Thursday, March 29, 2018

BEAMS presents Sea of Sound 2018




Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS), Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) and the University of Alberta Music Department presents…
The Sea of Sound Festival – April 12 - 14th, 2018 – Edmonton, Alberta

Events:
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
Multichannel Diffusion Concert
Featuring...
University of Alberta Electroacoustic Music Students
and the
Canadian Electroacoustic Community's – Jeu de Temp/Times Play Competition Winners
...with the artists in attendance diffusing their works live!
    1st Prize - Xavier Madore — Les loges de la suite (2017 / 11:11)
    2nd Prize - Pierre-Luc Lecours — Éclats | Blanc (2015 / 10:19)
    3rd Prize - Pierre-Luc Senécal — Urban Gardens (2017 / 11:25)
    4th Prize - Samuel Béland — Naïca (2017 / 7:35), videomusic
    5th Prize - Xavier Ménard — Fragmentation(s) (2017 / 6:50)

7 pm at Convocation Hall, University of Alberta
Tickets: Free Admission


Friday, April 13th, 2018
Electroacoustic and Visual Music Performance Night!
...presented by BEAMS

8 pm at the Ortona Armoury Arts Building (9722 102 Street)
Tickets at the door: $15, $10 BEAMS members
With performances by...
Allison Balcetis, Chenoa Anderson and Heather Hindman

Myriam Boucher and Pierre-Luc Lecours (Montreal)

K Burwash

Xavier Madore (Montreal)

Xavier Ménard (Montreal)

Tom Merklinger

Paul Morris (UK)

Shawn Pinchbeck – Pathways

Pierre-Luc Senecal (Montreal)

Scott Smallwood

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Artist Talks – meet our JTTP prize winners as they speak about the works they are presenting over the weekend.

1 pm at the Ortona Armoury Arts Building (9722 102 Street)


Experimental Music Performance Night with special guests Sound of the Mountain (Montreal)
...presented by BEAMS and Sweaty Palms



8 pm at the Ortona Armoury Arts Building (9722 102 Street)

Tickets at the door: $15, $10 BEAMS members

With performances by...

Nadir Bellahmer

Ethan Bokma

Wayne DeFehr

DNE with Trevor DePaige

Ghost Library

Sound of the Mountain (Montreal)

SSE

Parker Thiessen

Michael Toepfer

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Call for sound art, electroacoustic or experimental music


BEAMS (Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society) will be presenting the Sea of Sound Festival from April 12 – 14, 2018. We require performances, installations, workshops, talks or other sonic artworks to show in our festival!

Performance pieces should be less than 12 minutes in duration and can consist of live, fixed media, improvisations, interactive works, solo or ensemble, exploring new audience performer paradigms, machine-human interactions, sound poetry...your imagination is the limit.

For Installations, talks and performances: send a description of your presentation, link to video or audio support info, a short bio, number of performers, duration, technical requirements or space requirements to info@beams.ca by March 12, 2018.

For information contact:
Shawn Pinchbeck
shawn@beams.ca
www.beams.ca

Friday, February 16, 2018


The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society and the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences of Alberta presents, in concert…

Terri Hron - Bohemian Elegy

Program:
Sonata No. 4
by Lubos Fiser

Forensic Music
AhojAhoj
undressing a past
by Terri Hron

In the Mists
by Leos Janacek

Zuzana Simurdova: piano
Terri Hron: electronics

Date: Monday, February 26, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Place: Moravian Church, 9540 – 83 Avenue
Price: by donation

In 2008, my maternal grandfather, the Czech poet Jan Vladislav, passed away, leaving me his collection of family heirlooms. There were letters dating back one hundred years, cassette-tapes sent and received from my parents (who emigrated to Canada during the Cold War), including an extensive collection of photographs and a couple of films. This archive prompted me to gather as much of our family material – also from my father’s side – as possible. I began to envision a project that would use the collection in a musical performance. Sharp Splinter is this project: a program of new works for instruments and electronics using my family’s letters, cassettes and films.

Terri Hron studied musicology and art history at the University of Alberta, recorder performance and contemporary music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and electroacoustic composition at the Université de Montréal. She just completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Wesleyan University. She investigates collaborative practices in the creation of electroacoustic music and the changes in temporal and spatial perception that accompany performing alongside digital media.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Art's Birthday 2018 A Success!

Art's Birthday 2018 went off quite well thanks to the planning and hardwork of our current and prior executive and volunteers!

Download the entire show from here: https://archive.org/details/20180113ArtsBirthday

Or stream it now!




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Art's Birthday 2018 Jan 13


 BEAMS Presents...
Art’s Birthday Edmonton 2018, featuring the electronic and experimental sounds of:

Blipvert
K. Burwash
Raylene Campbell
D.N.E.
Wayne DeFehr

Door: $10 (BEAMS members $5)

This year's Art's Birthday celebration features a diverse group of performers that explore a range of electronic and experimental music making approaches. From Blipvert's frenetic beat/glitch/noise and jumping up and down a lot, to Raylene Campbells dreamy layered drone compositions; it promises to be a great night of listening, conversation and art!

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.

BEAMS first held such an event in 1998 at the Ortona Armoury Arts Building, which was streamed over the Internet to the mbar Art's Birthday celebrations in Helsinki, Finland. In 2008, the Film and Video Arts Society presented it at the now-defunct ARTery. The Edmonton Arts Council staged Art’s Birthday at Scona Pool the following year. Since 2010, the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) has facilitated the event annually.

More information on our artists:
Blipvert
https://blipvert.bandcamp.com/music

K. Burwash
https://kburwash.bandcamp.com/releases

Raylene Campbell
https://raylenecampbell.com/





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

BEAMS At the WORKS Festival 2017

BEAMS was successful!

https://archive.org/details/20170629BEAMSATTHEWORKSJohnnyBordeaux
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 info@beams.ca 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.

https://thermodynamics.bandcamp.com/releases


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.


DTH LVL

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"?"

https://dthlvl.bandcamp.com/
ericmakwich.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/396948523999156/

Friday, January 20, 2017

BEAMS Presents Art's BIrthday 2017 Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nWIZXQ_pOI


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
Harshmellow
Himiko
Dale Ladouceur
Mike Ross
SkruntSkrunt
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)