Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time: 8PM – 1AM
Location: Festival Hall – 1215 10th Ave SE
Tickets: $10 EMMEDIA Members/Students
$15 General Admission

Purchase festival passes and tickets at particlewave2015.eventbrite.ca

Join us for a night of amazing audio and visual performances featuring Craig Fahner, WIND ROSE (Gary James Joynes), and Tasman Richardson. Afterwards, dance the night away with the DJs and VJs of Lo Definition.

DUALITY, an exhibition featuring installations by emerging media artists Carlin Brown, Chris Donovan, and Maeve Orlady will also be on view for the night. For more information, click here.



Craig Fahner will be performing a set of pieces using instruments he has modified or created. These instruments are aimed at generating music through transformations of objects, environments and gestures.
The first of these pieces is a sound-art homage to visual artists like Jason Rhoades and Tom Friedman, whose work is concerned with the means by which processes and cultural rituals leave a metaphysical imprint upon objects. In this work, Fahner will employ a multi-channel audio performance, drawing upon the nostalgic fabric of popular music in order to effect an esoteric change upon an object.
 Additionally, Fahner will be performing a piece on an instrument modified to translate the noise of the invisible electromagnetic spectrum into music. Inspired by the accidental sounds that are picked up in processes of amplification and recording, Fahner’s performance will reconstitute this noise as a musical object of its own.

About Craig Fahner:

Craig Fahner is a media artist and musician from Calgary, Alberta. After joining a band as a theremin player, Fahner became interested in creating interactive artworks using electronic instruments. His interactive sound-based projects reimagine electronic systems and musical instruments, generating experiences that reflect critically on the role of technology in our culture. Fahner’s works have been exhibited in various venues internationally, including the Nuit Blanche festival in Toronto and the Museo de la Ciudad in Queretaro, Mexico. In 2010, he received the Disney Memorial Pausch Fellowship to pursue graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he received his MFA in 2013. Fahner currently leads classes in Media Arts + Digital Technologies at the Alberta College of Art, as well as the University of Calgary’s art department.  

Other Craig Fahner events during the festival:

The True Weight of Sound: Artist Panel – Friday, February 6, 2015 @ University of Calgary


As WIND ROSE, Gary James Joynes mines into the textural nuance, patient minimalism and rich sonic palette inside of his prized and broken vintage 1976 Minimoog Model D analog synthesizer. Purposefully chosen as the only sound source used in this project the Minimoog is still considered one-of-the-most sought after synthesizers ever created known especially for its unrivalled subsonic bass frequency capabilities. This “mini” has been in his collection for many years and he embraces the aging and drifting oscillators and unclassifiable “broken” sound moments he sculpts from inside of his one-of-a-kind instrument. Joynes has vowed never to tune or restore this machine choosing instead to listen to it age naturally and use it to push into new sonic territory at every WIND ROSE performance. So far he has been unsuccessful at breaking this machine but he promises to continue to try.

Created for the Particle + Wave Festival, Joynes will be presenting a new live cinema work entitled SOUNDBURSTING (LIVE AV), which will showcase new cymatic sound wave animations chosen for their direct “visual-sound” relationship to the WIND ROSE sound.

About Gary James Joynes:

Gary James Joynes (aka WIND ROSE, aka Clinker) is an award-winning sound artist, visual artist and performer who has been active in the international electronic and experimental music performance community for many years. He has more recently embarked on a broader artistic exploration using his analog synthesizers and custom made machines to create “visual-sound” presented as photograph/drawing/sculpture hybrids and in immersive gallery installations. The last few years have also seen his interest in experimental music and adventurous sound works extended into his analog noise performance project WIND ROSE.

Other Gary James Joynes events during the festival:

The True Weight of Sound: Artist Panel – Friday, February 6, 2015 @ University of Calgary


live A/V performance (real-time midi triggered video samples)
16:9 720p HD
approx. 20 min

A projected wall of television sets, targets the audience like paparazzi. Powering off older tube televisions results in the electron gun producing a unique fingerprint and sound as it collapses. These brief recordings are triggered in real time with midi sequencing. The televisions are filmed with perspectives suggesting camera flashes or machine guns, leaving the audience to decide if they are the celebrity or the victim.

See the trailer here.

About Tasman Richardson:

Tasman Richardson’s work focuses on entropy, tele-presence, appropriation, synesthesia and JAWA editing (a style he originated in 1996), in which musical composition and narratives are created entirely from video cut ups. He is best known for his critically acclaimed solo installation Necropolis at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art which earned him a place on Bruce Mau’s list of 21st century Canadian Icons. He recently premiered his collaborative performance Hydra at Elektra 14, exhibited his Joan of Arc inspired video rose window Memorial in Paris across the street from the actual rose window, and presented a solo exhibition of lenticular printed decaying VHS portraits at Neubacher Shor Contemporary in Toronto.

Other Tasman Richardson events during the festival:

Visting Artist Feature: Artist Talk + Screening – Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ Alberta College of Art + Design
The True Weight of Sound: Artist Panel – Friday, February 6, 2015 @ University of Calgary
PARTICLE – Friday, February 6, 2015 @ Festival Hall
Do-it-yourself JAWA aka Video Vulture Culture: Workshop – Saturday, February 7, 2015 @ Quickdraw Animation Society


With an array of sound and video technology at their disposal, Lo Definition will be delivering a coordinated sensory experience for the eyes and ears. Shaping sound using digital instrumentation and a deliciously curated collection of live-reworked tracks the audio team of Lo Definition will set feet to moving on the dancefloor while the optic nerves are treated to a constantly evolving and decidedly non-linear visual composition created, mixed, and projected in real-time by the visual artists of the group. The performance will encompass a range of musical styles and visual content, a confluence of technologically mediated performance art.

About Lo Definition:

Lo Definition is a collective of DJs and visualists that have been working together to combine audio and video in the live performance setting. From galleries to nightclubs to music festivals, the group is constantly exploring new technology and finding new ways to exhibit music and video art. In addition to live performance, Lo Definition works to highlight and support the range of top-quality artistic and cultural endeavor currently underway in Calgary, through the production of new-media and contemporary arts events, to participation in Calgary-born cultural experiences like Beakerhead, and public outreach and education in technology-driven creative enterprise.

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