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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Soundtracking with a handful of BEAMers!

Sound artists Trio Latitude (Gary James Joynes, Shawn Pinchbeck, Scott Smallwood) are slated to provide a unique electroacoustic treatment of a 1963 Czech science-fiction classic in this special, all-ages, one-night event. Admission is $10 at the door.

To allow for this presentation, the movie, shown in black and whi...te and clocking in at an hour and 22 minutes, will be shown in a silent format with English subtitles.

Ikarie XB-1 is a 1963 Czechoslovak science fiction film that was edited and dubbed into English for release in the USA, where it is known by its alternate title, Voyage to the End of the Universe.

While it shows some influence from earlier American ventures such as Forbidden Planet, the film was also influential in its own right—critics have noted a number of similarities between Ikarie XB-1 and Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and it is believed to have been one of many films Kubrick screened while researching 2001.

As well, its concept of a mobile community in space paralleled TV producer Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a “wagon train to the stars,” which sowed the seeds for the landmark TV series Star Trek in 1966.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Art's Birthday Jan 17th Streaming Information

BEAMS to host Art’s Birthday 2014
Edmonton event part of a global celebration

When: Friday, Jan 17 2014 @ 7p.m.
Where: Britney's Lounge (10225-97 Street)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Imagery and Music at the Garneau Theatre

When:  Tuesday January 14th 2014 @ 7:00PM
Where: Garneau Theatre 8712 109 st.
What: Animator John Osborne teams up with of the Boreal Electro-Acoustic Music Society Orchestra for a stimulating evening of moving imagery and live improvised music. The BEAMS musicians, including Don Ross (clarinet), Allison Balcetis (saxophone), Cam Neufeld (violin), John Armstrong (theramin), and Wilf Kozub (synths) will create spontaneous soundscapes to match the moods of over a dozen short films. The hallucinatory imagery runs from the representational to the abstract. This will be a rare opportunity, not to be missed.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Art's Birthday 2014

BEAMS to host Art’s Birthday 2014
Edmonton event part of a global celebration

When: Friday, Jan 17 2014 @ 7p.m.
Where: Britney's Lounge (10225-97 Street)

EDMONTON—The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) has announced it will host Art’s Birthday 2014, as part of an international tradition that’s been going on for more than 50 years. The Edmonton installment takes place at Britney’s Lounge (10225-97 Street) Friday, Jan. 17 starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10, with BEAMS members getting in for half-price. With more than 10 acts confirmed thus far, and billed as Where is Utopia, the 2014 version contains a more eclectic lineup than ever.

Appearing at Art’s Birthday 2014 will be folk singer and social activist Paula Eve Kirman, a regular performer on the protest circuit. Recognized for her lyrical take on social injustices, Kirman is a member of such groups as the Daughters Day equal rights initiative and the Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism.

Performance artist Lascaux Proxy has been confirmed to deliver a set blending electronic music with modern dance and live theatre. So far within the past year, she’s released more than a half-dozen works, collaborated with integrated dance act CRIPSiE, and played at such events as NeXtfest and A Queersummer Night’s Dream.

Avant-garde act agaperaygunexperiment returns with its own brand of audio and visual improvisation. The latest incarnation of the group act is slated to include Japanese grindcore vocalist Himiko Dethnoizz, whose latest CD has been released on the Toronto-based D-Trash label.

Other attractions include interactive software performer Skrunt Skrunt, fashion designer Cherie Howard, music experimentalist Boosh and rocker Tomas Marsh. Rounding out the lineup will be Kevin Solez, Nom De Plume, The Trevor Schmidtheads and Motonogo.

Art’s Birthday was first proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou, who suggested the discipline didn’t exist until more than a million years ago when a sponge was dropped into a pail of water. After using his own birthdate of Jan. 17 to mark the occasion, Filliou’s notion has since been adopted by a global community that includes participants in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Germany and Austria. A listing of supporting organizations and worldwide events can be found at