NAISA Sound Channel October 2022


Newsletter for October 2022 (Vol.17; Iss. 10)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) SOUNDplay Festival
2) SOUNDplay Installation Exhibitions
3) SOUNDplay Workshop
4) SOUNDplay Performances and Screenings
5) NAISA’s 20th Anniversary Online Video Collection

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1) SOUNDplay Festival

October 14, 2022 – January 16, 2023
NAISA North Media Arts Centrse, 313 Highway 124, South River

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
Pay By Donation
Details can be found here

Tree Earth Sky by Wild Empathy
& The Sound of Tree Rings by Simon Lysander Overstall
November 10, 2022 to January 16, 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
November 10, 2022 to January 16, 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) SOUNDplay Workshop

October 15, 2022 10am – 4pm
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River
Workshop with no accommodation: General $55, Students $30
Workshop with 2-nights Accommodation: $160 / $135
Workshop Pre-Registration Required
Register here

Branching Songs by Julie Andreyev and Simon Lysander Overstall

Branching Songs is a one day workshop that opens creative pathways connecting with trees and the natural world, by combining acoustic ecology methods with audio technologies. The workshop will take place in the forested areas of Warbler’s Roost (on Deer Lake in Lount Township) and is designed to enhance your awareness of trees using your senses, mind’s eye communication, listening and multi-species creativity. Participants will be introduced to the creative world of trees and their connected mycelium network. They will listen to the unique features of trees using unaided and amplified listening techniques, and then collaborate with trees to create sound art, using contact microphones, geophones, improvisation and performance methods. Participants should bring their own over the ear headphones and SD card (or micro-SD with adapter). NAISA will provide additional equipment as necessary.

4) SOUNDplay Performances

October 14 & November 12, 2022, 7:00 pm
Admission $12
Details can be found here

Shoreline Listening
October 14, 2022, 7:00pm
Warbler’s Roost, 3785D Eagle Lake Road, South River

A program of soundscape works that are all inspired from listening experiences at different shorelines around the world. The works draw from personal diaries, songs, sound explorations and the joy of field recording in their compositions. Featured as part of these works is Zoe Gordon’s Sound Diary 21, Deirdre Morrison’s Closer, Closer by Deirdre Morrison and Pete Stoller’s Cullykhan Water.

Immersions and Resonances
November 12, 2022, 7:00pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 313 Highway 124, South River

Hector Centeno presents a new work Space_02 commissioned in honour of NAISA’s 20th anniversary along with works from the Immersions and Resonances videomusic collection. Space_02 is derived from processing photogrammetry, spatial audio (ambisonic) and still images that were captured during a period of attentive immersion and observation conducted by him at Warbler’s Roost in South River. The materials captured are used to create a photorealistic virtual place composed of 3D geometry and reactive spatial audio.

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:
Inductance.03 by Hector Centeno and Tetsuo Kogawa, recorded May 2012 at Theatre Direct’s Wychwood Theatre, Toronto during the Deep Wireless Festival.
I Eat the Stars by Laurel MacDonald, 2021 Commissioned Online Performance from October 2021 from the SOUNDplay Festival.
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