 2024
by Dan Tapper
Artist will be in attendance for the opening launch January 14, 2024

Helios 2024 is an interactive sound installation by Dan Tapper that celebrates the sun in its phase of solar maximum. Using solar data gathered from space organizations alongside DIY devices, seen and unseen structures are converted into images and sound, allowing us to reimagine the sun and engage with its energy in new ways. The exhibition combines old and new works from Tapper’s long-term project Turbulent Forms and his practice of capturing cosmic data and converting it into audiovisual installations, physical data objects, digital images, and sound works.

Borderline South River: Collective counter mapping through sonic geographies
by Jessica Thompson

Borderline is a critical mapmaking project that uses sound to illuminate social and economic differences in local geographies. During the exhibition, visitors are invited to contribute to a large-scale soundmap of the Almaguin Highlands by borrowing a toolkit to map sounds in areas of their choice, or by using the Borderline iOS app. The sounds collected will be added to the map on an ongoing basis until the end the exhibition.

3) Deep Wireless Broadcasts

Online Listening and Hybrid Concerts
Concerts are $12
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Ghosts of the Ether
February 24, 2024, 1:00 pm

Works that conjure mysterious presences out of the ether – from pulsars to numbered stations to cultural ghosts of the past – are Included by Cláudio de Pina, Bekah Simms, Rutmeat and Keith de Mendonca.

What exists in the signal?
March 9, 2024, 7:00 pm

The pieces on this concert convey emotions and meaning through the ethereal world of electronic sound and electromagnetic energy. Included are Radio Art works by Martín Rodriguez, Kat Estacio and AJ Cornell.

Deep Wireless 18 Compilation
Launching February 15, 2024

Works on the Deep Wireless 18 Compilation Album ‘reimagine’ the voices and sounds of broadcast transmission and uncover the ghosts of the ether and the latent musicality between station signals. Featured are works from Canada, Portugal and the UK by Bekah Simms, Keith de Mendonca, Cláudio de Pina, Martín Rodriguez, Kat Estacio, AJ Cornell and Rutmeat.

Editions 9 through 17 are available on NAISA’s Soundcloud site and at

Ongoing 24/7

NAISA broadcasts online radio and sound art works 24/7 featuring radio documentaries and soundscapes as well as many thought-provoking podcasts produced by sound artists, including iMMERSE! by Charlie Morrow and Conscient by Claude Schryer.

4) Deep Wireless Workshop

Expanded Sense Online Workshop by Dan Tapper
February 17, 2024, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, $25
Click Here to Register

This second of two workshops, designed and led by media artist Dan Tapper, aims to bridge the gap between technology and perception, offering a hands-on approach to creating tools that unveil the unseen aspects of our environment. Topics to be explored: Understanding Sensor Basics, Creating Sensory Extensions, and Interactive experimentation.

The previous workshop – Space Data Toolkit – bridged sound art and astronomy by leveraging the power of open-source space data. View a video of that workshop.

5) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition Continues

Outdoors at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River

The Decomposing Piano continues to reveal new timbres and shifting tunings by the day and sometimes even by the hour as it decomposes outdoors. A YouTube webcam focused on the piano brings out the soundscape of the main thoroughfare through the piano’s decaying architecture.

6) Springscapes Series

April – May, 2024

Springscapes is an annual series that highlights the dramatic changes in the natural soundscape from winter to spring. Along with celebrating the immersive re-awakening of the Almaguin Highlands with the Community Soundscape Installation and the annual Soundscape Workshop Intensive (May 3-5, 2024), we will be paying tribute on May 11 to the late Susan Frykberg and presenting fixed media pieces from her Audio Birth Project along with an audio-visual performance of Simula by Soft Alchemy (aka apè aliermo) with Kat Estacio.

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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, and Warbler’s Roost for their sponsorship support of this year’s edition of the Deep Wireless Festival.

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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