Chris Brookes is an independent radio (and occasionally television) producer. His documentary features for public radio have won over 30 awards, and have been broadcast in the U.S.A., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, England, The Netherlands and Canada. He has directed and co-produced two television documentaries, and his television writing received a 1998 Gemini award nomination. He is a published author and playwright, and was the founding Artistic Director of the Newfoundland Mummers Troupe Theatre. He has taught storytelling and documentary feature-making at radio festivals and workshops across North America and Europe. His audio art work has been presented at the St. John's International Sound Symposium, Ottawa's SAW Gallery, Amsterdam's Boundless Sound Festival, Oslo's RadioKino Festival, and Radiant Dissonance volume two.
Chris operates the independent production studio Battery Radio at the bottom of the cliff where Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless message in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Marjorie Chan is a writer/performer based in Toronto. Her debut as a playwright was the acclaimed drama China Doll (Nightwood Theatre). She has written several radio dramas for CBC Radio, as well as several short librettos for Tapestry New Opera Works. Other commissioning companies include Deep Wireless (New Adventures in Sound Art), Wu Ming Dance Projects, Crow’s Theatre and Theatre Direct Canada. Her projects slated for the stage in 2008 include the opera Sanctuary Song (with composer Abigail Richardson) for Theatre Direct/Tapestry, as well as a nanking winter for Nightwood Theatre/Cahoots. She is the recipient of a performance Dora and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award.
Peter Courtemanche is a contemporary sound and installation artist from Vancouver. He creates radio, installations, network projects, performances, curatorial projects, and handmade CD editions. In recent performance works (2004 - 2008), the artist uses a variety of gadgets - custom turntables, lamp filaments, wire coils, high voltage ionizers, and VLF receivers.
Chantal Dumas is an audio and radio artist who uses sound to explore new possibilities for narration. Since 1993 she has produced over 23 works for radio as a freelancer; her "stories" have been widely broadcast on public radio and at festivals. She has received awards including EAR International Competition (Hungary) and Phonurgia Nova International (France). Her works can be found on OHM editions and on 326music.
Anna Friz is a sound and radio artist, and a critical media studies scholar. She has performed and exhibited installation works at festivals and venues across North America, Europe, and in Mexico. Her radio art/works have been commissioned by national public radio in Canada, Austria, Germany, Denmark and Mexico, and heard on independent airwaves in more than 15 countries. Anna Friz is a free103point9.org transmission artist, and a doctoral candidate in the Communications and Culture Joint program at York University, Toronto.
Andreas Kahre is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, writer, and musician whose work involves images, sound, and text in many different configurations. He has been involved in the creation of more than a hundred performance projects with theatre, dance, and music ensembles across Canada, with a focus on interdisciplinary, site-related, and performance installation work. Andreas is a regular collaborator with many Vancouver theatre and dance companies, including Rumble Productions, the Electric Company, Radix, Lola Dance, and Karen Jamieson. As a musician, he has collaborated and recorded with, among others, Paul Plimley, François Houle, Lori Freedman, DB Boyko, Amir Koushkani, and the Vancouver Community Gamelan. He has composed scores for dance and theatre, and has performed as a percussionist across Canada and elsewhere, including at the Sound Symposium, the Victoriaville and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, the Frostbite Music Festival, Bumbershoot, and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Andreas is the editor/curator of FRONT Magazine at the Western Front.
After studying philosophy at Sophia (Tokyo) and Waseda universities, Tetsuo Kogawa spent many years in New York City. He taught at Wako University and Musashino Art University and is currently Professor of media experiments at Tokyo Keizai University's Department of Communication Studies. Kogawa introduced free radio movement to Japan, and is widely known for his blend of criticism, performance and activism. He has written over 30 books and numerous articles on radio art, media culture, film, city and urban space, and micro politics. He has shown his artistic and useful workshops to build Mini-FM and microradio transmitters in many cities of Canada, US and Europe. Most recently he has combined the experimental and pirate aesthetics of the Mini-FM and microradio technology with internet streaming media in such projects as "Radio Party", "Translocal Palimpsest", and "Radio Kinesonus". Other sources:The Banff Center, Western Front, Next Five Minutes, Bauhaus University, Kunstradio, Tate Modern, Walker Art Center, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and so on.
Friendly Rich Marsella
Friendly Rich Marsella is a composer from Georgetown, Ontario. Mr. Rich has composed background music for 3 seasons of MTV's The Tom Green Show. He is the leader of the 10-piece cabaret ensemble The Lollipop People. Rich resides in the small 10meg suburban website . Friendly Rich recently produced a children’s radio pilot for CBC Radio entitled “Dr. Calamari’s Cabinet”.
Damiano Pietropaolo is a producer/director, writer, translator, and teacher with an extensive background in senior management in the arts. Damiano was educated at the Universities of Toronto and Florence. While he was working on a Phd in drama, his freelance life as actor, writer and stage director led him to join CBC Radio as a documentary and drama producer. In his 30 year tenure at the CBC Damiano held a variety of positions including the directorships of Radio A&E and radio Drama and Features. In the international arena, he led the development of the Worldplay Group in collaboration with other English-language public broadcasters, through which CBC Radio drama is heard across the globe in the annual Wordplay Festival, now in its tenth year. Damiano has garnered a number of national and international awards for his own work as a documentary and drama producer/director and writer, including the Bnai ‘Brith award for human rights programming, three Gabriels as drama director, and World Medals and Silver Medals at the New York Festivals. Most recently his sound art piece A Red Rocket to the Old World (Deep Wireless 2005) received a special mention at the Prix Italia, Venice, 2006. Damiano has sat on numerous national and international juries, most notably the Prix Futura (Berlin, 1986) and the Prix Ostankino (Moscow, 1996). He is a lecturer/seminar leader at the University of Toronto, where he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels focusing on the dramaturgy of sound in the arts. He is currently an artistic consultant and curator for Luminato, Toronto’s international festival of the arts and creativity.
Neil Sandell is senior producer of CBC Radio’s award winning documentary program, Outfront. A veteran of CBC current affairs programs such as As It Happens, Morningside, Ideas, and Quirks & Quarks, his work has won recognition from the Gabriel Awards, the New York Festivals, Amnesty International Canada, and the Ohio State Awards. Neil Sandell is a renaissance man behind whose quiet, even mysterious demeanour lies a bustling grab bag of former incarnations. Here we have a "Reach for the Top" whiz kid (now pitied by his old team mates with their corner offices and six figure salaries); a former teacher; a former professional photographer; a former playwright. All these past lives unified only by his abiding love for dogs.
Gabe Sawhney (Murmur Toronto) (website)
Gabe Sawhney is a hacker working at the edges of code and culture. He is co-creator of [murmur], a location-specific oral storytelling project that makes accessible the hidden stories of cities in Canada, the US and the UK. He is the co-founder of WirelessToronto, a community group offering free-to-use hotspots in public and publicly-accessible spaces in the city, each featuring its own "hyperlocal" community portal. Gabe is involved with several other web, locative, video and installation projects bridging art, politics and technology. His heart rests firmly with the simple, the intuitive, and the cheap.
TradeMark G (aka Mark Gunderson) (website)
TradeMark G. (aka Mark Gunderson) is a musician and artist perhaps best known as founder of the band The Evolution Control Committee in 1986. He is also behind Burning Man's BMIR 94.5 FM radio and its internet spin-off Shouting Fire. In its 20 year history The Evolution Control Committee's copyright-defying reputation has earned a cease & desist order from CBS for sampling newscaster Dan Rather, but also earned The ECC credit for creating the “Mash-Up” (aka Bastard Pop) genre of music. BMIR broadcasts only one week a year to the 50,000 attendees of the Burning Man festival in the remote and often harsh Black Rock desert of Nevada. TradeMark recently spearheaded the creation of BMIR internet spin-off called Shouting Fire, which broadcasts year-round.
In his compositions, Eldad Tsabary explores intercultural and interreligious subject matter. His works were presented at Carnegie Hall, ISCM, and CCRMA, recorded by the Bulgarian Philharmonic and won prizes and mentions at Bourges, Harbourfront Centre, ZKM, and Madrid-Abierto, among others. He teaches electroacoustics and music technology at Concordia University and at Musitechnic in Montréal.
Jared Weissbrot, SMCI
Jared Weissbrot joined the Soundprint Media Center in 2002 as audio engineer for the documentary series, SOUNDPRINT. Over the past 5+ years (250+ weekly episodes), he has worked with dozens of producers on their audio journalism endeavors. In addition to producing the weekly program, Mr. Weissbrot is also SMCI's Technical Director, and currently serves as the main point of contact between independent producers and the SOUNDPRINT production staff.
Tristan R. Whiston
Tristan R. Whiston has worked in Toronto’s independent theatre community for the past 17 years. His radio documentary Middle C (made for Outfront), won the Premios Ondas award for International Radio and a silver medal at the New York Festivals. As an amateur boxer, Tristan fought in over 40 bouts, competing provincially, nationally and internationally
New Adventures in Sound Art - personnel
Darren Copeland - Artistic Director
Darren Copeland is a soundscape composer, radio artist, sound designer and concert producer. He has studied electroacoustic composition under Barry Truax (Simon Fraser University) and Dr. Jonty Harrison (University of Birmingham). His concert works have received mentions in competitions (Vancouver New Music, Luigi Russolo, Hungarian Radio, La Muse en Circuit, and Phonurgia Nova) and appeared on compilation CD releases (Storm of Drones, Radius #3, DISContact I & II, Lieu - Non Lieu, and Soundscape Vancouver). Rendu Visible, a CD devoted to his work, is available on the empreintes DIGITALes label.
Other works combine his electroacoustic and theatrical backgrounds to break open disciplinary boundaries between electroacoustics, radio art, and theatre. Highlights include the adaptation of August Strindberg's A Dream Play (first radio drama at CBC conceived for broadcast in Surround 5.1), the soundscape documentaries Life Unseen and The Toronto Sound Mosaic, and a DORA nominated soundtrack for Samuel Beckett's That Time.
In addition to composing, he has written articles about listening and environmental sounds for Electronic Cottage, Musicworks, Contact! (CEC), Soundscape: Journal of Acoustic Ecology, and The Journal for Electroacoustic Music (Sonic Arts Network) as well as CD, concert and book reviews for Musicworks, The Whole Note, and Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology.
Has a producer and administrator, fond memories lie with Wireless Graffiti, a live-to-air radio extravaganza in 1993 co-produced by Rumble Theatre and Vancouver Pro Musica. After active histories with Vancouver Pro Musica, the Standing Wave Ensemble, and the Communauté électroacoustique Canadienne/Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) from 1990 to 1996, he now serves on the board of the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology (CASE) and is the Artistic Director for New Adventures in Sound Art.
Nadene Thériault-Copeland - Managing Director
Nadene Thériault-Copeland is Managing Director of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), Business Manager of Musicworks Magazine and Financial Coordinator for Charles Street Video. Nadene is also on the board of directors of the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology. She promotes the dissemination of new and experimental sound art through her work with New Adventures in Sound Art, and recently edited three educational booklets published by NAISA: Radio Art Companion (2002), Sign Waves Companion (2002) and Sound in Space (2003). Nadene received her B.F.A. in Music from York University in 1991 where she studied composition with James Tenney.
Barry Rueger is the NAISA webmaster and helps with the RWB Publicity. Barry has worked with non-profit organizations for nearly 20 years, with a particular focus on non-commercial radio. In the past he has sat on the Board of Appalshop, an Appalachian media arts organization in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and is currently a Board member of The Association of Independents In Radio (AIR). Previously Barry worked at CKCU Radio Carleton in Ottawa, Canada, guiding a major restructuring and financial overhaul. He has also been involved in leadership roles at CFMU, at McMaster University in Hamilton and Vancouver Co-op Radio in Vancouver. In 1996 he managed the National Campus and Community Radio Conference in Hamilton, Ontario.
In recent years Barry has become recognized for his ongoing work with new and emerging community radio broadcasters, and received a "People Who Make A Difference" award from the Community Foundation of Ottawa. He continues to guide and shape the direction of campus and community radio in Canada. He can always be counted on by novice broadcasters to provide guidance on the business of radio.
Barry's free time is spent on his blog Three Squirrels in a Pressure Cooker.