Audio Art in Ottawa Canada

Subject: Audio Art in Ottawa Canada
From: Victoria Fenner (
Date: Tue Jul 20 1999 - 20:58:59 EDT

Artists Converge
in Ottawa and the Valley
to Reinvent the Soundscape

Ever thought of traffic sounds, a waterfall, or voices on the street as
works of art? From August 21st to September 4th, artists from across
Canada will be converging on Ottawa and the Valley to record local
sounds and turn them into new audio artworks.

A whole series of workshops, retreats, concerts and performances are
being planned to encourage artists and would-be artists to create new
forms of sound art. Guest artist facilitators will be:

Hildegarde Westerkamp, an internationally renowned audio artist and
electroacoustic composer based in Vancouver. Her compositions deal with
the acoustic environment, with urban, rural or wilderness soundscapes;
with the voices of children, men and women; with noise or silence; music
and media sounds; and with sounds of different cultures. Hildegarde has
traveled to many cities and countries to perform and teach, including
Brazil, Germany, India and most recently, Jerusalem. She has composed
film soundtracks, and many sound documents for radio including community
radio and the CBC.

Michael Waterman, audio artist in residence at Trent Radio,
Peterborough. He has created many interactive and improvisational radio
art programs including radio-guided sound walks and live international
audio links with artists in Winnipeg and Los Angeles. Michael is a
founding member of the audio collage band "Mannlicher Carcano", whose
members are primarily interested in low-fi media. Their witty "garage
band" style improvisations exploit everything from portable record
players to the incomparable 1970 woodgrain Casio keyboard, and the
Optigan (an early sound sampler).

Events include:

Bells and Whistles Saturday August 21 and Sunday August 22 National
Library of Canada, Room 156, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm A two day sound art
workshop designed to encourage artists in all disciplines to use sound
in creative non-traditional ways. For example, visual artists wanting
to use sound sculpture in a gallery, sound poets using "found sound",
radio artists wanting to explore new ways of composing radio programs
artists of all types wanting to explore sound in an art context are
welcome. Registration fee: $50 for 2 day workshop. Join us!
Registrations still being accepted.

Full Moon Over Killaloe Sunday, August 29th to Saturday September 5th
Killaloe Fairgrounds, Killaloe, Ontario A week long retreat of
soundwalking, sound workshops and concerts, independent creative time
and collaborative time with other artists working to develop new sound
art pieces. People of all skills levels are encouraged to attend,
including beginners. Registration fee: $200, which includes meals and
rustic campground accommodation (BYOT - bring your own tent). There's
still space -- register now!. Beginners and seasoned audio artists alike
are welcome.

Ottawa Soundscape Contest - "Radiant Dissonance" To celebrate and
document the sounds of Ottawa at the turn of the Millennium, we are
creating a special artwork composed entirely of Ottawa sounds. Send us
a sound on tape which defines the spirit of Ottawa. The person who
submits the most original sound will receive a free registration to
"Bells and Whistles". All submissions will be incorporated into the
finished artwork. Deadline for submissions: Friday August 6th. Send
submissions c/o CKCU, 517 Unicentre, 1125 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa K1S

Public Performances

Thursday September 2nd, 7:30 pm, Killaloe Fairgrounds - Join the Full
Moon participants and the Killaloe community for a benefit concert for
CHCR, Killaloe's community radio station. Stay around after the concert
to take part in one-of-a-kind sound art jam session led by Michael

Friday, September 3rd, 7:30 pm, Killaloe Fairgrounds - Wrap-up sound art
concert, 7:30 pm Killaloe Fairgrounds. The artists of Full Moon Over
Killaloe will share the sounds they've been creating all week. Hear the
Ottawa Valley as you've never heard it before.

These audio art events are presented by the Canadian Society for
Independent Radio Production in partnership with CKCU 93.1 Ottawa; Trent
Radio 92.7 Peterborough; and 102.9 FM CHCR Homegrown Community Radio in
Killaloe. With thanks to the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton;
the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council for funding support.

For further information, contact: Victoria Fenner 613-725-9799 until
Jul. 29, thereafter at 613-274-4441

John Muir Trent Radio 705-748-1777


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