Thursday, November 26, 2020

Duelling Axes III : Call for composers, electro-acoustic, and experimental music performers.

Saturday, December 12th 2020.
7pm to 10pm.

Call for composers, electro-acoustic, and experimental music performers.

Deadline: Friday, Demeber 4th 2020.

Hi there BEAMERS!

This is a call out for any of you who would like to take part in an online event. The third Duelling Axes.

Duelling Axes is an ongoing B.E.A.M.S. event where experimental sound and music artists use the left and right outputs of their instruments or devices to control a digital oscilloscope. The effects are unique to each artist from messy lines to beautiful patterns. This event is sponsored by AMAAS and each performing artist will receive $25. There are 9 spots available for this event (20 minute performances). The only requirements are you need to have a twitch account, and to be able to screen share a digital oscilloscope from your own computer, with the sounds you are making all to twitch.

You are welcome to use any digital oscilloscope. If you don't have one or know where to get one you can find one here:

There's also many other resources on this site you can check out.

To be considered for this event we need from you a sample twitch performance that is two to five minutes in length. Please send us a link to the video recording on your twitch account.


 2020 DIGITAL COMPILATION ALBUM  "Quarantine Calm"

Call for composers, electro-acoustic, and experimental music producers. Also visual artists.

Deadline: Saturday, December 5th 2020.


We've gotten some great submissions so far but still need more so we are extending the deadline another month. Spread the word and join in!

This is a call out for any of you who would like to submit your pieces to be considered for our first online compilation album, which will be available on our Bandcamp page. Any sales of the album or individual tracks will be split 50/50. B.E.A.M.S. will use our share to host future events.

We are also looking for submissions from visual artists for the cover art of this album. Visual artists are free to submit multiple pieces for consideration.

In light of the times we are experiencing the theme for the album will be "Quarantine Calm". Pieces should be no longer than 10 mins. Your expression and interpretation of the theme is up to you.

There will be a maximum of 15 tracks on this, the third edition of the B.E.A.M.S. compilation album.

On the day of release B.E.A.M.S will host an online release party live on starting at 7pm. Visual artists are welcome to submit pieces that will be played along with the music on twitch.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Duelling Axes II - Saturday, July 11th 2020 - 7-9:30PM

7-7:30 - Trevor DePagie
7:30-8 - Joe Paige
8-8:30 - Shawn Pinchbeck
8:30-9 - Daniel Cramer
9-9:30 - Caves and hades/D.N.E.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

BEAMS Presents Western Canada Drone Day! Watch it!

Watch Western Canada Drone Day 9am to midnight May 30th, 2020 at:
Current Schedule in Mountain Daylight Time (NorthAmerica/Edmonton):
11:30 Absolute Value of Noise (1 hr)
12:30 Soft Ions (30 m) 
13:00 SkruntSkrut (1 hr+)
14:00 OAS (30 m)
15:00 Low Earth Orbit (30 m)
15:30 Hamburgerlady (30 m)
16:00 eternal worm (30 m)
16:30 Brick Road (1 hr)
17:30 Family Injera (30 m) ;-(
19:00 m.o.a.i.n (1 hr+)
21:00 Shawn Pinchbeck (1 hr)
22:00 J Daniel Cramer (1 hr)
23:00 k.burwash (30 m)
23:30 Gary James Joynes / Clinker (1.5 hr)

Here's our artists!

Artist Name Twitch Homepage Where
absolute value of noise Vancouver, BC, Canada
Brick Road
Edmonton, AB, CA
Eternal worm Https://
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Family Injera

Edmonton, AB, CA
Gary James Joynes Edmonton, AB, Canada
St Albert, AB, Canada
J Daniel Cramer
Edmonton, AB, CA
Edmonton, AB, CA
Low Earth Orbit
St. Albert, AB, Canada
m.o.a.i.n. Edmonton, AB, Canada
Shawn Pinchbeck

Edmonton, AB, CA
SkruntSkrunt Edmonton, AB, Canada
soft ions

Monday, May 11, 2020

BEAMS AGM May 17th 3pm


This is a friendly message to let you all know that our annual AGM will be happening over the interweb on Sunday, May 17th at 3pm Edmonton time. At the moment it will be held over the Discord App. We will let you know if anything changes.

We will be able to have a voice meeting live for everyone to hear. Everyone will be able to text chat for fun and also ask questions while the AGM goes on as well.
You can get access to the server here:

If you don’t have a discord account you can sign up here:

It works in your browser, as an app on your phones or an app on your computers.

Also a friendly reminder that your memberships are up for renewal. Memberships are $20 a year and they go a long way with helping B.E.A.M.S run shows, workshops, and other events in the community every year to support electro-acoustic and experimental artists. We've set up an online PayPal option for renewals to make it easier for everyone. We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you at all the events we have planned and are currently planning for this year and beyond.

You can pay one time for this year's membership here:

Or you can subscribe to a recurring membership payment each year here:

BEAMS Presents Western Canada Drone Day [Seeking Performers!]

WeirdCanada is promoting Drone Day. So is BEAMS.

Seeking PERFORMERS and AUDIENCE. May 30th 9am to midnight.

We will be hosting a virtual drone day on twitch.

We are looking for performers for Saturday May 30th from 9am to midnight on Twitch at

Do you want to listen? Goto

Do you want to perform? SIgn up for a 1/2 hour to 1 hour twitch slot at:

Performer Instructions:

Please sign up for twitch and check if you can stream.

Please sign up for a timeslot at:

Welcome to BEAMS Drone Day. We're going to drone all day on twitch! The genre of music will be drone. Interpret that as you will but we retain curatorial control.
This sheet is for signing up for times to play. Currently first come first serve. If you want that time too add your name to column afterwards. Please only take up 2 continuous slots (1 hour)

- must feel someway associated with Western Canada (friends, family, residence, etc.)
- must produce Drone music
- must be able to stream on twitch -- please test before signing up!
- must stream for 30 minutes or 1 hour.
- must be available on that time on that day. If you think you could be flakey send abram some video to play to replace you (e.g., record one of your twitch streams)
- currently there is 0 payment (may change, no promises)
- communication will be via email. (

Friday, January 3, 2020

Art's Birthday 2020. 6pm to midnight

For the first time in more than a decade, the Edmonton contingent involved in the international Art’s Birthday event comes back to the Old Strathcona neighbourhood, with its irreverent take on culture. This year’s event, presented once again by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society, takes place Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Old Strathcona Community League (10139-87 Avenue). An art exhibition at the same location starts at 6 p.m.
Performing live at the event, Art’s Birthday Edmonton 2020, will be Blip Vert, frozenlake121, Shawn Pinchbeck, Karl Michael Toepfer, Skrunt Skrunt, Damno Te, Pizzarhea! And SWILL. Videos between sets will include those by Eiduneau, Fecal Point, Mescalin and John Oparyk. 
Some of the Artists displaying a variety of their works for the art exhibition starting at 6pm are local artists Leah Wilson, Brenda Philp, and Blane Klack.  Come by to view their works, socialize, and inquire about purchasing if there is something that catches your eye.
Art’s Birthday Edmonton previously ran in Old Strathcona at the Scona Pool in 2009, the second time the event was held in the city. It first took place in 2008 at the now-defunct ARTery. Other locations that hosted Art’s Birthday include the Ortona Armoury, Bohemia, Naked Cyber CafĂ© and the now-defunct Brittany’s Lounge.
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, Fillious proposed a public holiday in celebration of art. It has since been adopted by participants in more than 20 countries.
Admission to Art’s Birthday Edmonton 2020 is $10 for beams members and $20 for guests who will also receive a free membership.
For more information, contact BEAMS at  Or through our social media.