My trip to Mutek and Artengine residency in June, Part 2 – Ross Birdwise

August 6th, 2010

Part 2: Artengine Residency, family and friends, Infinite Nothing at Bird Island, if then do live @ Club Saw… My last post on this blog discussed my trip to Montreal to play the Mutek festival with my electronic music group if then do, with Ryan Stec (Artengine’s artistic director) doing visuals.  This trip to Mutek […]

Riled up? Act up! Art and hockey

June 2nd, 2010

If I hit a puck with a stick, does it make me a hockey player? Saying that I am would be the equivalent of a typical comment we in the arts hear constantly when talking about experimental art-making “I can do that.” Common sense tells us that there is more beyond the immediacy of whatever […]

Nite Ride . . . from the keyboard of Jonathan Shaughnessy

November 13th, 2009

Tim Hecker and Marla Hlady took divergent yet highly effective approaches to what they had to work with in Nite Ride: a plush bus outfitted with a 5.1 surround sound stereo system. Hecker used it, the sound system that is, Hlady did not.

Soundtrack to Oblivion

November 3rd, 2009

When I was invited to experience Nite Ride and spooge a bit of my mind thoughts on this here blog, I was preparing for yet another road stint with the ol’band (Acorn) to Halifax. I was concerned at how dull my senses would be having driven across Canada about three times, the US-and-a-half once, and bits of Europe a few times. My road soldiering has produced an experiential callous to transient sound forging experiences with the moving world. Or in other words, my excessive traversing of vast lands accompanied by soundtracks may be a detriment to enjoying this ride like a condom. I was wondering if my psychological health would be suitable to write about this project after having returned from a 13-hour drive. Luckily, I had a couple days to nest, re-humanize and to alter the beast.

(Nite) ride through Tim Hecker’s imaginary country

October 26th, 2009

Last Friday I scurried along the cold, damp Ottawa streets to Arts Court, to catch the first departure of Tim Hecker’s Nite Ride presentation. Commissioned by artengine, Tim Hecker re-mixed previously released music from his back catalogue into 5.1 surround sound, to be played by speakers installed in a rented mini-bus as it drove around the Outaouais.

Nite Ride: Expanding our Sonic Horizons

October 14th, 2009

From the computer of Emily Falvey . . . Like many people, I both fear and love the dark. I love the feeling of hushed anonymity it spreads over the landscape, and yet I also find this obscurity disquieting. Night drives are, without doubt, my preferred way to experience darkness-a middle ground in which the […]

Le signal et le bruit.

June 22nd, 2009

C’est entre les montagnes et l’océan Pacifique, à Vancouver, que le festival d’art médiatique Signal & Noise avait lieu, du 23 au 26 avril dernier. Organisé par VIVO Media Art Centre, ce festival a la qualité d’aller dans différentes directions disciplinaires, et l’édition 2009 était indéniablement portée vers la vidéo. Bien qu’une soirée sonore et […]

Sophie Bélair Clément

November 9th, 2008

Sophie has been working in our lab to install her project for the Electric Fields festival. Not only she is wonderfully pleasant to work with the project is quite beautiful. The room is slowly taking on an eerie quality that will likely not be repeated in the space as we will never be able to […]

May 31st, 2007

2 CD launches during the PCC Conference! Come out for some rich aural experiences at Club SAW to celebrate the release of two fantastic works on the No_Type and Ekumen label. Wednesday June 13th at 8PM 67 Nicholas St. Good Times!