Special broadcasts on NAISA Radio Ongoing throughout May
NAISA continues to broadcast radio and sound art 24/7 with added special broadcasts throughout the month of May as part of NAISA's Deep Wireless Festival.
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DW 9 RADIO ART online album
The Deep Wireless 9 online album produced by NAISA as part of the 12th edition of the annual Deep Wireless Festival was curated by Darren Copeland from the submissions received on the theme Sonic Geography in the fall of 2012. Curated by Artistic Director: Darren Copeland; CD Illustraions: Prashant Miranda
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DW 9 RADIO ART online album Notes
1/ Bora by Vanessa Sorce-Lévesque 11:25
Inspired by a catabatic wind of the Adriatic sea, the bora. Elaborated with many sounds from different travels around Europe, and South America in the year of 2011. «Travel is like a wind: you run off, and come home as if a squall had taken over your life».
Vanessa Sorce-Lévesque entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Yves Daoust and completed her bachelor’s with Martin Bédard. She currently is finishing her master’s, where she is currently working on developing her own language, very much inspired by travel and Northern spaces.
2/ Diskonacht by Greg Dixon 4:31
Diskonacht (2011) is a companion piece to another one of my works, Disconnect (2009). The compositional process in both of these works involves mining recordings from my past. These samples are then edited, processed, and recontextualized into a new stylized work. Disconnect employed a very broad time period of samples from over 10 years, while Diskonacht utilizes recordings made within approximately 2 years (2009-2011). A few samples from Diskonacht were created by several of my colleagues at the Orford Sound Art Workshop in 2009.
Greg Dixon holds a Ph.D in music composition from the University of North Texas where he specialized in computer music. From 2006-2010 he worked at UNT as a composition teaching fellow, recording engineer, and technical assistant for the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI). He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Engineering Technology from Ball State University in 2003, followed by a master’s degree in composition in 2005. His music has been performed internationally at conferences including ICMC, SEAMUS, PdCon, EMM, and performed as part of ÉuCuE’s and Vox Novus’ concert series.
3/ XRF by Karin Senff 4:49
Composed from the sounds generated by an X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer, XRF creates a conceptual model of the sub-atomic interactions that take place during sample analysis, where the action of an electron splitting from its atom can be read as a vital fracture of the most fundamental bonds of life.
Karin Senff graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Sound and Music Design and is a core member of Sydney media-arts collective Triangulate. With a keen interest in soundscape ecology, bioacoustics and spatial audio practices, her work focuses on multi-channel electro-acoustic composition and interactive design. http://triangulate-collective.com/
4/ Her Deepness by Sarah-Leith Izzard 5:21
Inspired by oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s record breaking deep-sea dive in 1979, 'Her Deepness / And Then She Stepped Into The Abyss' combines manipulated field-recordings sourced from deep sea research units, and acousmatic sound sources, to explore the tradition of sonic storytelling – creating a ‘cinema of the mind’ without the traditional verbal cues.
The intention of this piece is to evoke an intense and immersive sense of place – both real and imagined, physical and psychological. From the surface the listener descends alone into darkness, bioluminescent creatures appear and a psychological transformation occurs as ‘she’ goes deeper.
Lyrics from The Tempest by W. Shakespeare.
Sarah-Leith Izzard was born in New Zealand and is now based in Sydney, Australia. A graduate of both the Elam School of Fine Art in Auckland New Zealand, and the University of Technology Sydney, her work focuses on using sound, spatialization and interactivity to challenge and extend perceptions of reality. For more information go to triangulate-collective.com
5/ Bruno, September by Dominique Ferraton 15:24
Bruno, September was completed during a month-long residency at the Bruno Arts Bank in Saskatchewan. Wandering the streets, fields and gravel roads in and around Bruno, I collected sounds every day and spoke to residents about noises they like and dislike. Using a combination of field recordings and voice, this piece recreates and interprets the soundscape of a small agricultural town while investigating how sounds affect us and how they can change our perception of a place.
Dominique Ferraton is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. Her work explores our environment and our relationships with it: how we transform the places we inhabit, how we are affected by them, and the correspondences or contradictions between "natural" and manufactured landscapes. www.dominiqueferraton.ca
6/ Braden Reputation by Carmen Braden 7:46
Braden Reputation is centred on a belief that when a particular set of temple bells are rung, the reputation of the ringer spreads as far as the sound. The sounds are transformed through frequency isolation as the listener goes deeper into layers of metal, voice, and weather.
Carmen Braden is a composer and performer from Yellowknife, NWT. She writes contemporary music for traditional instruments as well as electroacoustic works. Carmen has a passion for environmental sound, acoustic ecology, jazz and choral music.
7/ Rabble Rousers by Sarah Boothroyd 28:00
Touching on ethics, justice, democracy, and global citizenship, Rabble Rousers explores the notion of protest as a spontaneous installation of improvised music in public space. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Rabble Rousers features field recordings of protests from around the globe – including many culled from the Occupy Movement – as well as Creative Commons contributions from Random Coil, Pleq, Papercutz, Carlos Lemosh, Marcus Fischer, Upsteria, Erstlaub, Aurastore, Aos Crowley (Matt Dean), Pocka (Brad Mitchell), Matthias Kispert, and the Prelinger Archives.
The audio work of Canadian Sarah Boothroyd has been featured by broadcasters, festivals and galleries in over 25 countries. She has won awards from Third Coast International Audio Festival, New York Festivals, the European Broadcasting Union, and La Muse En Circuit. Her website is www.sarahboothroyd.com.
8/ Tramóia by Heitor de Souza Dantos Neto 1:38
This is a cliche thing: sound is universal. What do you see when you hear? What do you hear when you see? What did you hear that is still here? Asking all of these questions will help you to see the true (instead the cliche) thing: we are made of sound.
Heitor de Souza Dantas Neto started his career as a musician and teacher of guitar and music theory in 2001.In 2004, he joined the Federal University of Bahia studying composition. In 2007 he launched independently his disk "sour Studies Vol I" which placed second in Prix London Burning (RJ). In the same year he completed the course Fundamentals of Audio and Acoustics in IAV (SP) and since then he has been producing, recording and mixing albums, soundtracks for dance, theatre and cinema advertising and making live PA events.
9/ Daughter of the Wind by Lin Culbertson 2:58
Daughter of the Wind is composed of various field recordings created during the height of Hurricane Sandy in New York City October 2012. The recordings of hurricane winds have been filtered and layered to form a violent polyrhythmic sound rendition of the forces of nature. The destruction wrought by the storm is described by various television broadcasters as the events unfold in real time. Daughter of the Wind portrays a collision of man and nature in the form of soundscape, and highlights the dangers of extreme weather in our rapidly warming environment.
Lin Culbertson is a musician and sound composer based in New York City. She is a founding member of the improvisational unit White Out and has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, William Winant, and C Spencer Yeh among others.
10/ Transmitter/Receiver by D. Burke Mahoney 2:46
As static, frequencies, signals and transmissions are layered on top of one another they create a landscape that is almost as desolate as it is populous.
D.Burke Mahoney is a Montreal born, Toronto based sound artist. All of his work is recorded live.
11/ Annapurna Pastoral - One Hundred Springs by Iain Armstrong 14:35
Opening – Ascent – One Hundred Springs – Turning the Wheel of Dharma – Closing
‘Annapurna Pastoral’ is a meditation on the Himalayan soundscapes of Annapurna. The work, a loose narrative of a pilgrimage to Muktinath (also known as Chumig Gyatsa the site of 'One Hundred Springs'), tries to capture the peaceful, pastoral nature of these remote locations while referencing the deep-rooted spiritualism that the Himalaya inspire. Subverted references to the musical pastorale can be heard in the sound of the bansuri, sarangi and the use of drones.
The field recordings were made in the Annapurna region, Nepal 2007.
Iain Armstrong is a composer, sound artist and performer based in Birmingham, UK. He creates works for fixed media that receive presentations at concerts and festivals both in the UK and internationally. He is a co-director of SOUNDkitchen, a composer collective dedicated to promoting artists working in the field of sound. http://iainarmstrong.net http://soundkitchenuk.org
12/ ES6 by Devin Ashton-Beaucage 8:32
ES6 was conceived in 2009, in Montreal. The prime objective of the piece was to explore spatialization. Recordings of small and discrete sounding objects were made to contrast with much wider and recognizable soundscapes taken from Quebec's Charlevoix region. By trying to smoothen the transitions between these two very different sources, the piece became a sort of study of morphological comparisons.
Devin Ashton-Beaucage is a Montreal based composer. He has earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Montreal where he has studied instrumental and electroacoustic composition. He has worked as a composer, sound designer and editor on various film and video projects.
13/ Chants Migratoires by Jullian Hoff 10:10
Chants migratoires is inspired by surrealism. Its journey contrasts aerial views with terrestrial activity, mechanical monsters with tiny singers (witnesses to the tumult). Across the vast spaces it suggests, these elements transform, mimic, quarrel and harmonize with each other.
Jullian Hoff was born in Metz, France, in 1980. He developed his first writing electroacoustic techniques using digital tools since 1997. Later, he studied jazz and classical guitar and finally electroacoustic composition at the University of Montreal, the city where he has lived since 2009. He was awarded at the JTTP competition of the C.E.C and at the Musicacoustica competition (Beijing).
14/ Liçoes dos Antepassados (Lessons from the Ancestors) by Steve Peters 30:30
This work was created in July 2011 during a three-week Binaural artist residency in Nodar, Portugal. It was presented in the village chapel as a four-channel audio installation. Thanks to all Binaural staff and performers.
You hear: chapel bells from the villages of Nodar, Sequeiros, Além do Rio, Ameixiosa, Covas do Monte, Macieira, Rompecilha, and São Martinho das Moitas; whispered names found in village cemeteries; spoken common names of local flora and fauna, and their sung Latin names; field recordings corresponding to the liturgical hours.
Speaking voices: Luis Costa, Ines Henriques, José Henriques, Carina Martins. Singing voice: Manuela Barile. Bells, field recordings, production: Steve Peters
Steve Peters creates music and sound for many occasions and contexts using field recordings, found objects, electronics, instruments, and voices. He is a member of the Seattle Phonographers Union and runs the Wayward Music Series at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle.