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.