Friday, October 6, 2017
Event Title: Viscous Æther
  • Region: British Columbia
  • Venue / Location: Church of Truth – 111 Superior St., Victoria, BC
  • Time: 8:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • Genre: Woodwinds
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Viscous Æther
manipulations of air to make sound
New music by Nathan Friedman and Dave Riedstra performed by Trio Taco and guests

Friday 6 October 8pm
Church of Truth
111 Superior St James Bay
Admission $10

Gilles Fresnais
Composition Date: 1974
Duration: 00:06:02


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Tape
Programme Note:
Electroacoustic music based on stigmergy which is a mechanism of interaction between actions. The trace left in the previous music segment stimulates the next action by the same or a different agent. So subsequent musical segments tends to reinforce and build on each other. It's a kind of self organization which produces complex and seemingly intelligent structures.


  • Call Number:
  • AR3211
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 7, 2015
  • Type:
  • Sound recording, archival
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 streaming audio file ; (6:02)
    This is a streaming audio track, part of the CentreStreams project. CentreStreams is made possible through the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada and CBC Radio 2.
    Ceci est une piste de son en continu, du projet Musiflots. Musiflots a été mis sur pied grâce au soutien du ministère du Patrimoine canadien, du Trust pour la préservation de l'audiovisuel et de CBC Radio 2.
  • Additional Information:
  • For 2-channel audio dissemination (radio, speakers, headphones). Composer-performer-sound manipulation: Gilles Fresnais. From creative sessions in the composer's studio in 1974.
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Click here to listen to Stimergie in Centrestreams.

CThornborrow picture
on July 10, 2012

I had an “oh-man,-I-wish-I was-there-to-hear-that” moment when I was lolligagging around the Sound Symposium website. The "there" I wanted to be at was Signal Hill, and what I wanted to hear was Mack Furlong’s harbor symphony, Brute. The recording is barely a day old as I post this, although I can’t find any information on whether or not this was a premiere. But I'd like to be considered a secondary reason to this video's viral success if it goes all George Takei popular on the internet...

Them's be jokes.