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Sound Art

Every two years since 1983 Sound Symposium has been happening in Newfoundland, Canada at the edge of the North Atlantic. Founded by classical musician and percussionist, Don Wherry, the event grew from a bunch of avant garde musician friends to a ten day international festival of new music, performing and sound art with everything from classical and jazz musicians experimenting with new sound, dance and theatre to audio engineers and sculptures creating audio art installations in the wild coastal environment. The soundscapes created have become the hallmark of Sound Symposium which happens once again in July of 2014.

We shot this video at a 2012 Sound Symposium event organized by Gayle Young, a sound artist and founder of Music Works magazine. She led a group of musicians to remote  Doctor’s Cove, Newfoundland, 100km south of St. John’s to find resonant rocks and build lithophones.

 

Seeking nominations for 2013 Southcott awards.

SOUTHCOTT AWARDS 2013: Call for Nominations

 

The Newfoundland Historic Trust is announcing its call for nomination for the 2013 Southcott Awards.

The Southcott Awards were established in 1984 by The Trust to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in building design, preservation and restoration of the architectural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The quality of our architectural heritage has come to be one of the defining aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Historic Trust has been instrumental in establishing that definition, but our award winners over the past twenty-nine year have made that definition a reality.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Southcott Awards in following categories:

Building Restoration / Preservation – Nominations are considered for finished architectural restoration projects. The committee considers architectural design, quality of conservation work, preservation of original features, use of traditional materials, and the integrity of the structure and its surrounding site.

New Building Design -Contemporary, high quality building design has the power to encourage economic development and improve the quality of life for residents in an area. Such design may address issues of sustainability and encourage community renewal. This nomination is for individuals or organizations that have completed an architectural design project sensitive to the heritage character of the surrounding environment.

Heritage Craftsperson/ Tradesperson – This award will recognize the skill and contribution of an individual in the craft or trade professions in heritage conservation. The individual must work using specialist and traditional methods and exhibit a high standard of craftsmanship. Individual tradespersons, architects, or other heritage professionals having completed exemplary work relating to the conservation, preservation or restoration of a heritage structure are eligible for nomination.

Further information and to download nomination forms please visit the Southcott Awards section of our site or click below to access the various nomination forms. You can also contact our office via e-mail, coordinator@historictrust.ca or call 709.739.7870. All completed applications submitted by May 3, 2013

Applications should be mailed to the address below:
Newfoundland Historic Trust
P.O. Box 2403
St. John’s, NL A1C 6E7

The Selection Committee reserves the right to not give an award in a category.

The Southcott Awards are named for one of the most important nineteenth century Newfoundland building firms: J. and J.T. Southcott. We know them today principally for the Second Empire designs of J.T.’s architect son, John. The characteristics of this style are concave, curved mansard roofs with hooded dormers in the mansard. While the style started with the development of the Southcott properties at Park Place on Rennie’s Mill Road in St. John’s, they spread throughout the whole colony. Many examples of this style remain intact today. However, the Southcott Awards recognize and celebrate numerous architectural styles visible throughout the province.

Nomination Forms:

Heritage Restoration/ Preservation (pdf)

Heritage Craftsperson/ Tradesperson (pdf)

New Building Design (pdf)

 ….we have been proud supporters of the Newfoundland Historic Trust and the Southcott Awards since 1990! You should support this organization and its work in the preservation, education and advocacy for Newfoundland and Labrador’s architectural history and culture. BECOME A MEMBER!

Be a part of The Slattery Street Crockers

Kenneth J Harvey’s TV Pilot, The Slattery Street Crockers has an Indigogo campaign to raise enough funds to finish post production. If you would like to be a part of, contribute to, the next great Newfoundland produced TV series check what Ken has to offer you. ….follow the link to see the trailer!

Introducing Dave Lane

A little video we shot for Dave Lane who is running in the upcoming St. John’s city elections.

TRAILER – The Slattery Street Crockers

The long awaited trailer for The Slattery Street Crockers, a TV pilot written and directed by Kenneth J Harvey is now available. This series was shot in less trendy parts of downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland and follows the lives of the extended Crocker family.  …and I worked the B Camera!

The Slattery Street Crockers (TV Pilot, promo) written and directed by Kenneth J. Harvey from Kenneth J. Harvey on Vimeo.

The NSO Project – Video Mix

The first video from our work with the musicians of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in St. John’s, Newfoundland, comprising of video clips from backstage at concerts and during the production of our musician portraits sessions in 2012.
Visit our NSO Project page for the photo galleries.

Principle photography wraps on Slattery Street Crockers

Sid Collins as Darry in The Slattery Street Crockers, Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Principle photography wrapped on The Slattery Street Crockers over the weekend. This is a pilot for a new TV series by Newfoundland author and film maker, Kenneth J Harvey and will air sometime in the fall on NTV. Now its off to the editing suite for Ken and editor Christopher “Mr. Scissors” Darlington for assembly. It was a fast and furious week shooting in downtown St. John’s in the worst weather and location conditions but Ken could not have a gathered together a better cast and crew for the job. …you will not have seen St. John’s like this before.

Still Here – Part 1


In the last days of motion picture film the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative (NIFCO) ran what may be its last Super 8 film workshop in the summer of 2012. At the end of last year, news came that processing 8mm and 16mm motion picture film would no longer be a viable option for film makers in Canada. I was lucky enough to be a part of the “last batch” with long time film mentor, Roger Maunder.

My Super 8 short film was done in collaboration with HIV/AIDS activist and educator, Robyn Pardy. It is “part 1″ because we hope this will be the opening sequence to a larger film project about the history HIV/AIDS, the people involved and the epidemiology in Newfoundland and Labrador. The rest of this project will, undoubtedly, be shot on digital HD motion picture cameras. Maybe a new Red Epic?

This was shot on a 70’s era Sanyo Super 8 movie camera with Ektachrome 100 Daylight film and transferred to digital for editing in an AVID editing suite at NIFCO. Audio tracks were recording separately with a Sony digital audio recorder and the original music score was done by Debashis Sinha in Toronto.

Thanks go to Roger Maunder for mentoring the Super 8 Workshops, Brad Gover for post-production guidance, Anna Petras for herding cats, Debashis Sinha for the score and especially Robyn Pardy for letting me follow her around with a vintage Super 8 movie camera. The girl knows her buses!

Check out NIFCO and the great work they do at www.nifco.org.
You can find more of  Debashis Sinha’s music, video and sound art installations at www.debsinha.com

Chad Pelley wins Salon Fiction Prize

A big congratulations to Newfoundland’s Chad Pelley on winning the Salon Fiction Prize from the Saint John Telegraph Journal in Saint John, New Brunswick this weekend. Here is a photo from the shoot we did for the Telegraph-Journal last week and you can find a short video of Chad reading a passage from A Second Look at Nothing further down.

The Telegraph-Journal, is New Brunswick’s provincial newspaper, and this is the inaugural Salon Fiction Prize. Launched July 2012, the Salon Fiction Prize awards $1,000 for a previously unpublished work of Canadian short fiction. The winning piece is also published in the Telegraph-Journal’s weekend fine arts and culture section, Salon. A Second Look at Nothing is running in the Feb. 23 issue of Salon.

Chad Pelley’s short story was selected from more than 100 entries from across Canada by an esteemed Atlantic Canadian jury empaneled for the new prize: Giller Prize-shortlisted short story writer Alexander MacLeod; Halifax-based Atlantic Poetry Prize-winner Sue Goyette; and Université de Moncton professor Thomas Hodd.

 

2014 Sound Symposium XVII – Call for Proposals

Celebrating 30 years of exploring sound!
Be fantastic! Be outrageous! Be earth-shaking!

Sound Symposium invites artists from all Sound Arts fields to propose projects, installations and performances for Sound Symposium XVII in July 2014.

Sound Symposium creates a forum for the exchange of ideas, it serves as a crucible for the creation of new art. Activities include workshops, installations, performances and natural audio-visual experiences.

We support the exploration of new repertoire in contemporary classical music; provincial, national and world premieres; jazz; improvisational music; sound installations; dance; theatre; workshops; film; sound poetry; and outdoor or environmental projects.  We emphasize SOUND and INNOVATION.

If you want to help create an adventure in sound, this is the place and time for you.

Invited artists are encouraged to stay for the entire period – take part in collaborations, dialogues, and unexpected pleasures – become a part of a sound community.

It is likely that you will share a program with other artists. Your proposal should suggest, in most cases, a program of approximately twenty to thirty minutes.  There will be exceptions made where a longer program will be appropriate.

We will be looking at proposals as we receive them, and will continue to accept applications until we have filled our schedule.  But we suggest you submit your ideas before our deadline of July 15, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: soundart@soundsymposium.com or visit www.soundsymposium.com

Proposal Guidelines

Please submit:
? a brief, but detailed description of your proposed project;
? a list of the technical requirements of your work;
? the duration of your work (time) if it is a performance;
? a short bio (approximately 100-200 words) for publication;
? a photo of yourself for publication (electronic format, please);
? a statement that the new work has not been previously produced;
? samples of your work via cds, videos, DVDs, photographs and/or website access
? a brief resumé listing –
permanent address
telephone number
email address
website (if applicable)
education, prizes, awards, performances, exhibitions, critical reviews and references.

Stray Light Media is a proud supporter of Sound Symposium.