NAISA Sound Channel July 2024


Newsletter for July 2024 (Vol.19; Iss. 7)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art
2) Sound Travels Exhibitions
3) World Listening Day Events
4) Laurier Woods SOUNDwalk
5) Sound Art Workshops
6) Decomposing Piano Exhibition

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1) Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

June 20 – September 23, 2024
All events at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River
unless otherwise indicated

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) launches its 26th edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art with summer-long events that include indoor and outdoor exhibitions, SOUNDwalks, Sound Art Workshops, weekly Open Improvs, and special World Listening Day events on July 18.

“This year’s Sound Travels festival invites visitors to listen for hidden structures and relationships in seemingly unrelated, even chaotic events. Works in the festival reimagine the relationship of chaos and order in the auditory experiences we encounter both in art and in everyday life.” — Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art

The Sensation of Distribution by Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters

2) Sound Travels Exhibitions

June 20 – September 23, 2024
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Sixteen Chimes by Alexandre Klinke
Sixteen Chimes is a sound art installation that features 16 chime bars, controlled electronically by a custom-made circuit. By placing the chimes in different parts of the gallery, the installation emphasizes the spatial nature of sound, and its interplay with distinct acoustic spaces. The generative aspect of the piece is determined by the irregular beats that each chime makes, repeating every 1 to 25 seconds, which can be modified by people in the audience from a knob located with each chime. The result is an ever-changing composition that is affected by the audience’s interaction with the piece.

The Sensation of Distribution by Mitchell Akiyama and Brady Peters
The Sensation of Distribution connects the exploration of acoustic pipe resonance with a more domestic vernacular. Mounted on NAISA’s exterior walls to impersonate furnace vents and erupting from the ground, The Sensation of Distribution re-invites visitors to explore the unnoticed or imminent sonic and aesthetic potential of our built environment.

Borderline (Almaguin Highlands): 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. Visitors to the NAISA North Media Arts Centre are invited to contribute to a large-scale soundmap of the Almaguin Highlands by borrowing a toolkit to map sounds in one of the villages of their choice, or by using the Borderline mobile iOS app. Click here to download the app.

3) World Listening Day Events

Including Roots That Braid Themselves
July 18, 2024, 7:00 pm
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
Tickets $12 – Get Tickets

Every year NAISA joins a global community that celebrates World Listening Day which occurs on the birthday of the late Canadian composer, educator and writer R. Murray Schafer. This year the event is coordinated on the theme Listening to the Weave of Time. NAISA’s celebration will include an Ambisonic soundscape work by Edmonton sound and new media artist Shawn Pinchbeck as well as a site-specific performance of Roots That Braid Themselves by Métis multi-disciplinary artist Christine Charette. The event begins with a SOUNDwalk through the lakeside forests on the Warbler’s Roost property led by NAISA Executive Director Nadene Thériault-Copeland.

4) Laurier Wood SOUNDwalk

August 17, 2024, Time TBD
Laurier Woods, North Bay. Meet in the Parking lot at the end of Brule Street (just off Franklin Street)

Go on a SOUNDwalk and explore the sounds of Laurier Woods during the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival with NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland. The Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival is a day long event organized each year by the Friends of Laurier Woods, North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, and the Nipissing Naturalists Club.

5) Sound Art Workshops

July 27 and August 24, 2024, 1 – 4 pm
Advance registration required

In these workshops with NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland, you will learn how to record your voice, make short field recordings, edit your recordings and share your final creation at the end of the workshop. No experience with audio is necessary. Advance Registration required – limited capacity. Workshop can be taken once or for multiple times.

6) NAISA’s Decomposing Piano Exhibition and Events

Open Improv – Every Sunday at 2 pm, July 8 – August 26, 2024

The Decomposing Piano has been transforming outside the NAISA North Media Arts Centre since December 2022. It continues to reveal new timbres and shifting tunings by the day and sometimes even by the hour. A YouTube webcam focused on the piano brings out the soundscape of the main thoroughfare through the piano’s decaying architecture. Starting on July 8th, NAISA will be hosting Sunday afternoon jam sessions using the Decomposing Piano which will be facilitated by NAISA Executive Director and pianist Nadene Thériault-Copeland.

Listen here to performances on the Decomposing Piano.

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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