Summer 2011

issue # 110

Sound notes

Casa Da Música Builds A Home For Experimental Music

FULL-TEXT AVAILABLE IN PRINT EDITION ONLY   1497. Lisbon, Portugal. Navigator Vasco da Gama commands the first ship to sail from Europe to India. During the fifteenth century [...]

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Terri Hron joins the flock


The slight, bright-eyed woman comfortably seated in her sunny Montreal studio is known as a musical beast. Hard to imagine. But the epithet is just one of several that contemporary recorder [...]

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Rings of Beijing

Reflections on sound notes made in Beijing, June 2-4, 2010

I sit staring at the laptop screen in my Beijing hotel room. Writers’ block. Silently trying to formulate words. No sounds enter my consciousness. Only the insistent hum of the laptop. [...]

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Rachael Wadham: Installing A Quiet Sound-World

FULL-TEXT AVAILABLE IN PRINT EDITION ONLY   The work of Vancouver-based sound artist, improviser, and composer Rachael Wadham often hinges upon a certain pack-rat sensibility, [...]

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Braids, Grimes, and Doldrums

Canada's new pop adventurists

In 1981 in a small town called Dunedin in New Zealand, a trio of young musicians called The Clean, recorded a handful of fuzzy, sloppy pop songs on a four-track Portastudio. For connoisseurs of[...]

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Gregory Oh

A punk rocker of the classical world

On the first Sunday in March 2011, at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto, Gregory Oh performed in a concert featuring the works of British composer Jonathan Harvey. Oh wore a grey-collared[...]

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Christopher Mayo

Composing within new systems

In 2005, Christopher Mayo had a summer that unexpectedly changed his approach to composing. The Toronto-born composer spent three weeks at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute in North Adams,[...]

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Visions of sound

Jörg Piringer's Sound Poetry App

FULL-TEXT AVAILABLE IN PRINT EDITION ONLY   The iPod touch is hissing loudly as two s’s move about the screen leaving a trail of fading s shapes in their wake. I drag the [...]

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Mikroton Recordings CD 8.

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Daniel Kernohan, Editor. Music is Rapid Transportation... From The Beatles to Xenakis.

Charivari Press.

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Franya J. Berkman. Monument Eternal: The Music of Alice Coltrane.

Wesleyan University Press.

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Montreal’s Constellation Records

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Montreal New Music International Festival: 5th Edition. Montreal, Canada. February 18–26, 2011.

A composer’s dream.

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Colin Stetson. New History of Warfare Vol. 2: Judges.

Constellation Records CST075.

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Rouge Ciel. Bryologie.

Monsieur Fauteux MFMV19.

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Alvin Lucier. Almost New York.

Pogus Productions 21057-2.

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Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa. Cosmophony.

Redshift Records TK423.

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Joane Hétu. Récits de neige.

Ambiances Magnétiques AM198.

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Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Tilbury / Wishart. Violet 2009.

Mikroton Recordings CD 4.

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Martin Arnold. Tam Lin.

Autumn Records AR017.

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Martin Arnold. Aberrare.

Quatuor Bozzini CQB 1112.

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John Luther Adams. Four Thousand Holes.

Cold Blue Music CB0035.

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Jason Kahn / Asher. Planes, and Jason Kahn / Günter Müller / Christian Wolfarth. Limmat.

Mikroton Recordings CD 3 and 7.

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