Archive for March, 2008


Online abyss

March 30, 2008

Paris’ Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle has opened an exhibit showcasing flora and fauna of the deep ocean. Their online companion to ABYSSES is scroll ‘n’ click fact-filled eye candy. I feel a poem coming on…



March 29, 2008

ahh, the week’s offered a bouquet of structured improv events.

- found myself at somewhere there wednesday evening to catch quorum. the music proved quite generative for me, and i penned a few new poetic bitlets that should prove useful in the larger, ongoing manuscript. also had a few nice ideas for collaboration and sounding, which pleases.

- thursday evening kicked off with a conduction workshop lead by NYC writer/musician greg tate. great to have exposure to butch morris’ conduction signals, and then to see them in action during burnt sugar‘s 10-piece performance later that evening at lula lounge. absolutely funky, rocktastic, soupy, and epiphanic.

- misha glouberman’s terrible noises for beautiful people: the birthday edition filled friday’s evening. i can’t say enough positive things about what a fascinating journey it is to sound in groups of people. misha lead a larger group (started around 60 folks, i think) through a three-hour session of sound games. favourite moments include when a ten-year-old conducted ten adults (who gave wholehearted, uninhibited aural feedback) and, later, ebbs and flows of choral synchronicity.

- tonight, i’m looking forward to witnessing abattoir (kaeja d’dance).

sunday’s a day of rest, and then poetry mayhem ensues next week with the tongue, stan dragland, and bpnichol celebration. the sounding returns on saturday to somewhere there with my new favourite: kidnextdoor (christine duncan, susanna hood, nilan perera).


Manuscript name-shift version 3.5

March 29, 2008

I’m thick into a writing project. The deeper I explore it, the more certain working titles resurface. It’s such a different experience from Wide slumber for lepidopterists, as I had that title confirmed from the project’s inception. I posted this last September about the many working titles that’ve affixed themselves to the current text mass, and now I’m considering a return to a working title of Environment Canada. We’ll see how long this lasts. I have a feeling the eventual title for this project hasn’t yet surfaced, and that the amassing titles are linked to other concepts not yet hatched.


Interactive audio

March 25, 2008

Jim Andrews offers this intriguing list of online sites focused on interactive audio.

I had little luck/patience with FLOU, and my computer refused to recognize or plug-in the necessary Shockwave for NEONLIGHT, LA COLONIE, and ACTIONIST RESPOKE. SOUNDGARDEN, though, worked. Despite its 90s grunge moniker, SOUNDGARDEN comes across as a simplistic walk in the eponymous garden, with pixellated flowers blooming to a chorus of a capella sopranos. Feels like MYST meets “The Pool” by Tori Amos.

Jörg Piringer‘s digital and interactive sound poems made me smile. The second one reminds me of the structure for a sound-to-page poem on which I’m currently working. I’m in love with Piringer’s take on letters as living organisms in the fourth and the sixth sound poem.

DarwInstruments has a love-at-first-site (!) effect, as the graphics and sounds are slick and chic. I feel like I need to spend more time to understand how the hybridization works, and to figure out whether this is all show, or if there’s a solid execution of the concept.


Chris Dupuis blogging

March 25, 2008

Toronto’s interdisciplinary artist and arts writer Chris Dupuis has started a poignant, savvy, candid blog unpacking regional performance and arts politics.


Darwin Exhibit at the ROM

March 24, 2008

Has anyone been to the Darwin Exhibit at the ROM yet?


sigur rós’ glósóli

March 23, 2008

why love.


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