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NAISA presents the 16th annual SOUNDplay Festival

at NAISA North Media Arts Centre, South River, ON
September 22 – November 26, 2017

New Adventures in Sound Art is pleased to launch the 16th edition of the SOUNDplay Festival, September 22 to November 26, 2017. SOUNDplay is a meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media, encouraging new avenues for exploration. SOUNDplay 2017 features an interactive installation by James Kirkpatrick, works Myriam Boucher and Hyperboreal (Dermot Wilson and Jason Brock) and workshops and concert of works by visiting UK/Norway artist Natasha Barrett.

As artists have access to a broader range of tools that allow them to incorporate multiple disciplines and multi-sensory experiences, the question becomes not which discipline these artists work within but rather how they integrate various elements from multiple disciplines into their works. With this year’s edition of SOUNDplay, the presentations feature artists integrating both visual and sound practices into a cohesive and personal artistic language. – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

Soundhackers Intensive with Natasha Barrett

Soundhackers Soundscape Intensive
October 27-29, 2017, $200 + HST (includes accommodation, workshops, concert)
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, ON

The intensive will begin with an artist talk Friday evening by Natasha Barrett, followed by a full day of workshops on Saturday including recording the soundscape at Warbler’s Roost just after dawn, a workshop on monitoring, editing and rendering Ambisonic recordings at NAISA North Media Arts Centre followed by a concert of works by Natasha Barrett using many of the techniques taught during the workshop. On Sunday morning the workshop will conclude with Darren Copeland facilitating any finalization of participants’ works carried out during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer and portable recording equipment. A very limited number of these items will be made available. Please register in advance - space is limited.

Arts Meetups during SOUNDplay

Every Friday night 6 pm - 7:30 pm, FREE
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, ON

Join us every Friday night for a chance hear to artist talks from our guest speakers or participate in an open sound art jam or a DIY workshop. Each week offers something different.

Oct 6: Presentation about Sound Sculptures in Ontario
Oct 13: Screening of Videomusic works
Oct 20: Sound Art Jam
Oct 27: Artist Talk by SOUNDplay Residency Artist Natasha Barrett

Artist Talk with Natasha Barrett
Oct 27, 6 pm, free
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON

NAISA’s new Arts Meetup will overlap on this day with the Soundhackers Intensive with guest speaker will be Natasha Barrett.

'Space' as an aspect of musical structure has influenced my composition for almost 25 years, permeating my approach to the creation of sound installations, acousmatic composition and live performance. The role of ambisonics technologies has become particularly important and in this presentation I will explain some of the ways in which I work with both higher-order synthesised sound-fields and lower-order sound-field recordings.

I will expand on how I attempt to derive spatial-musical structures from real-world environments and from the spatial behaviour of real-world objects. With sound examples I will attempt to show how spatial structures become inseparable from the development of other aspects of the sound material, and how we may connect concepts of point, image and immersion along a continuum of transformations. - Natasha Barrett


The Sound Mods of James Kirkpatrick
Interactive installation by James Kirkpatrick
continues to Nov 26, Thurs, Sat, Sun 10 am - 4 pm, Friday 10 am - 7:30 pm, PWYC
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON

This exhibition of work by graffiti, hip hop and multi-media artist James Kirkpatrick from London, Ontario features his interactive sound sculptures. Mila Petkovic in Metro wrote “Kirkpatrick’s bright and highly detailed work takes its inspiration from science fiction, cartoons and the secret worlds of video games.” Kirkpatrick's sound sculptures are created by circuit-bending, or re-purposing, consumer electronics toys as well as by transforming their visual appearance with his playful and colourful style. These sculptures invite group play and collaboration to create beats, melodies and scratchy textures out of discarded electronic toys.


Poetry in Sound & Image
Performance by Hyperboreal and screening of works by Myriam Boucher
October 14, 7:30 pm, $10
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON

A sense of the poetic can be appreciated in many forms, including sound and image. Included will be two videomusic works by Québec video-sound artist Myriam Boucher, whose poetic use of audio-visual abstraction has been gaining a lot of recent international attention. Following the screening will be a performance by the North Bay duo Hyperboreal comprised of Dermot Wilson and Jason Brock.

ImagineNATIVE 2017: Receptors
presented by ImagineNATIVE
October 20, 3:45 PM, $6
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2, 350 King Street West, Toronto

NAISA is proud to be a presenting partner for the screening program Receptors at the 2017 edition of the ImagineNATIVE Festival. The program includes films made by or with contributions from artists that have been presented by NAISA in the past such as Casey Koyczan and Caroline Monnet.

Imagined Movement
Works by Natasha Barrett
October 28, 7:30 PM, $10 (free for those registered for the intensive)
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON

Natasha Barrett, visiting NAISA from Norway, presents a performance of her recent works He Slowly Fell and Transformed into the Terrain and Involuntary Expression. Barrett has won numerous international prizes for her compelling and evocative works and also for her highly nuanced approach to 3-D spatial design using Ambisonics. NAISA is grateful for the assistance of the Akousma festival in Montreal and the Office for Contemporary Arts of Norway in making this presentation possible.

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Included in its Toronto productions are: Deep Wireless, Sound Travels, and SOUNDplay. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the SOCAN Foundation.

Media inquiries & General information: Nadene Thériault-Copeland, 416-652-5115,
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