Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SCUM News Network Fearmonger Film Festival (independantly organized by some BEAMS members)

Borys, Voice Industrie among acts performing at satirical event
EDMONTON -- Six Edmonton-based music acts have been confirmed to stage a multimedia event designed to satirize the sensationalism of conservative-leaning TV channel Sun New Network. The event, dubbed the SCUM News Network Fearmonger Film Festival, runs at Bohemia (10217-97 St.) Tuesday, March 10 at 9 p.m. Admission to the no-minors event is $10.
The artists, which include Borys, Voice Industrie and Official Opposition, will perform with screenings of vintage public-domain footage, captioned to ridicule Sun News Network’s up-in-arms delivery of editorial opinion, which is almost always aimed at liberals.
In particular, a 30-minute edit of the sci-fi bomb Plan 9 From Outer Space has been retooled to irreverently highlight the perils of an open-door immigration policy. Voice Industrie will add an electronic vibe to quotes by Canada’s Prime Minister grafted onto a Fritz Lang classic in Stephen Harper’s Metropolis.
Other films have been altered to parody SNN’s swipes at such subject matter as gays, media, protesters and campus radio. Additional artists tapped to play include Bong Sample, Stephen Sereda and Fecal Point. Video preview is available at .

Note: this is a show that features BEAMS members, but is not an official BEAMS show.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Art's Birthday

Art’s Birthday to include global entries

Kevin Maimann & the Pretty Things, Pizzarrhea!!!, Himiko, added to diverse lineup

EDMONTON – Composers and performers from two countries outside Canada will have works included in Art’s Birthday 2015 Edmonton, the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society announced today. The event, part of an international celebration of art, takes place Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Ortona Armoury (9722-102 Street), starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.

The overseas contributions will feature local acts improvising over the works. Italian dancer and performance artist Alessandra Zerbinati, who goes by the stage name Lametàfisica, will have her piece “Yummy Gummy Corpse” receive a live treatment by Edmonton experimentalists Agaperaygunexperiment. Japan’s Okada Koichi, a.k.a. Tamayurakurage — a native of Hiroshima — will feature his anti-nuke work and video “We Must Prevent the Collapse of the World” include accompaniment on clarinet by Don Ross.

Edmonton Sun reporter and award-winning songwriter Kevin Maimann, no stranger to bizarre subject matter, will contribute a set that includes his backup band The Pretty Things. Also expect a noisy session with Pizzarrhea!!!, practitioners of schizophrenic camp. Himiko, whose recent CD Victims of Greed dominated national campus noise charts, will also perform solo and with worldbeat metallurgists Tribal Garage. Rounding out the lineup will be Shawn Pinchbeck, Skrunt Skrunt, John Osbourne, Apophecy, S’sE SESSIONS, Stephen Sereda & Trixie Moon, Lutra Lutra, and Shae Guerin and Fecal Point.

The Ortona event will mark the eighth time that an Art’s Birthday event has taken place in Edmonton. The first show in 2008, facilitated by the Film and Video Arts Society (FAVA), took place at the ARTery. The Edmonton Arts Council staged an underwater gala at Scona Pool to celebrate the event the following year. Since 2010, BEAMS has presented Art’s Birthday Edmonton at such locales as Naked Cyber Cafe, Bohemia and Brittany’s.

Art’s Birthday is an annual event first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou, who suggested that the muse was first invented more than a million years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a bucket of water. The artist chose Jan. 17, his birthday, as the date of the event, which is largely celebrated in Europe, although other continents have slowly joined the fray of the festivities.



Phil Jagger, curator


Saturday, September 13, 2014

BEAMS at the Ortona 100th Anniversary Celebration

As part of the venerable Ortona Armoury's 100th anniversary celebrations, BEAMS has been invited to present this event free of charge. The show features:

Shawn Pinchbeck
The latest work by this internationally renowned electroacoustics practitioner.

Allison Balcetis
World-class saxophonist returns from a symposium in Brazil.

Abram Hindle
An eccentric endeavor from the genius behind Skrunt Skrunt.

Trevor DePagie
The guitarist from agaperaygunexperiment leads his own venture.

Stephen Sereda & Trixie Moon
A Motonogo member presents guitar debauchery with one of Edmonton's most outrageous burlesque dancers.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BEAMS at The Works

When: 6pm June 30th

Where: Stanley Milner Library is at 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square -- Basement theatre.

What: BEAMS at the WORKS -- Electroacoustic music concert!

How much? FREE

Who: St Crispin's Improv, Motonogo, Dave Wall, Apopecy and agapéraygunexperiment. Sound artists Don Ross, Audrey Ochoa, Gene Kosowan, Dave Wall, Shannon Land, Phil Jagger and friends

The experimental sound artists of The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS), are presenting a free evening of electronic and experimental music and multimedia in the Stanley Milner Library Theatre June 30 at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Works Festival of Art and Design. The show features the surreal soundscapes of St Crispin's Improv, Motonogo, Dave Wall, Apopecy and agapéraygunexperiment. Sound artists Don Ross, Audrey Ochoa, Gene Kosowan, Dave Wall, Shannon Land, Phil Jagger and friends will use tech high and low, including MAX/MSP, Kinect depth sensor camera, projectors, synths, loopers, kaos pad, clarinet, trombone, piano, guitar, drums and bass.

Admission is free.

For more information, write Stanley Milner Library is at 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society has announced it will match some of the city’s most eclectic visual artists with a variety of audio practitioners for an evening to be dubbed ambiARTnight. This event, co-presented with the Harcourt House Artist Run Centre takes place Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harcourt Annex (10211-112 Street). Admission to the all-ages show is $10.

Works ranging from watercolours and acrylics to mixed media and photography will be projected in crossfade zoom animation, while musicians and audio artists will interpret the images through improvisation. Pairing of visual and audio artists is as follows:

  • Mixed media artist Glenys Switzer, whose exhibition credits include the Harcourt Annex, Edmonton City Hall and the McMullen Gallery, will have her work interpreted by guitarist Bill Damur, whose performance background runs the gamut from the ESO to Moebius Flip.  
  •  Communications Guru and acrylics painter Marliss Weber, recently having works put on permanent display at Studio J Urban Spa and the Derrick Club, will have her collection undergo an alternative electronic treatment by electronic artist Bong Sample.
  • Photographer, journalist and social activist Paula E. Kirman’s photos will receive a unique sonic treatment by agaperaygunexperiment and Aphotic Numen bassist Shannon Land. 
  • Emerging watercolours artist Stephen Sereda’s works will be accompanied by Gene Kosowan on an undisclosed processor.
Registered as a not-for-profit organization under the Alberta Societies Act and founded in 1989, the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society has been dedicated to the production and promotion of sound-oriented experimentation. BEAMS uses the broadest and most inclusive definition of electroacoustic music, welcoming creativity in any medium. Members perform several concerts a year in addition to occasional recordings, festivals and workshops.