Winter 2010

issue # 108

Sound notes

Graham Flett

Stylistically diverse

FULL-TEXT AVAILABLE IN PRINT EDITION ONLY    Trying to get to the heart of Graham Flett’s musical style is a slippery task.   “I have a variable [...]

Read more » Jason van Eyk »


Toronto, Ontario

“Down with capitalism, up with socialism!” This distorted-megaphone message is heard against a backdrop of African drumming, French resistance songs, and the constant whirr of [...]

Read more » Micheline Roi »

Eldad Tsabary

Composing religion

FULL-TEXT AVAILABLE IN PRINT EDITION ONLY   Israeli-Canadian composer Eldad Tsabary is omnivorous when it comes to digesting various influences, both musical and otherwise. With [...]

Read more » Nick Storring »

Kyle Brenders

Writes music that lies between genres

It’s 1999. The millennium is approaching, and Kyle Brenders, teenage saxophonist, is living the small-town Ontario version of the jazz life. He’s a member of the Bill Sherry Big [...]

Read more » Stuart Broomer »


The Swedish Sound-Art Scene

Don't call it sound art if the term shocks you

Nadine Byrne

Monochrome images of two young women—evidently sisters—stare out impassively from oval apertures that resemble Victorian cameo brooches. A gauzy ectoplasmic[...]

Read more » Julian Cowley »

Urbanvessel and Juliet Palmer

Creating performance works rooted in social issues

Suit-tail-clad Juliet Palmer sits at the top of a stepladder in the middle of the diamond-shaped ring. Tonight, she’s not wearing her Canadian composer hat. Tonight, she’s a sports announcer.[...]

Read more » Jonathan Bunce »

Barry Truax

Quietly assuming LGBTQ leadership in new music

With a friendly disposition and unassuming personality, Barry Truax would hardly be thought of as a trailblazing radical. But this soft-spoken composer and teacher is a[...]

Read more » Jerry Pergolesi »

Visions of sound


FULL-TEXT AVAILABLE IN PRINT EDITION ONLY   On a 2004 visit to the MIT Media Lab, I encountered a small, flat wall with a skin of silver luminescent triangles covering a [...]

Read more » Paul Steenhuisen »


Electric Eclectics 5. The Funny Farm, Meaford, Ontario. July 30–August 1, 2010.

Embraces new genres

Read more » Jonathan Bunce »

Sound Symposium XV. St. John’s, Newfoundland. July 2–10, 2010.

Greater than the sum of its parts.

Read more » Andrew Staniland »

Zu. The Way of the Animal Powers.

Public Guilt PG020.

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John Zorn, Fred Frith. Late Works.

Tzadik Records TZ 7364.

Read more » Andrew Hamlin »

Toddler Body. Survival Smokers.

Inyrdisk iyd33.

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Linda Catlin Smith. Ballad.

World Edition CD0014.

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David Sait, Glen Hall, Gino Robair, Ladonna Smith. Postage Paid Duet–Vol. 2.

Apprise 03.

Read more » Chris Kennedy »

Terry Riley. Autodreamographical Tales.

Tzadik Records TZ 8070.

Read more » Andrew Hamlin »

Tim Olive. The Specialist.

EM Records EM1085CD.

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Sainkho Namchylak, Nick Sudnick. Not Quite Songs.

Leo Records CD LR 564.

Read more » Stuart Broomer »

Christof Migone. Disco Sec.

OHM Éditions OHM/AVTR 047.

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Dave Liebman, Evan Parker, Tony Bianco. Relevance.

Red Toucan RT 9338.

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Joëlle Léandre, François Houle, Raymond Strid. Last Seen Headed: Live at Sons d'Hiver.

Ayler Records ayl CD-096.

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Giuseppe Ielasi. (Another) Stunt.

Schoolmap/TAIGA Records 6.

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The Allison Cameron Band. The Allison Cameron Band.


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Ross Bolleter. Night Kitchen: An Hour of Ruined Piano.

Emanem 5008.

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