Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Art's Birthday 2018 Jan 13

BEAMS is proud to host Edmonton's Art's Birthday Celebration at the Ortona Armoury on January 13, 2018.

Blipvert / Kris Burwash / Raylene Campbell / Wayne DeFehr / DNE / Trixie Moon / Soft Ions

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

BEAMS At the WORKS Festival 2017

BEAMS was successful!
The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) teams up with The Works Art & Design Festival to present eight acts who take on the event's theme of dialogue, resulting in unique ways of expressing the idea of communicating in unusual genres. To wit:

Jessie Beier & Catlin W. Kuzyk
How does common sense work in a conflicting world?

Johnny Bordeaux
What happens when two Theremins talk to each other?

Damno Te & Skrunt Skrunt
Does noise have a language all its own?

Shae Guerin
Is four-stringing interactive?

Jared Epp
What strange sounds surface from an urban environment?

Gene Kosowan
Can pulsars talk?

S.C. Land
Is there art in social media?

Paul Morris
Does party talk have texture?

This 90-minute all-ages event is free to the general public.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

BEAMS at The Works: call to performers

BEAMS (Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society) will be presenting a concert as part of this year's The Works International Art & Design Festival. The event takes place June 29 at a gallery venue to be determined.

We require sonic artworks that explore the concept of “Dialogue”, this year's Works Festival theme as described below:

"Dialogue is essential to understanding. Not all dialogue is expressed in words. Interaction changes the course of a project, and often more questions remain than answers. Dialogue is about opening the evolution of an artwork to outside and potentially differing influences before the process is declared complete."

Performance pieces should be less than 12 minutes in duration and somehow explore this theme. It is open to interpretation how the idea of “dialogue” can be explored in the context of sound art and experimental music. Improvisations, interactive works, solo or ensemble, exploring new audience performer paradigms, machine-human interactions, sound poetry...your imagination is the limit.

Submit a description of your performance (especially as it relates to the festival theme), number of performers, duration of piece and technical requirements to by June 7, 2017. An artist fee will be paid for performed works.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Beams 420

As part of worldwide weed-worshiping events, the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society presents BEAMS 420, a multimedia event featuring five of the city's most interesting electronic-oriented acts, taking place Thursday, April 20 at Bohemia (10217-97 Street).

Shawn Pinchbeck, Brendan Anderson and Damno Te headline the event as they team up for their own soundtrack to the ridiculed B-movie propaganda flick Reefer Madness. Also featured will be a tandem involving John Armstrong and Brett Miles as well as a live debut by noise duo SWILL.

Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is $10 (BEAMS members half-price). No minors.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Calgary experimental artists to invade Edmonton

Calgary experimental artists to invade Edmonton

EDMONTON — A handful of enterprising, experimental sound artists from Calgary’s Alberta
College of Art & Design venture north to Edmonton for a night of sonic innovation. Invited by
BEAMS president and electroacoustics professor Shawn Pinchbeck, who taught the students at
the college until 2016, the performers bring with them an arsenal of noise, sound and
unconventional music that’s not been heard outside of Calgary.

The concert, Calgary Experimental: Electronic Music & Noise from Calgary
Ortona Armoury Arts Building
9722 – 102 Street NW
Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
Doors at 8 PM
Tickets $10 ($8 BEAMS members)

The show will feature works by Callum Beckford, who incorporates homemade synthesizers
with commercial gear, as well as the duo of Kerry Maguire and Gwen Morgan, who craft their
compositions with the use of field recordings, drum beats and live synthesizers. Also included on
the bill is DTH LVL, a tandem act comprised of Eric Makwich and Matthew Henry, who
perform a dark and grimy blend of electronic and noise sounds.

This production is presented by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society, an organization that
promotes and nurtures sound-oriented artworks, creators and performers.

BEAMS presents…

Calgary Experimental
Sound Art students of the Alberta College of Art & Design

More Details:

Callum Beckford

Callum Beckford Is a wide-eyed wanderlust filled sound artist from Calgary Alberta. His performances incorporate homemade synthesizers and effects as well as commercial gear. Through analogue and digital processing of sound, he strives to gain a deeper understanding of the ethereal nature of sound and how it exists both as a physical experience and a conscious phenomena.

Kerry Maguire and Gwen Morgan

"Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams" is an ongoing live sound performance by Kerry Maguire and Gwen Morgan. Crafted from field recordings, drum beats and live synthesizer, it is a project that incorporates audio from in around each space it is performed; playing on memory, deja vu and melding contemporary electronic music with experimental audio.

Gwen Morgan and Kerry Maguire are artists and musicians from Calgary, Alberta. They both pursue individual art practices as students at the Alberta College of Art + Design, and have collaborated on many audio and sculptural installations. They have also played in bands together, such as Juice Box and Crims & Flow.


Eric Makwich & Matthew Henry

DTH LVL are a dark and grimy blend of electronic and noise. in the immortal words of roni size: "do you think that you can hang tough when the rhythm gets gruff and the dj says, "i think you've had enough"?"

Friday, January 20, 2017

BEAMS Presents Art's BIrthday 2017 Video

BEAMS presents Art's Birthday 2017 with: Gene Kosowan & Marymotto; Himiko Kamijoh & Hari Maia; SkruntSkrunt & Nobodisoundz; Harshmellow & Mental Escape Pod; Mike Ross & Tamiyurakurage; Dave Wall & James Shearman; Allison Balcetis & Dai Fujikura.
Projected videos: Christine Miller and John Osborne
Filming: Vadim Bulitko and Abram Hindle (Vadim did a better job)
Editting: Vadim and Abram
Sound: Shae Guerin
Curation: Gene Kosowan

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Art’s Birthday Edmonton celebrates 10 years

EDMONTON—The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society will commemorate 10 years of Art’s Birthday Edmonton with a special show taking place Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Ortona Armoury (9722-102 Street). The event, Art’s Birthday 2017, pairs seven local acts with works by seven international composers and soundscape artists, some of whom created works specifically for this occasion.

Women will comprise the majority of local performers gracing the stage, with pianist Himiko, saxophonist Allison Balcetis, noise duo Harshmellow and Chapman stick player Dale Ladouceur slated to play. Rounding out the live lineup will be keyboardist and music journalist Mike Ross, software sound designer SkruntSkrunt and guitarist Dave Wall.

Works will be by Dai Fujikura and Tamayurakurage (Japan) Hari Maia (Brazil), Mental Escape Pod (Austria), Nobodisoundz (France), James Shearman (England), and Marymotto (Spain). Videos will be courtesy John Osborne and Christine Miller.

Art’s Birthday originated in 1963 when French surreal artist Robert Filliou declared that art didn’t exist until a million years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. Choosing his own birthday of Jan. 17 to celebrate the event, Filliou proposed a public holiday, which has since been adopted by arts organizations and collectives in more than 20 nations worldwide. Edmonton first held such an event in 2008, presented by the Film and Video Arts Society at the now-defunct ARTery. The Edmonton Arts Council staged Art’s Birthday at Scona Pool the following year. Since 2010, BEAMS has facilitated the event annually.

Doors for Art’s Birthday open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. BEAMS members get in for half-price.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Art's Birthday 2017

As part of an international celebration created by French artist Robert Filiou in 1962, the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society presents ART'S BIRTHDAY EDMONTON 2017.

Featuring local performers...

Allison Balcetis
Dale Ladouceur
Mike Ross
Dave Wall

...performing and/or improvising works by international composers Dai Fujikura (JPN), Hari Maia (BRA), Marymotto (SPA), Mental Escape Pod (AUT), Nobodisoundz (FRA), James Shearman (GBR) and Tamayurakurage (JPN).

Tickets $10 ($5 BEAMS members) available at the door.

Ortona Armoury
9722 102 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5K

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Footage from Recent BEAMS Shows

Here's recent footage from our most recent BEAMS shows!

Lords of Misrule:

Goodbye to Phil noh:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Lords of Misrule! December 10 at 8PM

Lords of Misrule! December 10 at 8PM Ortona Armory.  9722 102nd Street, Edmonton, AB.

BEAMS presents "Lords of Misrule!". An experimental showcase of sounds featuring: Acid Attack, K.M. Toepfer, Don Ross, SkruntSkrunt, Trevor DePagie, and a noise battle between Damno Te and Stephen Sereda. Free Show (donate $ for our Calgary guest... or donate beer) Ortona (9722 102nd Street)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Goodbye to Phil Show

Oct 22 at 7 PM to Oct 23 at 1 AM Ortona Armoury 9722 102 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5K Agaperaygunexperiment Damno te Himiko Motonogo Don Ross Pizzarehia SKRUNT SKRUNT Shawn pinchbeck NAUS92 $10 at the door $5 for beams members and low income. All ages More to be added A night of poetry music noise video and film as a goodbye to Philip Jagger as he is leaving Edmonton

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Video of the Screaming Skull

March Meloche and BEAMS presents The Screaming Skull:

Performances by Himiko, Stephen Serreda, Gene Kosowan, Abram Hindle / SkruntSkrunt, and Mark Meloche

Friday, July 22, 2016

S'sE Sessions: A psychedelic evening of electronic experimentation

Sunday July 31st at 8PM at Bohemia in Edmonton
Lineup announcement:
S’sE SESSIONS will provide a musical backdrop for eight eclectic talented artists for the live portion of the event, A psychedelic evening of electronic experimentation.
himiko becomes a cat and bangs keyboard.
project --- Calico
piece description --- a cat plays with a keyboard and interacts with the sound and rhythms she hears, and sometimes she ignores everything, just being a selfish cat.
Édrihan Lévesque
Your effervescent space-maestro, édrihan lévesque presents: the return of the keymaster, the sequel, pt. II
A "non-random technical cacophony" project concocted by David Axis. Raising awareness of the fact that (#1) 25% of the planets un-mined Uranium is in the Ft. McMurray area (#2) conveniently (because of the fire event) exploration licences (to mine this uranium) will conveniently bypass the usual environmental scrutiny
Steven Sereda
Kaoss Pad manipulation:
the Jungel Song
11 Loop Shaloop
Mama Goes Shaloopin
Skrunt Skrunt
Drones in G
Damno Te
Mark Meloche has been performing harsh noise since 2004, using the name Damno Te at the beginning. This show he will performing his modified snowshoe.
Andrew Hall / Frozenlake121 is an experimental artist who keeps one foot in the digital realm, the other in the electro-acoustic, and his heart in creative exploration. His piece "Fork In The Rhodes" is both prearranged and improvised on laptop and office intercom units. The downtempo minimalist electronics reflect a somber consideration of recent events, things to come and the painful indecision that binds it all together. As one's thoughts run in circles, a feedback loop ensues. But only if you let it.
Philip Jagger is an Edmonton based musician who likes to push the edges of poetry, music, sound and video. This piece is the mediation of temple in the forest to the mediation of the temples of video games - temple arcadi is the piece. Long time member, Shannon Land will also be performing during this set.
Mark Meloche presents "The Screaming Skull!" With performances by Himiko, Stephen Sereda, SkruntSkrunt, Gene Kosowan, and Mark Meloche. Free outdoor show so no need for earplugs folks. Tunes start at 1pm.
Poster by Gene.

Sunday June 24, 1 PM - 4 PM

Edmonton, Alberta T5K