2014, stereo audio, 25:22
Recorded under a large leafy tree, the bird creating this intriguingly varied vocabulary of sounds remained hidden. It was likely a brown thrasher of the Family Mimidae. This species is common in Saskatchewan and has a rich collection of inherent and mimicked sounds, which it repeats. Although pitch shifted and manipulated, the sounds are in their originally recorded sequence. The structure of the work reveals how the sounds begin to carry meaning and weight when transposed into a more familiar hearing range. The idea that birds might also collect aesthetically pleasing sounds creates another connection.
“Within the context of Montreal’s thriving audio-art scene their (minibloc’s) project has involved becoming a hub for all manner of activity. In this light, minibloc were the ideal candidates to undertake a residency that incorporated a series of four audio workshops and culminated in a live performance during the 2012 Sounds Like festival. Terry Billings, Joel Carignan, Constantine Karsiris, Dallas Kruszelnicki, Tanjalee Kuhl, and Jon Vaughn were selected from an open call to participate in this collaborative experiment. These artists, whose experience in sound art ranged from emerging to established, also brought a wide spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities to the table. Together, with minibloc setting the pace, they engaged each other in workshops, jams and performances, always in the spirit of pushing boundaries and discovering something new.” David LaRiviere
Love Songs for Hermits, (Stereo Audio, 3:41 Minutes) is composed from veery, hermit thrush and human voices.
This City is a Radio, curated by Jana Graham Paved Art and New Media, and CFCR 90.5 FM, Saskatoon, SK (2007)
Level, (2004, mono, 4:51 minutes) is composed from Sandhill Crane and Black-capped Chickadee voices. The work reintroduced these sounds into an urban environment where they mixed with sounds of downtown. EXHIBITION: Spectre, Bayside Shopping Centre, curated by Dan Ring and Alexandra Badzak, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK (2004)