Sound Memories

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Event Title: Sound Memories
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON, P0A 1X0
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • Genre: Electronic / Multimedia
  • External Link: Deep Wireless Performances

Sound Memories - A Deep Wireless Concert
Broadcast Live on NAISA Radio

Photographs trigger memories of places we have visited. Sound recordings of those same places often give us a chance to relive those moments and even re-experience them on an emotional and visceral level. The sound artists included on this concert - James Andean, Stefana Fratila, Daniel Linn-Pearl and the duo of Guillaume Campion and Guillaume Côté - use sound recordings from across Europe and eastern North America to re-live experiences from their past while introducing us - the listening audience - to a new world that might resonate with our own.


I. Hyvät matkustajat by James Andean
'Hyvät matkustajat' began as a "sonic postcard from Finland", using soundscape field recordings from around the country. The original material was later further developed as material for sonic exploration and spectral transformations. Everything in 'Hyvät matkustajat' is made from the original field recordings that first gave birth to the piece.

II. o perioadä de cincizeci de ani by Stefana Fratila
"o perioadä de cincizeci de ani", translated from Romanian as “a period of fifty years", interrogates the relationship between memory across distance (space/time) and between generations (collective/individual). Earlier this year, my entire family returned to Romania to celebrate my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It was our family’s first reunion since my parents and I immigrated to Canada in 1995. Through a sonic interplay of field recordings, I ask the listener to consider how emigration from our place of birth impacts our understanding of intergenerational memory and our ability to receive/pass down stories. For this project, I collected recordings of my family during our two weeks together, collaged amidst the sounds that have surrounded me each summer that I’ve returned alone: church bells, crickets, dogs barking, wedding parties passing by, or building a fire to the sound of the local station playing off a radio my grandpa built under communism using a spare car battery. The recordings act as testimonies assembled in the shape of a ‘sonic’ photo album, denoting the consequences of immigration, namely the sensation of continuously missing loved ones and feeling perpetually uprooted and isolated, while also drawing on the paradoxical nostalgia for communism experienced across Eastern European states.

III. Babble Streams and Cicada Routes by Daniel Linn-Pearl
Audio samples collected on a journey in and around Toronto as well as trips south by train to Raleigh, have been composed in this work. The audience is invited to move around the space, manipulating the sonic narrative. Within its unfolding structure is the story of a family in transit.

IV. Projet Archipel by Guillaume Côté and Guillaume Campion
Projet Archipel is a cross-media work comprised of a 29-minute sound documentary (Archipel, 2016), an interactive website ( and a mobile soundwalk app, available on iPhone and Android devices. Driven by a desire to address concrete informative facts through the poetry of electroacoustic music, composers Guillaume Côté and Guillaume Campion tackle the complex relationship between the archipelago of Montréal and its surrounding waters, mainly focusing on the St.Lawrence River, a majestuous stream strongly symbolic of the history and identity of Québec’s metropolis.

Interviewees for the sound documentary (in order of appearance) : Richard Bergeron, Alexandre Joly, Claude Cormier, Simon Lebrun, Jean-François Parenteau, anonymous fisherman, Jean Desjardins, Denis Coderre, Chantal Rouleau.

Thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the arts, Code d’accès, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab (LMCML) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).