Farewell Sound Symposium XIX
As we bid a fond farewell to Sound Symposium XIX, our team reflects on what this biennial event means to them.
It Was A Beautiful Time Machine
By Carolyn Chong I try to bring my 6 ½ year old to as many live performances as I can. What better way to take your listening senses to new levels than experiencing live music. I think it’s important for kids to have these opportunities, too. I admit, it doesn’t always make for the most relaxing […]
The Rooms Ringing With The Sounds Of ‘Cinquanta’
By Teresa Connors As one of the players for this Sound Symposium XIX premiere, I’m in the unique position of having been a musical “comrade in arms” in Vancouver when Nobles first began to experiment with spatial music. During those early days, many works were scored and performed at unique locations throughout Vancouver – such […]
Craig Squires Honoured With Gerry Porter Award
Congratulations to Craig Squires of Night Music, winner of the inaugural Gerry Porter Award for Creative Improvised Music at Sound Symposium XIX.
John D. S. Adams Wins Mike Zagorski Award
Congratulations to John D. S. Adams, the winner of this Symposium’s Mike Zagorski Award. This award is given to an artist every Symposium who works at the intersection of technology and sound.
Let’s Get Weird. A Dada Experience With ‘Entr’Acte’
It’s 1924. You have tickets to the Ballets Suédois production of Relâche at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. It’s a new ballet by avant-garde artist Francis Picabia, with choreography by Jean Börlin. It’s shocking and bawdy. Erik Satie’s musical score adds to the irreverence, pulling from popular tunes and “raunchy army songs.”
I’ll Think About Sound A Little Differently After This
By Katie Thompson I’ll preface by saying that I’m not a musician. I pride myself on knowing how to play the Star Wars theme song on the piano as a party trick, but that is pretty much the extent. I’ll also admit that I knew very little of the Sound Symposium until recently, even though […]
From The Sublime To The Ridiculous, And Back Again
By Sarah Gordon My favourite forms of experimental art are those that walk the line between the sublime and the ridiculous, that make me laugh or squint or cringe in the moment but have me reflecting on them after the fact, taking note of the nuances too subtle to register in the moment. With that […]
A Business Partnership Worth Celebrating
What started as a business relationship with Rod Zdebiak of Stewart McKelvey 25 years ago has turned into something closer to a friendship. In fact, you may see Rod pulling shifts at the Sound Symposium merch table! Thanks to Business & Arts NL for highlighting this invaluable partnership.
A United Tapestry Of Sound
By Reinhard Reitzenstein The Atlantic String Quartet began the evening offerings with a work by Andrew Staniland. For these two listeners it was a vibrant and virtuosic development of Kepler’s music of the spheres. Lots of fast lines and fast string acrobatics with some humorous staging. It was European through and through.