Posts categorized “AUDIO”.

stilllife (2024)

stilllife is a 3-channel sound installation with ecological and poetic references. Material and organic elements are organized into techno-organic composites that suggest instruments yet are mute. Audible sound, produced from experimental actions with the material composites, is output as recorded sound through digital soundboards to separate nodes of sound. The evolving composition suggests language, entrainment, or sonic materiality. Possibility and renewal are performed through invention, play, and adaptability.

Interlude (2023)

Interlude is a 4-channel sound installation that uses field recordings from SW Ontario to construct an evolving composition, modified in real-time by software and by the dynamic relations of sound and space. As a site, the foyer connects the street and the gallery: events in the street bleed into the entryway; sound from the installation expands into the adjacent gallery and throughout the building. The listener hears the mix of live and recorded sound of inside and outside as the fluctuation of sound in time and space. In 20/50 Anniversary Exhibition, PAVED ARTS, Saskatoon.

when the crickets hesitate (2021)

Speakers, organic matter, and signal cable cover the gallery floor evoking our techno-organic natureculture. An evolving soundscape of field recordings from land, air, and water in SW Ontario mixes sense and nonsense of human and nonhuman sound – bugs and birds, motors, wind, thunder, and waves – processed to distort their identity. The sonic becomings present an uncertain ecology of fluctuating forces and affect. The listener is immersed in a sonic space that is familiar and unfamiliar, located and dislocating. Sound intermingles with the moving images of Eeva Siivonen’s video in a sensorial environment of ambiguous presence and absence. In Written on the Earth, McIntosh Gallery, London, ON.

when the crickets hesitate, 2021

A Little Piece of String (2018)

Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s 1914 literary text, Tender Buttons, which performs everyday objects to shift the stability of form and meaning, my approach is sonic: signal is transferred to everyday materials and objects to produce kinetic-sonic actions and interactions with recurrence. A multi-channel sound installation unfolds as an evolving composition of spatialized sound using a serial algorithm for signal generation, pick-up mics for amplification, and delay as output. Transforming the same into difference guides the listener through the space of the gallery. Solo Exhibition, Remai Modern, Saskatoon.

A Little Piece of String, 2018

<Listen 1> Installation

<Listen 2> Performance Improvisation with Jeff Morton

In Conversation:

This work included a Web commission by the Remai Modern in 2017. (See PERFORMANCE: Material Signals)

Small Sonorities (2017-)

Physical interfaces, materials, objects, surface exciters, and frequency modulation produce audible and physical vibration. In a stand where it did shake, objects positioned on the vibrating interfaces create small,  percussive, localized sound in reaction to the signal. The work is an installation and performance. In performance, I work with the dynamics and rhythms of the component elements and their kinetic actions, sound and silence. Group Exhibition, Latitude 53, Edmonton, 2018

 a stand where it did shake, 2018

A Pen. A Sponge.: Low frequency signal transferred to physical interfaces via vibrotactile transducers results in a kinetic sonic performance. Cycles of frequency modulation trigger material sonic actions as recurring composition of acoustic-electronic sound. A stylus circumnavigates  around the interior perimeter of a glass bowl as spectral sonic writing. A sponge moves in the speaker cone to create sonic texture. Touring Exhibition (Chatham, Toronto, London, Hamilton, Guelph) organized by Vibration Fusion Lab, 2017-2020

A Pen. A Sponge., 2017


Study in FM: Variation: Base frequencies relate to states of mind and body and the Earth’s electro-magnetic field. Kinetic and sonic actions of materials add a layer of analog sound. The empirical combines with experimental play in an endless loop of recurring signal. Group Exhibition, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, 2017

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                                                                         Study in FM: Variation, 2017


PickUpPutDown (2011)

PickUpPutDown is an interaction in and with architectural space and experimental sound making using surfaces of the gallery as ad hoc soundboards. Participants engage with objects and materials (instrument wires and resonant materials attached directly onto the walls) through interaction, improvisation and intuitive exploration. Sound is amplified with contacts mics, processed through software with delay and output to multiple speakers as distributed sound.  Performance at opening reception with Jeff Morton and David Grosse. Solo Exhibition, PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, 2011


VIDEO: Performed Installation 03’43

<LISTEN> PickUpPutDown 02’04

PUPD_RevisedInstallation Details: objects and materials for sound making

Lines Tones and Spaces (2011)

A situated, interactive installation in a 160′ long corridor using constructed and found elements. Two physical soundboards positioned at opposite ends of the corridor are equipped with objects and materials for live soundmaking. Participants improvise with materials and the interfaces through ludic play, negotiating co-creation and communication over distance. Sound is distributed to four speakers along the corridor with variable delays to stretch sound spatially as recursive sound. The project was completed during a residency at NSCAD U, in the Port Loggia campus, Halifax.

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Sound/Track (2010)

Sound/Track is a foot-controlled interface that uses local and imported organic matter, sensors and extremely low frequencies ranging from 7.8 Hz to 60 Hz. Impact of participants’ footsteps on the floor-level sound board triggers switches that release sonic frequencies as primary sound which activates matter in four speaker cones as a second layer of sound. Together, preset and chance sound events propose an experimental compositional process. Group Exhibition, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon.


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Speaker cones contain: dried flowers and berries; leaves (birch, basil, oregano, tea); water and Palestinian olive oil; seeds (peppercorn, coriander, hemp).

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Basement Suite (2009)

Basement Suite started in my domestic space. The living room floor became a soundboard for experimental sound making and the crawl space a recording studio and listening chamber. Participants performed the floor using extended techniques for sound generation with objects (furniture, pill bottle, boots, shoes, sponge, tuning forks, glockenspiel), animal and body parts (dog, knuckles, heels) and actions (walking, dancing, moving furniture, sweeping, knocking). Captured by contact microphones, I edited the recordings into an 8-channel psycho-acoustic composition for in-house and a gallery installation. 2-person exhibition, Open Space, Victoria, curated by Ted Hiebert & David Cechetto,


basssess_install11Physical elements of the gallery installation link to architectural and acoustic aspects of the domestic space. Suspended wooden platforms suggest a fragmented floating floor; speakers and a light fixture reference the house installation. The composition layers somatic rhythms, percussive beats and sustained phrases into an open narrative of spatialized sound.

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In-House Sound Recording + Installation, Saskatoon


The Phoneme Project is an extended investigation into polyphonic composition using phonemes as note events and multi-channel spatialized sound in installation and performance. Phonemes (the granular units of spoken language) are extracted from professional recordings of the International Phonetic Alphabet. The series includes sound installation, interactivity and performance.

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My process uses an iterative approach, focusing on composition generation, structure, physical interfaces, technology and/or interaction. The compositions suggest language as it is becoming or deteriorating, teasing with meaning, sense and sensibility. My references include sound, visual, linguistic, psychological and cartographic disciplines: aerial photography, cognitive (dys)functionality, linguistic gestalt and musical instruments.

vBox (2008)



vBox is a linguistic instrument of polyphonic sound. The twenty-foot sound cabinet houses four data banks of phonemes, eight scripts, twelve audio speakers and twenty-four external physical controllers.

Participants manipulate an existing composition in real-time using buttons, knobs sliders and switches as a solo or collaborative actions to alter tempo, rhythm and amplitude as sonic variables. Programming is in Max/MSP. The polyphonic composition is inspired by Dadaist sound poetry as sonic play and linguistic meaning. Presented at The Art of Immersive Soundscapes 2, Regina (2007). National tour: Kenderdine Art Gallery | College Building Gallery (2008), Doris McCarthy Gallery (2009) and Thames Art Gallery (2011). Solo exhibition at Surrey Art Gallery (2011). Catalogue, Essays by Annie Gérin and Marie Lovrod. Collection of Remai Modern, Saskatoon.


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convocare_consonare: duet for four voices (2007)

collaboration with Dr. David Gerhard, Computer Science, Regina


convocare_consonare uses sound and text-image projection in a poly-vocal composition generated in real time as a co-authored performance. Each participant wears two speaker devices with micro-controllers, buttons, an accelerometer and distance sensors housed in PVC tubes as low-tech speaker cabinets. Each speaker-unit is mapped to a discrete data bank of phonemes, synchronized to glyphs (the integrated sound and text-image unit) and projected. As composed sound, the four voices references choral music (soprano, alto, tenor, base), concrete poetry and synaesthesia. Presented at the International Computer Music Festival, Copenhagen (2007) and The Art of Immersive Soundscapes 2, Regina (2007).

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SoundsNervouse (2005-2006)


SoundsNervouse #2 is a 24-channel sound installation based on the taxonomy of the International Phonetic Alphabet for its compositional structure. Twenty distinct categories of phonemes are output to twenty tracks of sound; four additional channels use single phonemes, manipulated in performance using Max/MSP. Select speakers contain seed and water that is animated as the tempo and volume escalate. Formal linguistic structures are juxtaposed with subjective rhythms and interpretation. Developed and presented in performance during a residency at Western Front, Vancouver (2006).






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SoundsNervouse #1 maps 16 channels of discrete sound to colour organs in an audio-light installation. The fusion of colour, rhythm, silence and darkness suggest social anxiety without logical sensibility. Exhibited in North Bay (2005) and Calgary (2006).






banff fugue (2005)


banff fugue is the first version of The Phoneme Project using a MIDI keyboard, sampler software, real-time processing software, Bach’s 5th fugue and phonemes. The 16-channel spatialized vocal composition straddles music, sound poetry and free form experimentation as personal expression and social anxiety. Presented in Sound Madness 1, The Banff Centre for the Arts.