SOUNDplay Festival

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Country and Region CanadaOntario
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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Festival Description

New Adventures in Sound Art is pleased to launch the 8th edition of the SOUNDplay Festival, October 3 to November 7, 2009. A meeting point for experimentation in sound art and new media encouraging new avenues for exploration, SOUNDplay 2009 features interactive installations, performances, screenings and workshops/artist talks.

“In a world where technological advancement is seen as being the way to move forward, sound artists are continually challenged to reevaluate their artistic practice in the light of changing technologies. This year’s SOUNDplay uses the theme of ecology as a starting point for exploring new approaches to artistic creation as artists play with the possibilities of sound in relation to other artistic media and sensory experiences.”
Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

Festival Dates October 27 - November 1, 2013
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Programming 2009:
  • October 3-4, 7:00pm - 7:00am, FREE
    • Sound(e)scape curated by Darren Copeland
      The NAISA Space (No. 252)
      Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
      Sound(e)scape is an immersive experience that surrounds the participant with the sounds of water, air, and natural soundscapes from around the world curated by NAISA’s Artistic Director Darren Copeland. The works will be spatialized live with NAISA’s unique realtime spatialization controller and software by Andrew Stewart, Hector Centeno and Darren Copeland and will include performances of works by the collective who will use this occasion to launch a six month residency at the NAISA Space.
  • October 3-4, 7:00pm - 7:00am, FREE (continues to October 25)
    • Tree(ipod)installation by Jane Tingley
      The Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts (No. 170)
      Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
      Tree(ipod)installation evokes the possibility of developing technologies that are nature-centric rather than human-centric in order to breath life back into the idea of an enchanted forest. The installation invites the viewer to walk through an environment, where the location of the body as it moves through the installation space triggers new auditory experiences for both plant and viewer.
  • October 8, 2009 (8:00pm) $15/$10
    • Jean Piché Retrospective (1999-2009)
      Video music Presentation @ Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts, Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie No. 170, Toronto
    • Plus October 9, 2009 (7:00pm-10:00pm) FREE
      During the James Street North Art Crawl @ The Factory, Hamilton Media Arts Centre, 126 James Street North, Hamilton, 905-577-9191 /
      NAISA artistic director Darren Copeland has curated a program of videomusic works by Jean Piché that have been inspirational to the investigation of the videomusic genre by NAISA in its SOUNDplay programming since 2003. The works will be presented in Triple Screen HD in a concert format at the Loop Studio in Toronto and in an installation format with an artist Q&A; at The Factory Media Arts Centre during the James Street North Art Crawl in Hamilton. The performance in Toronto will be preceded by Freida Abtan’s new large scale videomusic work The Hands of the Dancer.
  • October 16 and 17, 2009, (8:00pm) $15/$10
    • Sound-Image-Sound co-presented with Contact Contemporary Music with works by Nancy Tobin, Christopher Fox and Brent Lee
      The Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts (No .170)
      Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
      The nature of listening, of performance, and of the integration of the visual with the auditory will be the focus of the performances on October 16 and 17 with a Toronto premiere of Sugarscape by Montréal’s Nancy Tobin and performances by Contact Contemporary Music Ensmble of works by Christopher Fox and Brent Lee.
  • October 23 and 24, 2009, (8:00pm) $15/$10
    • Pierre Hébert & Stefan Smulovitz perform + Locavore co-presented with Pleasure Dome
      The Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts (No. 170)
      Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
      Pioneering Québec animator Pierre Hébert returns with a collaborative performance with BC electroacoustic musician Stefan Smulovitz using viola, live digital animation and electroacoustics. Also, on the program is Locavore, a survey of recent short animation work from Toronto presented in partnership with Pleasure Dome and curated by Nick Fox-Gieg. The performance is preceded by the videomusic work a sudden change in the consistency of snow by Peter V. Swendson.
  • October 29 to 31, 2009
    • Sounds Scary
      October 29 and 30 for schools please contact for booking
      October 31, 2009, 9:00am - 5:00pm, for the public, FREE Various locations at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
      Go on a Halloween sound treasure hunt at the Artscape Wychwood Barns and then learn about the secrets behind how sounds are made in the movies.
  • November 7, 2009, (8:00pm) $15/$10
    • CONCRETE Toronto, a performance by Debashis Sinha & Yosuhiro Morinaga
      Co-presented with CONCRETE
      The NAISA Space (No. 252)
      Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
      CONCRETE Toronto, presented by New Adventures in Sound Art, will be the first ever collaboration with Yasuhiro Morinaga (Tokyo) and Debashis Sinha (Toronto). Each artist has an extensive practice in sound/radiophonic art. Morinaga and Sinha will draw upon their large archives of field recordings to present a new auditory and visual actualization of musique concrète, filtered through a geographic and artistic experience that is informed by a new global reality of cultural and creative openness. Also included will be videomusic works harmonium by Debashis Sinha and Liquid Amber by Maggie Payne.


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