Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Art's Birthday 2018 Jan 13

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

K. Burwash
Raylene Campbell
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:

K. Burwash

Raylene Campbell

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

BEAMS At the WORKS Festival 2017

BEAMS was successful!
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 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.

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.


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"?"

Friday, January 20, 2017

BEAMS Presents Art's BIrthday 2017 Video

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