[Jan 31] Darren Copeland: Spatialization at New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA)

Darren Copeland will present a performance/talk detailing spatialization practices that have been undertaken at New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) in Toronto since 1998. Through performing his own works and works by other Canadian artists, he will demonstrate and discuss two contrasting approaches to performance spatialization used by NAISA.

[Jan 31] Darren Copeland: Spatialization at New Adventures in Sound Art

Darren Copeland
Fri, Jan 31, 7 – 9pm
Admission: FREE

Location:
Harvestworks
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker

Darren Copeland will present a performance/talk detailing spatialization practices that have been undertaken at New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) in Toronto since 1998. Through performing his own works and works by other Canadian artists, he will demonstrate and discuss two contrasting methods for performance spatialization used by NAISA.

The first method was a fully automated system using the Richmond Sound Design Audiobox and the control software ABControl which was used from 1998 to 2006. Since 2006 a performer-driven system has been used which revolves around a performer operating a hand-worn sensor (the Polhemus Patriot 6D sensor) mapped to a customized Max/MSP spatialization patch designed by Benjamin Thigpen.

Works included in the presentation will be drawn from the following repertoire:

Sarah Boothroyd (BC) – Through a Door (2007, 8 min)
Commissioned in 2007 by CBC Radio and New Adventures In Sound Art, this is a soundscape about the Nicholas Street Jail in Ottawa, a structure described by a jail inspector in 1946 as a monstrous relic of an imperfect civilization where cells are medieval, incredibly cramped, with conditions far below the limits of human decency.

Debashis Sinha (ON) – redo / speaking song (2004, 5 min)
redo and speaking song were created separately but made for each other, an exploration of the many dualities that manifest themselves in my life: musician/technician, South Asian Canadian, ancient/modern, dust and concrete.

Nick Storring (ON) – Artifacts (I) (2008, 10 min)
Artifacts (I) is drawn from a series of works based entirely on sounds from a near-broken violin. The violin, despite being full-size was given to me by my grandmother when I was too young to remember, a hint to my parents that I should get violin lessons. I ended up getting cello lessons instead and the violin collected dust, and endured several seasons of humidity and lack thereof, leading to the collapsed of its soundpost.

Darren Copeland (ON) – River Valley Snapshots (2012, 10 min)
River Valley Snapshots was composed for the permanent sound installation Sound Columns, which I co-created with Andreas Kahre in 2011 for the outdoor Queen Elizabeth Pool in Edmonton, Alberta. The sound sources for this section are recorded in the North Saskatchewan River and other places around Edmonton’s distinctive river valley.

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Bios

Sarah Boothroyd’s audio work has been featured by broadcasters, festivals and galleries in over 25 coun- tries. She has won awards from Third Coast International Audio Festival, New York Festivals, the European Broadcasting Union, and La Muse En Circuit.

Debashis Sinha – For many years a percussionist with a number of Canada’s world music pioneers, Debashis Sinha has begun to forge a name for himself in the world of audio and new media art. His training under master drummers from various world percussion traditions informs his work and his questioning of the role of tradition as a tool for innovation. http://www.debsinha.com/

Nick Storring is a composer, and cellist based in Toronto, Ontario. He holds a BMus in music composition from Wilfrid Laurier University where he worked with Peter Hatch and Glenn Buhr. Currently he is finishing a Masters in composition at York University with David Mott. He has been featured as a composer and performer at a variety of festivals and serieses nationally including Suoni Per Il Popolo, Over The Top (Toronto), VTO Festival (Toronto), Open Ears (2005, 2007 Kitchener), Wavelength’s Anniversary, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s New Orchestra Series. He has also composed for a variety of theatre and intermedia productions in the Waterloo area, including for several pieces with experimental company MT Space. He is a member of several projects including sombre ‘sleep-rock’ trio Picastro (Polyvinyl Records), eclectic and electronics-heavy improvisational trio I Have Eaten The City and The Knot, an improv-based cello duo with Tilman Lewis.

Performance documentation of Spatialization controller
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHT1UsROLMw&feature=share&list=UUL8z-IrGrXQx2J2wqHx_ouA&index=8

Long bio for Darren Copeland:
http://www.darrencopeland.net/web2/?page_id=42

Web links to works on the program:

Sarah Boothroyd – Through a Door
https://soundcloud.com/sarah-boothroyd/boothroyd-through-a-door

Debashis Sinha – Redo Speaking Song
http://debsinha.bandcamp.com/track/redo-speaking-song

Nick Storring – Artifacts (I)
http://cec.sonus.ca/jttp/2008/sounds/15867_storrin_artifact.mp3

Darren Copeland – River Valley Snapshots
https://soundcloud.com/darren-copeland/sound-columns-river-valley

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