Thursday, December 20, 2012

Art's Birthday Edmonton / Non Music Awards Night 2013 Saturday Jan 19th, Bohemia

Art's Birthday Edmonton Non Music Awards Night

When: Saturday, Jan 19, 2013
Where: Bohemia, 10217 - 97 Street NW 
Description: Art's Birthday Party 
Contact phil jagger

Beams Presents Arts Birthday
Have yourself a Ear Cake
Edmontons Non Music Awards
Abram Hindle (Skruntskunt)'s
Don Ross
Bill Damur
Mystery Guests
And Others
$5 for Beams Members
10217 97 St Bohemia!!!
No Minors

The show was a success with more than 20+ in attendance. Videos didn't work out unfortunately. Here are some videos from the performers!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

You are invited to Unsilent Night - a festive nouveau-caroling event that I have the pleasure of co-organizing for the second year, along with Sable Chan.

Get out your CD, cassette, or mp3 boombox, bundle up, and join us for Phil Kline's 45 minute interactive sound walk through the streets of the Old Strathcona neighbourhood in Edmonton.

5:00 pm, Saturday December 22nd
Meet at Gazebo Park (83 Ave. & 104 St).


Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is a free outdoor participatory sound sculpture of many individual parts, recorded on cassettes, CDs and mp3s, and played through a roving swarm of boomboxes carried through city streets every December. People bring their own boomboxes and drift peacefully through a cloud of sound which is different from every listener's perspective. Since 1992, this 45-minute work has grown into a worldwide annual communal event that has become an essential part of many winter holiday celebrations. 2012 marks the second year of Unsilent Night in Edmonton.

Most people consider it loud and joyous. Glittering and mysterious. The average effect seems to be somewhere between pacifying and invigorating. Joe Woodard of The Los Angeles Times describes it as "A dreamy fruitcake of parts, tranquil even through its anarchy." And K. Leander Williams in Time Out New York says “Kline’s luminous, shimmering wash of bell tones is one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you’ll ever encounter, and it’s never the same twice.” The Onion calls it “an ambient wash of heaven-sent shimmer, recognizable as seasonal mostly for its modulating bells and time-stretched hymnal melodies.”

You do not need to bring a boombox to join in, but it is more fun if you can! For those that like to plan ahead, you can download the audio files ahead of time from to load onto your mp3 player, CD or cassette. We will have extra cassettes, CD's, and boomboxes available. We will also have mp3 speakers for those who bring iPods, smartphones, or other mp3 players. This year, an iPhone app is also available.
Please RSVP if you do need to borrow equipment, as there is a limited number of each item.
Plan to arrive a few minutes early to get set up.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Robert Normandeau, Surround Sound Spectacular

On December 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm at the University of Alberta Fine Arts Bldg., Room 2-7 the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society in cooperation with the University of Alberta Music Dept. present Montreal based electroacoustic music composer Robert Normandeau.

Robert Normandeau is one of the world’s leading composers of acousmatic music composition, works that are composed of sounds rather than musical notes. We will construct a special listening environment for this event with a 16 speaker surround sound system with which Normandeau will perform a live diffusion of his compositions manually on a mixing console.

Normandeau has performed his works worldwide. His compositions have won numerous awards and competitions over the last 25 years. His compositions have been described as “cinema for the ear”, in which ‘meaning’ as well as ‘sound’ are explored.

This concert will promote his new recent CD release Palimpsestes released on the iconic Quebec based label empreintes DIGITALes.

Admission to this event is free. For further information, contact Shawn Pinchbeck at BEAMS or visit the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) page on Facebook.

Shawn Pinchbeck, Vice President, BEAMS

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sounds, Images and Videos from the Sea of Sound

Sea of Sound went very well, we had a wide variety of submissions, performances, videos and compositions!

Here's a sampling of some of the 2012 instalment of Sea of Sound:
Direct Playlist Link

Video compositions by John Osbourne and Don Ross were shown as well:

Lines for Clarinet from John Osborne on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NME Festival - Sea of Sound Nights!

The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) in conjunction with New Music Edmonton’s Edmonton New Music Festival will present two evenings of performance on November 15th and 16th at Bohemia (10217-97 Street) that somehow relate to the two themes Improvise/Synthesize and MediaX.

The Sea of Sound Festival3 is an event that celebrates the symphony of sounds happening around us that we take for granted in our daily lives. We hope it acts like a 12,000 km oil change and tune-up for the ears, re-tuning the way we listen and hear the world around us. BEAMS wishes to explore this theme by presenting works that present the audience, participants or performers with new or innovative approaches to sound art performance.

At the NME Festival – Sea of Sound nights, BEAMS members will be performing at Bohemia on November 15, 2012 and November 16, 2012.

The Sea of Sound nights occur over two evenings and the prelimary lineup includes:
  • Improvise/Synthesize – Thursday, November 15, 2012
    • Don Ross – Zizivoodoo
      Wilf Kozub – I’m in Love with the City
      Everybody (?) – Untitled
      Shawn Pinchbeck – Cell
      Vipers Without Vapours  - Sound
  • Media X – Friday, November 16, 2012
    • Phil Jagger – Hertitagauzen
      John Osborne – Line for Clarinet
      Gene Kosowan – e is for wEbber
      John Osborne – Raga Marwa
      Wayne DeFehr – Untitled
      Skruntskrunt (Abram Hindle) – Interactive
Doors around 9pm, Music at 10pm sharp.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Oct 4 Ramshackle Day Parade with Don Ross

Don Ross will be performing at Bohemia at 8pm on October 4th, 2012 with the Ramshackle Day Parade!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

(un)sound: electro meets acoustic event Sept. 29 at the Harcourt House Annex.

BEAMS & Harcourt House - (un)plugged

The evening, part of Alberta Culture Days, will involve a series of duos pairing electronic artists with acoustic musicians, many of them familiar to the Edmonton scene.

Artists will include San Diego flutist Marion Garver Fredrickson in her first Edmonton stage appearance since the BEAMS Sea of Sound Festival in 2005, and Shawn Pinchbeck who will perform for the first time since successfully defending his doctorate thesis earlier this year at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Also on the bill will be Pocket Universe, who released their latest CD, Torment, in 2012, and performance art-oriented act Agaperaygunexperiment.

Rounding out the bill will be Don Ross, Wayne DeFehr and Gene Kosowan.

Admission is $10 ($5 to BEAMS and Harcourt House members).


(un)sound was a success! There were excellent performances (video linked above) and excellent turn out. Please browse the video to see what you missed!

Saturday, May 19, 2012