July 18 – World Listening Day

Every year NAISA joins a global community that celebrates World Listening Day which occurs on the birthday of the late Canadian composer, educator and writer R. Murray Schafer. This year’s celebration will include an Ambisonic soundscape work by Edmonton sound and new media artist Shawn Pinchbeck as well as a site-specific performance by Sundridge multi-disciplinary artist Christine Charette. The event begins with a SOUNDwalk through the lakeside forests on the Warbler’s Roost property led by NAISA Executive Director Nadene Thériault-Copeland.

I. Roots that Braid Themselves by Christine Charette
From the world of Electroacoustic Music and Musique Concrète, Christine Charette explores the profound influence of forest biomes and the symbiotic enchanted world it hides underground. Charette uses recorded sounds from life, distilled through a sampler, and weaves them with the sounds of piano, synth. Drawing her sounds intuitively, she allows the forest and its underground networks to inhale and exhale through her, resonating in their vibration, and translating their Affect. Charette creates a space that transports the listener to where worlds of microbial seed banks exist, stardust and roots that braid themselves into stories, where the belly of the Earth speaks.

II. Where the Bees Buzz by Shawn Pinchbeck
Where the Bees Buzz is a part of a series of works based on ambisonic field recordings I took at many locations in the Peace Region of northwestern Alberta, Canada.

Where the Bees Buzz features select field recordings from around Beaverlodge, Alberta with electroacoustic music accompaniments inspired by those recordings. At the beginning of the global pandemic I was living in Grande Prairie, Alberta. With the end to live performances and collaborations, I had to REIMAGINE my arts practice. Exploring a soundscape piece documenting places in the four directions away from the city was my socially distanced creative solution.

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