Music for Sound Thinking

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EMU presents Music for Mycologists

Saturday, November 15, 2 pm at the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC. Free Admission.

LaSaM’s Experimental Music Unit (EMU) presents the featured performance at the Surrey Art Gallery’s annual Sound Thinking Symposium.

The 2014 edition of the Symposium is titled Conversations in the Field: Sound, Ecology, and Reciprocity and it features leading sound artists, scholars, and researchers in the field of sound studies, along with visual artists who use sound as key components of their practice and musicians who experiment with the limits of music and sound.

EMU will perform selections from their Music for Mycologists project: Paul Walde‘s Interdeterminancy (for John Cage) and Tina Pearson‘s Hunt(3)(Chantarelles). Performers are Tina Pearson (flute), George Tzanetakis (clarinets), and Paul Walde (electric bass guitar).


The Sound Thinking Symposium’s key speaker and panelists represent a rich diversity of artists who are using sound to actively participate in a “conversation” with the natural world. Avant-garde composer David Dunn is the keynote speaker who is a pioneer of “environmental music.” In 1973, he travelled with three trumpet players to the Grand Canyon where they improvised with the spatial acoustics of rock formations and animals in the Canyon. Dunn lives in Sante Fe, New Mexico where he is the current director of the Art and Science Laboratory.

Panelists include Stephanie Loveless, Matt Smith, and Paul Walde who are all Open Sound 2014 exhibiting artists. Paul Walde’s piece Mycolophonia is the latest installation to go up at the Surrey Art Gallery, inspired by the work of the American composer and amateur mushroom enthusiast John Cage. This recording of mushroom spores as they are released into the air invites the listener to contemplate the relationship between music and mushrooms. Matt Smith’s BogScape is a “naturalistic” installation that generates sound from weather data gathering systems located in or near Burns Bog. Stephanie Loveless’s quadraphonic sound installation Cricket, Tree, Crow uses voice to investigate the communication of insect, plant, and animal worlds. These artists will be joined by Jennifer Schine, an award-winning researcher, sound artist, and communication specialist whose ethnographic work explores the aural and oral heritage of British Columbia’s coastal communities. She will be discussing the Broughton Archipelago Sound Retreat project.

Gabriel Mindel Saloman and Jordan Strom are the co-conveners.

The Sound Thinking Symposium takes place on Saturday, November 15, 12-5 pm. The event includes a panel discussion, refreshments, and EMU’s performance. Admission is free. 

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