EMMEDIA at Soundasaurus Festival 2012

Pre-festival film screening and programming partnership with EMMEDIA
Part of EPCOR CENTRE’s Soundasaurus Festival of Multimedia Sound Arts
Thursday, January 5, 2012 @ 7:30PM
Doors open @ 6:30PM
Tickets are FREE
There will be a 15‐minute Q&A with all three filmmakers at the end of the evening

The Delian Mode
Film by Kara Blake

Genie‐award winning The Delian Mode is a short, experimental documentary that revolves around the life and work of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her groundbreaking sound treatment of the Doctor Who theme music. A collage of sound and image created in the spirit of Derbyshire’s unique approach to audio creation and manipulation, this film illuminates soundscapes onscreen while paying tribute to a woman whose work has influenced electronic musicians for decades.

About Kara Blake:

Kara Blake currently burns the midnight oil in Montréal, Québec. Having worked as a director, editor and broadcast designer, she has contributed to projects ranging from high profile commercials and music videos to films and art installations. Kara holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film Production from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University in Montréal. Her work has been shown internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art New York, San Francisco Art Institute, The Art Gallery of Ontario and on the Independent Film Channel.

This evening also features artists curated by EMMEDIA:

Circles of Confusion
Performance by Kyle Whitehead

Circles of Confusion is a generative image and sound based performance composed of dual super 8 film-loop projections integrated with dual optically sensitive sine-wave oscillators.

Similar to a Theremin, these scratch-built oscillator circuits are controlled by light dependent sensors that modulate audible pitch and volume. Integrated into the projection system, the function of these Opto-Theremins is the real-time synthesis of discrete but complimentary dyadic sine-waveforms that are directly proportional to the intensity of the projected light – hand processed film images that are inverse matched but not mirrored pairs. Entropic by nature and not readily reproducible, this super 8 film material must be newly created for each presentation. The generative and reactionary conditions of Circles of Confusion create a hyper-awareness of the boundaries that exist between two distinct processes of sensory perception and blur the conventional divisions between them by suggesting that they are at once complementary and transmutable.

About Kyle Whitehead:

Kyle Whitehead is a new media artist working with small-format film, alternative photographic processes and lo-fi electronics. He prefers a careful and considered approach to image making; which should not be confused with best practices, as his work is more about embracing the potential of an indeterminate process. What he wants is the definitive by chance – leveraging Lo-Fi or DIY technologies often with unusual or startling effect. Kyle holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and currently resides in Calgary where he spends most of his time in the dark.

Experiments with The Synthesized Tape Ensemble
Performance by Carl Spencer

This performance will trace early experimental approaches to electronic music through formative methods of live tape manipulation and analog synthesis. Culling influences from Science Fiction, Kosmische Musik and Fluxus composition techniques, this performance will emphasize a dialogue among asyncronous machines as a means of exploring possibilities of indeterminate outcomes within improvisational music.

About Carl Spencer:

Carl Spencer is an artist who explores the re-actualization of obsolete consumer-based electronics as a means of generating alternative audio/visual outcomes. This investigative process attempts to challenge the notion of how technological obsolescence is presently defined and places emphasis on the potentiality of machines to be adapted to alternative uses. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Calgary, where he currently instructs in electronics and interactivity in the Department of Art.

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All photos taken by Peter Curtis Morgan

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