Border Bee is a new customs service born from the demand of a novel importing community: You. The growth of e-commerce has turned many businesses into reluctant importers, exposed to the compliance and supply-chain risks of a traditional distributor.
Between April and June 2015, La marche (est haute) introduces ten digital, sound and artistic interventions in urban areas with the common denominator to travel at slow speed (walking) or variable speed. This project was documented on a web-based map.
The wasteland near Avenue Durocher and Avenue Atlantic is a former rail yard and ongoing construction site. Over the past decade, roads, aqueducts and tunnels have appeared and with that came new landforms. Dirt hills have become fertile, and ponds have attracted new wildlife. All this has changed the area around it not only visually but sonically as well. Resonant surfaces have appeared in the form of concrete structures that reflect the sounds of approaching trains and distant traffic. Crickets sing in the surrounding field alongside the resonant hums of nearby construction.
During the months of August and September 2016, the area and its development were captured through field recording, video and photographs. This map shows our documentation and welcomes viewers to navigate the captured material online.
Founded in 1986, the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) is Canada’s official national association for electroacoustics and as such is dedicated to promoting this progressive art form in its broadest definition: from “pure” acousmatic and computer music to soundscape and sonic art to hardware hacking and beyond.
eContact!, the CEC’s online journal of electroacoustics, was launched in May 1998 as the successor to the print journal, Contact! (1988–97), and is published four times a year. Each issue focusses on a particular theme or topic, and Guest Editors have been invited to coordinate one issue per year since eContact! 7.x (2004–05). Articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries and analyses are featured in the journal, often supported by audio and video files. All issues are freely available to the public.
Tsikaya - Músicos do Interior is a music project that invites composers and musicians in the rural areas of Angola to participate in a digital platform enabling their music to be promoted and shared with a global audience. Field recordings are regularly performed by local teams in each province contributing to a growing digital archive of traditional as well as contemporary music. Tsikaya has taken place in the provinces of Cuando-Cubango, Benguela, Huíla, Cunene and Huambo and aims at covering the whole national territory. Currently the project also hosts a sample of old music archives collected by Ulrich Martini in Andulu, Bié from 1969 to 1973 and by Diamang in the provinces of Lunda and Moxico in the 40s, 50s and 60s, allowing a comparison to be made between the music and instruments that existed at that time and what is being performed today.
Michael Nardone is a doctoral candidate at Concordia University's Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. He is managing editor of Amodern, and assistant editor of Jacket2.
Spaceteam ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) is a crazy and fun English learning game you play with your friends and classmates using phones or tablets. Your team of 2-4 players is working together to fly a spaceship. To survive, you must follow the instructions and press the right buttons on your control panel on your phone. But there is a problem with your ship—your instructions are being sent to your friends’ phones, and your friends’ instructions are being sent to your phone! This means that if you want to survive, you must communicate and work together!
Fredrik Gran is an award-winning composer originally from the Vällingby suburb in Stockholm, Sweden. His music and research intersects electroacoustic and acoustic sound ideas, employing mechanic/robotic interactive units, amplified instruments and objects, computer-assisted transcription of his own electroacoustic music and purpose-made electronic models into the notated sphere of acoustic instruments. Fredrik’s work covers orchestral, chamber, vocal, electroacoustic and live electronic music, as well as music for installations, museums, dance, digital- and visual art.
Devora Neumark is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher, educator, frequent lecturer and consultant for the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. She completed her SSHRC-funded research-creation PhD – titled, Radical Beauty for Troubled Times – in April 2013 at Concordia University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. Addressing the role that house-beautification plays for individuals coming to terms with the traumas associated with involuntary dislocation, this body of dialogic performances situates aesthetics as critically important to establishing the conditions for remaking home in the aftermath of domicide, environmental disaster, and other instances of home’s destruction.
"T-shirts for normal people". Screen-printed T-shirts and other apparel, sold in a store in Montréal and online. Focus: Aspects of Montréal, its quirkiness. Also philosophical and literary subjects. All art produced using eco-friendly products (like water-based ink). Most production equipment self-made (printing machine etc.)
Vincent Nsengiyumva is an artist born in Rwanda with Twa cultural roots, which are local to the African Great Lakes. At a very young age, Vincent was exposed to music, dance and the timeless stories of traditional Rwandan culture under his grandparents’ tutelage. He is currently among a handful of performing artists worldwide who was trained through this timeless way of indigenous Rwandan cultural transmission. Before forced to leave Rwanda, Vincent was a member of the Rwandan National Ballet and performed with them as a dancer, singer and musician.
Upon arrival in Canada on January 17, 2009, Vincent began the process of requesting asylum in the wake of the violence he experienced in his home country and as a refugee in mortal danger. After years of legal proceedings, the verdict was announced in December 2014 concerning his requests for humanitarian consideration and for compassional consideration through the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRAA) process: both requests were denied.
#UnisAvecVincent is a campaign to raise funds and awareness of Vincent's unfortunate situation.
Jane Tingley received her MFA at Concordia University in 2006 and uses new media, sculpture, and installation to explore ideas involving identity and contemporary experience.
Steph Colbourn is a sound editor living in Montréal, Canada. EDITAUD.IO offers services to help people create high-quality podcasts and reach their target audience.
Classic comfort food in warm surroundings (open until 3 AM Thurs-Sat) & a weekend brunch in Montréal.
This witty web series follows the virtual lives of a handful academics playing Minecraft together. An online adventure of fun, smarts and drama.
Sounding the City is an online exhibition dedicated to capturing urban environments and re-imagining their soundscapes through site-specific installations and acoustic interventions.
Geek Girls is the first feature-length documentary exploring the hidden half of fan culture: nerdy women. Although geeky communities have recently risen to prominence as major cultural contributors, very little attention has been directed towards the women who live and work with nerd culture on a daily basis.
The Synthesis Center at Arizona State University asks: How can we create environments that are richer but not more complicated, and how can we create environments that we would want to live in?
The Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) Research Centre is a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration in digital game studies and design. We focus on the convergent interests of faculty and students in the context of the worldwide development of the vibrant new fields of digital game studies and game design.
The SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb partnership aims to develop coordinated and collaborative approaches to literary historical study, digital development, and critical and pedagogical engagement with diverse collections of literary sound recordings from across Canada and beyond.
Milieux is an institute for research-creation at the intersection of the fine arts, digital culture and information technology. It is a platform for creative experimentation, interdisciplinary training and progressive imagination in the middle of Concordia University in downtown Montreal. At Milieux we examine, co-create and share ideas, technological prototypes, experiences and practices that challenge assumptions about what is possible to be, to do and to imagine in a rapidly changing digital world. Our main focus is on creative and critical articulations of new technologies and the production of tangible, playable and accessible research that can be useful to generate new meaning and inform participation, engagement and innovation across culture, economy and civil society. Milieux breaks down barriers that have separated researchers, designers and artists in the university to work with communities, industry and the cultural sector to explore new solutions to pressing problems through core research on the interaction between people, technologies and culture.
For roughly 20 years, the Words and Music Show, established and organized by poet and musician Ian Ferrier, has been a constant cultural haven for a wide variety of performers living in and visiting Montreal. As the city’s longest running spoken word poetry, literature, performance, and music show, it has featured and celebrated top names from across the country and offered both seasoned and burgeoning artists a space to share their work and to practice performing brand new works for receptive audiences. In turn, it is our goal to celebrate the show’s continuing legacy with the launch a new easy-access platform intended to preserve invaluable audio assets and visual materials, capable of facilitating new research efforts and to expose a new audience to the works and artists that have contributed to the W&M Show’s success.
Kamal is a website developed for Centro Huarte, in Huarte (Spain).
"This mapping project tries to give an orientation about the artistic scene of Navarre and its cultural agents. To offer a panoramic view, a diverse and vast territory, following different criteria: geographical, chronological, social, local...We have placed special emphasis on the world of scenes, sometimes ephemeral scenes, and in any case difficult to document, that mark this landscape and the threads that intertwine them."
Collaboration with Paula Carralero and Federico Foderaro.
The Montréal Sound Map is a web-based soundscape project that allows users to upload field recordings to a Google Map of Montréal. The soundscape is constantly changing, and this project acts as a sonic time capsule with the goal of preserving sounds before they disappear.
The San Francisco Bay Sound Map was designed and launched by electronic musician Bruno Ruviaro, ethnomusicologist Christina Zanfagna, and sound artist / web developer Max Stein in 2015. The map offers an interactive platform and historical archive for the soundscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Max Stein is a full stack web developer and media artist based in Los Angeles.
For the past 10 years, he has worked as a freelance web developer and consultant on all sorts of work, including: