Radio

Interviews

I conceived and conducted these interviews for the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. They are presented here by permission.

Mack Furlong on time and Sun Ra, from Sound It Out Episode #8.

Neelamjit Dhillon on his project Komagata Maru, from Sound It Out Episode #6.

Jason Robinson on latency and delay between the senses, from Sound It Out Episode #63.

David Lee on Toronto’s avant-garde in the 60s, from Sound It Out Episode #60.

Sarah Washington and Knut Aufermann on networked radio art, from Sound It Out Episode #19.

Navid Navab on enchanted sound objects, from Sound It Out Episode #25.

William Straw on audience, artifacts, and community, from Sound It Out Episode #24.

Christine Duncan on gestural vocabulary for improvising choir, from Sound It Out Episode #18.

Ruby Kato Attwood on gendering voice and pretty singing, from Sound It Out Episode #26.

Simone Schmidt on making the archives audible, from Sound It Out Episode #67.

I-Ying Wu on Wu and improvised body practice from Sound It Out Episode #69.

Douglas R. Ewart on self-love and community music, Sound It Out Episode # 43.

Documentaries

The Aesthetics of Transparency: Improvising in Toronto’s City Council Chambers

In the middle of February, Toronto-based artist collective Public Recordings staged a performance of Pauline Oliveros‘ score To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation at Toronto’s City Hall, in the Council Chambers. In this episode, we inquire into how artistic collaboration can illuminate what it means to act together in new formations of community.

The Paradox of Silence on the Po River Delta

‘In music, silence is more important than sound,’ says Miles Davis. In April 2018, a multi-disciplinary gathering of musicians, dancers, philosophers, and designers convened in Italy’s Po River Delta to listen to the river in preparation for a performance at the UNESCO International Jazz Day in Padova.

Summer Symphony, St. John’s Newfoundland

This special hour travels through the Sound Symposium in St. John’s Newfoundland with the members of the Summer Institute of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. The theme for this episode is overcoming aversion to discomfort through group improvising. The Summer Institute brought together scholars and practitioners of all descriptions, not everyone skilled in every variety of improvisation. We pushed our boundaries and came face to face with the normative limits of much performance styles.

Cat Touch

Why are we drawn to touch, stroke, pat, nuzzle, scratch, and “scoogie” our pets? What lies beneath the tactile bond between humans and non-human animals, and how does our virtual life adapt to it?

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