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PREVIEW | New Adventures In Sound Art Presents The Springscapes Series — Continuing Till June 17

By Anya Wassenberg on April 16, 2024

L-R (clockwise): A cedar tree with mics; Dusk at Warbler’s Roost; A ‘recording bag’ handing from a tree (Photos by Darren Copeland)
L-R (clockwise): A cedar tree with mics; Dusk at Warbler’s Roost; A ‘recording bag’ handing from a tree (Photos by Darren Copeland)

New Adventures in Sound Art is presenting the latest edition of Springscapes, an annual multimedia series. The goal is to draw attention to the dramatic changes in the natural soundscape that come with the change of seasons from winter into spring.

Springscapes includes installations and workshops at their North Media Arts Centre, along with a special concert to celebrate birth on Mother’s Day, and livestream events you can experience anywhere that continue until June 17, 2024. The concert will feature the works of Susan Frykberg and Soft Alchemy.

“The Re-birth and regeneration of spring is evident in the soundscape, in the budding trees and in the changes in rhythms within communities in the North. These themes will be evidenced in the ever-changing sounds of spring provided by members of the region and included in the surround sound exhibition at NAISA.

“The transformation of birth and renewal will also be the focus of the special concert on the eve of Mother’s Day as well as in the annual Reveil broadcast which travels the earth on the first weekend in May,” comments Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art in a statement.

L-R: Susan Frykberg (Photo courtesy of NAISA); Simula by Soft Alchemy (Image courtesy of the artists)
L-R: Susan Frykberg (Photo courtesy of NAISA); Simula by Soft Alchemy (Image courtesy of the artists)

Springscapes At A Glance

Almaguin Community Soundscapes

NAISA is located in the Almaguin Highlands north of Toronto, where the arrival of spring means melting snow, ice breaking on the lakes and rivers, and the return of buzzing insects and birds. Spring peepers announce the season’s arrival.

Those sounds of spring, as contributed by area residents, and updated weekly to truly reflect the season as it develops, will surround visitors experiencing this installation. The physical exhibit is on display until June 17.

  • You can listen online to the soundscapes on the Aporee Sound Map.
  • If you’re a resident of the Almaguin Highlands, NAISA will provide equipment if you’d like to contribute to the ongoing project. Find out how to contact them here.

Wetland Earth Day Broadcast on NAISA Radio

NAISA Radio is one of the international broadcast partners for the Wetland Project on Earth Day on April 22. You’ll be able to listen to the 24-hour circadian rhythm of the soundscape from ṮEḴTEḴSEN marsh in un-surrendered W̱SÁNEĆ territory (Saturna Island, British Columbia).

Reveil Dawn Livestream Broadcast

Reveil is a 24+1 hr radio broadcast. It will begin at midnight on May 4, Dawn Chorus Day, and follows the sunrise around the earth. It will travel west via live audio streams that are transmitted by live-streamers from their own locations as the dawn breaks. The end result will be a collective audit of planetary soundworlds over one earth day. T

Soundscape Weekend Intensive | Dawn / Dusk Reimagined

From May 3 to 5 at Warbler’s Roost, a rural 14-acre property (about 22 km west of the village of South River), this year’s intensive will see participants recording, editing and composing soundscape compositions, or field recording works, focusing around the concept of reimagining dusk and dawn. All levels of Experience are welcome.

Reflections on Birth | A multimedia concert

This concert on May 11, on the eve of Mother’s Day, features the work of Soft Alchemy and the late Susan Frykberg, and the theme of giving birth. The late Susan Frykberg completed her Audio Birth Project from 1996 to 1997. The core of the project is interviews with Frykberg’s sisters and mother about giving birth.

Soft Alchemy’s Simula is a five movement audio-visual piece revolving around the emotional journey experienced by three Mothers.

  • May 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets [HERE].

The Details

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit media art organization. The NAISA North Media Arts Centre is located at 313 Hwy 124 in South River, Ontario. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

  • Find more information about Springscapes [HERE].
  • Register for performances and livestreams [HERE].
  • Find out about installations [HERE].
  • Find out about workshops [HERE].

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