Distant Transmission: Sound and Story from the North


New Adventures in Sound Art has been advocating for experimentation in radio and sound for almost two decades. The first time I met artistic director Darren Copeland was back in 1998 at a ‘sound art retreat’ called Full Moon Over Killaloe in Ontario. For a week, artists camped out on a rustic rural property, discussing, listening and making sound. Since then, Darren and his partner Nadene Thériault-Copeland, have created hundreds of opportunities for the production and dissemination of innovative sound works.
When they asked me to participate in a new series they’ve created called Crosswaves, I was pumped.

Cross Waves is a Canadian Sound Art series that includes performances and internet radio programs curated by eight media artists representing various regional and cultural perspectives in Canada: Chantal Dumas, Steve Bates, Jason Ryle, Peter Courtemanche, Janna Graham, Christof Migone, Anna Friz and Eleanor King. The series will take place between July 2014 and July 2015. The content will be contextualized by the curators through commentaries and essays and will draw attention to Sound Artists from across Canada.

I put together a two-hour program that is meant to be a bit of a panaroma of the sounds and voices of the north. It is not complete and it’s a story still being written but I hope that it does offer an ear towards the rich world we live in north of 60.

Check out the Program Notes here.

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