2020


August, 2020

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, 6-7pm ET on Zoom!
Electro-Acoustic Orchestra @ Dispersion Relation X Continues!
About:
The Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (dir. Doug Van Nort) is an ensemble comprised of a mixture of acoustic and electronic performers. It is an emergent sonic organism that evolves through collective attention to all facets of sound, and soundpainting-based real-time composition.
The conducting language used with the group is based on Soundpainting, with modifications and additions by Van Nort for the electro-acoustic context. In the words of the language’s inventor: “The Soundpainter (the composer) standing in front (usually) of the group communicates a series of signs using hand and body gestures indicating specific and/or aleatoric material to be performed by the group. The Soundpainter develops the responses of the performers, molding and shaping them into the composition then signs another series of gestures, a phrase, and continues in this process of composing the piece.”
The EAO functions as a year-round resident ensemble for the DisPerSion Lab, and also runs as an undergraduate and graduate course during the Fall terms. EAO integrates members from YorkU, the larger Toronto electroacoustic and improvising communities, and the international community of electro/acoustic improvisers via performances over the internet.
Lineup:
Tom Bickley
Lo Bil
Viv Corringham
Faadhi Fauzi
Colin James Gibson
Diane Roblin
Danny Sheahan
Doug Van Nort

August, 2020

Saturday, August 8th, 2020, 6-7pm ET on Zoom!
Electro-Acoustic Orchestra @ Dispersion Relation X Continues!
About:
The Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (dir. Doug Van Nort) is an ensemble comprised of a mixture of acoustic and electronic performers. It is an emergent sonic organism that evolves through collective attention to all facets of sound, and soundpainting-based real-time composition.
The conducting language used with the group is based on Soundpainting, with modifications and additions by Van Nort for the electro-acoustic context. In the words of the language’s inventor: “The Soundpainter (the composer) standing in front (usually) of the group communicates a series of signs using hand and body gestures indicating specific and/or aleatoric material to be performed by the group. The Soundpainter develops the responses of the performers, molding and shaping them into the composition then signs another series of gestures, a phrase, and continues in this process of composing the piece.”
The EAO functions as a year-round resident ensemble for the DisPerSion Lab, and also runs as an undergraduate and graduate course during the Fall terms. EAO integrates members from YorkU, the larger Toronto electroacoustic and improvising communities, and the international community of electro/acoustic improvisers via performances over the internet.
Lineup:
Tom Bickley
Lo Bil
Björn Eriksson
Colin James Gibson
Kathy Kennedy
Diane Roblin
Omar Shabbar
Danny Sheahan
Gayle Young
Doug Van Nort

April/May 2020

Dispersion Relation X

The Dispersion Relations continue with number X
…where X = you, in the virtual space of Zoom

Doug Van Nort will play each week on Zoom with the first N people to sign up here!: https://forms.gle/TxypokFEy1YYRyPN6

Free improvisation / any instrumentation
April 4, 25, May 2 / 9 / 16 / 23 / 30 from 6-7pm
we will sound check at 5:30pm
listeners welcome!
Meeting URL will be shared with performers and posted here in advance
Zoom tech notes for performers:
-consider turning off “automatically adjust mic volume” during performance
-in Preferences–>audio, under the “advanced” tab, consider selecting “show option to enable original sound'”. This will give you a button on the video screen. People with noisy/textural sound may want original sound on. People using acoustic instrumentation and laptop mic may want this on.


March/April 2020

Due to the rapidly-evolving situation regarding COVID-19, the following planned events are CANCELLED.

March  13: Kathy Kennedy: The Oral Soundscape, lecture/workshop/performance
March 20: Alan Licht in conversation: Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories
March 29: the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra and York Wind Ensemble perform Eric Whitacre’s Deep Field
April 3: the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra perform two sets featuring interactive conducting and 28 channel spatialization
April 8: Liveware (Century/Lawson) accordion and live coded visuals
April 14: Students of the graduate course Vertical Studio/Lab present a concert/installation of works utilizing interactive machine learning


February 19th, 2020

1:00-5:00pm
Workshop + Dispersion Relation (#7) Performance feat. Diemo Schwarz

Please join us for this two-part event featuring IRCAM’s Diemo Schwarz!

What:

Workshop with Schwarz: 1-3pm

Dispersion Relation #7: 4-5:30pm
Doug Van Nort welcomes special guests Diemo Schwarz (CataRT) + Glen Hall (Saxophone + Catoracle)

About the event(s):

From 1-3pm we will be in Workshop mode, with Diemo leading us through the use of the amazing sonic software tools that Dispersion is using heavily these days, and which he has created (CataRT) or had a major hand in creating (MUBU).

Then at 4pm is #7 in the Dispersion Relation series, where Diemo shall perform with Doug Van Nort and invited guest Glen Hall, highly-accomplished TO improviser and Catoracle user.

About the guests:

Schwarz:
Diemo Schwarz, born in Germany in 1969, is a researcher at IRCAM, and a musician and creative programmer.

His scientific research on sound analysis/synthesis and gestural control of interaction with music is the basis of his artistic work, and allows to bring advanced and fun musical interaction to expert musicians and the general public via installations like the dirty tangible interfaces (DIRTI) and augmented reality (Topophonie mobile).
In 2017 he was DAAD Edgar-Varèse guest professor for computer music at TU Berlin.

He performs on his own digital musical instrument based on his CataRT open source software, exploring different collections of sound with the help of gestural controllers that reconquer musical expressiveness and physicality for the digital instrument, bringing back the immediacy of embodied musical interaction to the rich sound worlds of digital sound processing and synthesis.
He interprets and performs improvised electronic music as member of the 30-piece ONCEIM improvisers orchestra, or with musicians such as Frédéric Blondy, Richard Scott, Gael Mevel, Pascal Marzan, Massimo Carrozzo, Nicolas Souchal, Fred Marty, Hans Leeuw.
He composes for dance and performance (Sylvie Fleury, Frank Leibovici), video (Benoit Gehanne and Marion Delage de Luget), and installation (Christian Delecluse, Cecile Babiole),

Hall:
Born in Winnipeg, saxophonist/flutist/composer Glen Hall has earned an international reputation for his creative approach to jazz and improvised music. He has performed and recorded with luminaries like legendary arranger Gil Evans, avant-garde trombonist Roswell Rudd and Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. In the words of The Globe and Mail: “aggressively contemporary…Hall has all the marks of an original mind.”

 


February 15th, 2020

5:00-7:00pm

(doors at 5, playing starts at 5:30)

Telematic II
 The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave
DisPerSion Lab, 334 Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, YorkU

(audience welcome at both locations!)

The second of a three-part series of network-based musical performances, this concert links disparate parts of Toronto, bridging two very distinct and complementary performing arts spaces. The concert welcomes some of the strongest and longest-standing voices in Toronto’s improvisation scene. The performance invites the distributed quartet, with two performers per location, to freely improvise and explore their sense of collective presence in this unique conjoined venue, listening across spaces and to the virtual “space between” for dialogue and connection.

Array Performers:
Glen Hall (bass clarinet)
Casey Sokol (piano/prepared piano)

Dispersion Performers:
Sarah Peebles (sho)
Doug Van Nort (greis/electronics)

Array Network+Video Engineering/Technical Direction:
Michael Palumbo

Array Audio Engineering/Networking:Kieran Maraj

Dispersion A/V Engineering/Networking and Virtual Acoustics Research:
Rory Hoy

Special thanks for Pre-Concert Audio/Video Support:
Kelley Mitchell
Danny Sheahan

Array Streaming/Telematic Co-Conspirators past/present/future:
Ricks Sacks
David Schotzko
Anne Bourne

Part of the Doug Van Nort’s SSHRC Partnership Engage Project “Connecting Communities Through Telematic Music”, with Partner Arraymusic. Audience at both sites will also have the opportunity to provide feedback and contribute to the larger research-creation endeavour!

..and for those keeping track, this is also Dispersion Relation #6!

 


January 24th, 2020

5:30-7:30pm
Dispersion Relation #5: Doug Van Nort with guest Michael Palumbo
Dispersion Relations
(or, dvnt and friends)

In this semi-regular series, every other Friday (+/- 1 week) in the Dispersion Lab, Doug Van Nort performs with curated and invited guests.

All are welcome to come and listen in this immersive sonic space. The lab door will remain open, and people are welcome to come in late or leave early during the show. (Please remove shoes before entering!)

The fifth event welcomes Dispersion Lab researcher Palumbo, who has been delving deep into experiments in modular synthesis, developing a new and evolving performance practice on his custom rig.


December 21st, 2020

7pm

Quarantine: A Telematic nO(t)pera (pocket edition)

Quarantine: A Telematic nO(t)pera is a piece by Doug Van Nort, created for the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra (EAO), for the virtual space of connected isolation, for Casper the cat, and for self-sanity. It is not an Opera, but it is not not an Opera. It is a composition for musical, visual and virtual engagement. The music consists of six movements that span disparate sonic landscapes. It is organized by pre-composed palettes that integrate text, graphics, Soundpainting and software instruments, and are augmented with additional real-time composition via EAO’s unique Soundpainting conducting. This content is a crystallization of ideas that have emerged from months of regular online rehearsals that date back to the beginning of the pandemic, bringing together performers from three continents and numerous time zones. As a meditation on (and a product of) our network-mediated present, the nO(t)pera also introduces diverse networks of improvised collaboration: cross performer-machine collaboration, performer-animal collaboration and audience-machine-performer collaboration.

This first performance, created for the Winter Solstice, is a “pocket edition” in that it is the first performance of musical and dramaturgical content that will be performed again, in an expanded fashion, in 2021.

Please note!: In one movement of the piece, the audience will be invited to improvise drawing input that will be interpreted by machine learning algorithms, and in turn will determine the overall structure and sonic content of the music.

Streaming is free and all are welcome to join. That said, there will be a virtual tip jar, with all proceeds split evenly amongst all musicians. Support the arts!

Streaming Location: https://youtu.be/QPp7es0T3To”

Credits:

Composition and Direction:
Doug Van Nort

Electro-Acoustic Orchestra:
Tom Bickley (EWI+electronics), Lo Bil (voice), Viv Corringham (voice+electronics ), Björn Eriksson (feedback boxes), Faadhi Fauzi (synths), Colin James Gibson (guitar), Yuanfen Gu (notpera granular patch), Rory Hoy (bass+electronics), Melanie Jagmohan (guitar+legos), Kathy Kennedy (voice+electronics), Aida Khorsandi (notpera FM patch), Nicholas Lina (bass), Kieran Maraj (kin/electronics), Diane Roblin (inside piano/synths), Omar Shabbar (guitar+electronics), Danny Sheahan (violin+electronics), Peter Vukosavljevic (percussion), Doug Van Nort (conducting/composing).

Live action-or-lack-thereof:
Casper, the cat

Cat-herding and video work:
Stacy Denton

Virtual Staging and visuals:
Rory Hoy

Deep Machine Learning (conducting and drawing recognition):
Kieran Maraj


August 1st, 2020

6pm-7pm 

Dispersion Relation X 

The One-Sample Ensemble

Five digital/sound artists join Doug Van Nort for a special version of Dispersion Relation X
Each person contributes one 1-10 second sample, and the group uses this to weave a new improvised electroacoustic piece from the source material using their own idiosyncratic digital instrumentation.

First 30 minutes are 5-minute solos, second 30 is ensemble performance

Featuring:

Tom Bickley
Lo Bil
Faadhi Fauzhi
Biagio Blaise Francia
Fae Sirois
Doug Van Nort


July 15th, 2020

6pm-7pm

Locus Diffuse: Lecture/Demo by: Rory Hoy

Come hear DisPerSion Lab member Rory Hoy present his Master’s Research Project, Locus Diffuse.

Rory will present for 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of demo in which audience are invited to play with the piece, with some time at the end for Q&A.

About the Project:

“Locus Diffuse is a networked multi-user instrument populated by a simulated slime mold and four human players. Mimicking the biological behavior of slime mold and establishing a virtual living network between player nodes, the system sonifies interaction along these connections. Stigmergy resulting from distributed participant positions and autonomous agent sensing/signalling results in a collaborative sonic environment facilitating the social ritual of musical play. Participants use a browser based interface to play the multi-user instrument, and access an accompanying stream for audio and visual output of the system. Player responses from various play sessions are explored and reported in relation to emergent narratives, reflections on the sense of self within the established collective, various visual and aural perspectives, characterization of four experienced environmental states, and natural metaphors for behavior of the system.”