Cultures in Transit

April 29th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ll be going to Ottawa for the next week to participate in the Cultures in Transit exhibition. I’d love to give a link as to where you can find more information about it, but, scarily, there doesn’t seem to be anything—I even googled it, to no avail.

The Warbike will be available to try out throughout the week, so come and listen to Ottawa’s WiFi networks!

May 1-5, 2006
Cultures in Transit
Gallery 115
100 Laurier Ave E., room 115, University of Ottawa
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Apparently there’ll be an exhibition discussion led by Alex Castonguay on Friday. I assume that it’ll be at the gallery. I’d like to stick around for that, but we’ll see if I can find enough stuff to do in Ottawa for that length of time. At any rate, it should be a good discussion centered on mobility in art, and you can ask me and the other artists any questions about our work — I’m just guessing, actually, I haven’t been told exactly what’s going on.

Friday, May 5, 2006
Cultures in Transit: exhibition discussion
11:45 a.m.
Gallery 115

Musicworks CD launch

April 17th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

This coming Sunday is the CD launch for the new Musicworks CD timefields and maritides. It was compiled and edited by Jon Oswald, and is a collection of recordings from several of the old Musicworks issues. The CD also has PDFs of those issues.

There’ll be some live performances, and I might even play (we still have to see about that, I’m not so sure about pushing myself on the Toronto new music scene).

The event is pay what you can, and a cheap price with the CD (probably $15).

Carl Wilson has even double-starred the event, so you know we’re hip!

Come celebrate the launch of the new Musicworks CD timefields &
maritides at the Edward Day Gallery!

John Oswald’s timefields & maritides CD Launch

Featuring performances by:
John Oswald, Anne Bourne, Doug Tielli, Rebecca van der Post,
Laurel MacDonald and Phil Strong

Sunday, April 23, 2006. 2:30 pm
Edward Day Gallery
952 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
PWYC (special price with CD)
Snacks and drinks available

timefields & maritides is a historical, retrospective CD celebrating a quarter-century of Musicworks recordings. It includes audio collages edited by Musicworks founder, former editor, and pivotal composer John Oswald to represent the magazine in sound.

timefields & maritides includes three sides from cassettes 23 and 29. Track 1 takes the listener through a day in sound. Tracks 2 and 3 cover John’s favourite cassette, Maritimes and Newfoundland. Issues 23 and 29 of the magazine are included on the disc in PDF format.

We encourage curious listeners to join us listening to timefields & maritides, where you can indulge in the exploratory world of sound. We are very excited about this CD and hope that you can share the excitement with us. See you there!

Cricket recording

April 17th, 2006 § 0 comments § permalink

Well, I’m still waiting on some photos from the cricket performance. But I did manage to just encode the recording of the show.

It’s only an hour and a half of the three hour or so performance, but I think it gives you a good impression of how the thing sounded — although, actually being there and seeing the crickets in the room is a bit of a different experience.

It was only recorded on the internal mic of my MP3 player sitting right beside the cricket terrarium. You’ll hear some girls yelling in the recording. Them girls were doing some performance art in the room beside me. You could get upset that they’re muddying the performance and the recording, but I think in some sense it makes the performance and the recording a little more authentic. The performance was supposed to be just the recording of the crickets, but I found that the terrarium resonated when the girls shrieked, pulling them into the mix. They added a different dimension to the sounds, giving me a broader palette to work with. We focus too much on trying to get things sounding “perfect” that we forget that the live experience is far from perfect.

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