2020


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


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

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.”


July 4th, 2020

6pm- 7pm

Dispersion Relation X

EAO@DRX: the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra, open rehearsals

Featuring:
Colin James Gibson – Guitar
Faadhi Fauzi – Electric guitar/FM synthesis
Omar Shabbar – Guitar
Danny Sheahan – Violin
Tom Bickley – EWI, Max, Recorders maybe<
Rob Gill – Live multi-track mixing
Diane Roblin – Piano and keyboard
Viv Corringham – Voice and voice processing
Kathy Kennedy – Voice petals
Gayle Young – Strings, stones and toys
Lo Bil – Vocal or participant
Björn Eriksson – AudioMulch, dictaphone, voice, bells
Doug Van Nort – Soundpainting-style conducting/composing


June 26th, 2020

6pm-7pm

Dispersion Relation X

The Dispersion Relations continue with number X
…where X = you, in the virtual space of Zoom
Free improvisation / any instrumentation

Featuring:
Colin James Gibson – Guitar
Viv Corringham – Voice and voice processing
Gayle Young – Strings, stones and toys
Maxwell Moorehead – Streaming
Doug Van Nort – greis/electronics, harmonica, voice


June 20th, 2020

6pm- 7pm

Dispersion Relation X

EAO@DRX: the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra, open rehearsals

Featuring:
Colin James Gibson – Guitar
Vladislav Luchnikov – DSI Evolver, DX27
Faadhi Fauzi – Electric guitar or FM synthesis
Danny Sheahan – violin
Tom Bickley EWI, Max, Recorders maybe
Rob Gill live multi-track mixing
Diane Roblin piano and keyboard
Aida Khorsandi Laptop, Made objects, Voice<
Viv Corringham Voice and voice processing
Lo Bil – Vocal or participant
Amy Reed – voice electronics guitar<
Björn Eriksson – AudioMulch, dictaphone, voice, bells
Doug Van Nort – Soundpainting-style conducting/composing


June 13th, 2020

6pm-7pm

Dispersion Relation X

EAO@DRX: the Electro-Acoustic Orchestra, open rehearsals

Featuring:
Colin James Gibson Guitar
Vladislav Luchnikov DSI Evolver, DX27<
Faadhi Fauzi Electric guitar or FM synthesis
Danny Sheahan violin<
Tom Bickley EWI, Max, Recorders maybe
Rob Gill live multi-track mixing
Diane Roblin piano and keyboard
Aida Khorsandi Laptop, Made objects, Voice<
Rory Hoy Processed Bass
Omar Shabbar Electric guitar
Viv Corringham Voice and voice processing
Kieran Maraj Electronics
lo bil Vocal or participant
Amy Reed voice electronics guitar
Björn Eriksson AudioMulch, dictaphone, voice, bells
Doug Van Nort – Soundpainting-style conducting/composing


June 6th, 2020

7pm-8pm

Dispersion Relation X ft. Counterstasis

This week’s Dispersion Relation X welcomes very special guests!

The trio Counterstatis had originally invited Doug Van Nort to play with them at Array Space in Toronto in April as part of their CD launch event.

We’ve decided to move this previously- planned concert online.
Moving away slightly from the normal solos/duos/full ensemble structure, this event will feature combinations of solos/duos/trios/quartet.

About:
Counterstasis is a collaborative trio featuring Glen Hall (woodwinds, electroacoustics), Bill Gilliam (piano, prepared piano), and Joe Sorbara (drums, percussion).They prefer uncertainty and the possibility of transformation to anything like perfection or stability. They work to counter stasis, to foster change, to create a music in which their individual voices can be bent by, refracted through the voices of their co-conspirators. Their CD “Counterstasis – Refracted Voices” produced with the support of the the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council was released in Sept 2019.