Spring 2018

issue # 130

Sound notes

Vanese "VJ" Smith is Right on Time

GROOVE PURSUITS

Vanese (pronounced va-NIECE) “VJ” Smith and I are on the Spadina streetcar, chatting like old friends. Just minutes earlier we met for the first time. I arrived from up North (aka [...]

Read more » Chaka V. Grier »

First-place winner, Musicworks’ 2017 Electronic Music Composition contest

ERIK INGALLS’ “THE GRAVITY OF PLIM”

The glitchy, vaguely dystopian composition constructed from manipulated vocals is almost widespread enough now to warrant its own genre tag. Laurie Anderson is, of course, its foremother. [...]

Read more » Daniel Glassman »

First-place Winner, Musicworks 2017 Sonic Geography Writing Contest

INA ČIUMAKOVA'S “PLAYGROUNDS”

Childhood has no single place,  no secret garden, no single carousel to ride on, nor tree branch to fall from: just hours, that slip away, so similar to [...]

Read more » Ina Čiumakova »

Label Profile: Redshift Records

THE UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING

We won’t go into the details—because, frankly, we don’t understand them—but in astronomy a redshift is a way to measure an object’s placement in space, and its [...]

Read more » Alexander Varty »

Features

What's Inside Musicworks 130 - Spring 2018

Musicworks turns 40 this year. It’s been quite a journey from the DIY newsprint tabloid published in 1978 to Musicworks 130—our first-ever full-colour issue! Buy[...]

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(ALL MY PEOPLE, THIS IS FOR YOU)

The first time I heard Jeremy Dutcher on the radio, I was driving my son and some of his non-Native teammates to soccer practice in Peterborough. I had tuned in to the CBC a few[...]

Read more » Leanne Betasamosake Simpson »

Sarah Hennies, Linguist in the Land of Noises

MY MUSIC, MY SELF

Identity is a deeply personal, elusive, and complex thing, and thus, a common source of creative fuel. Yet for the endless variety of discrete identities and individual[...]

Read more » Nick Storring »

The Warp and Weft of Kelly Ruth

LOOM MUSIC

In the history of musical instruments, the questions asked are pretty standard: Who played it? What did they play? How did it evolve? Kelly Ruth’s instrument, the weaving loom,[...]

Read more » Ian Crutchley »

Visions of sound

Tomoko Sauvage's Waterbowls

Delicate clusters of tones sound and resonate. An orchestration of chimes and drips, they mix to form a potent brew of sullen melodies and serene reverberation. Adrift, immersed, submerged [...]

Read more » Greg J. Smith »