October 5, 2018
Inspired by the direction taken by the first set of workshops, we are collecting sounds of every possible way to cross the river. That means recording the sounds of traffic from every bridge.
September 27, 2018
The first set of workshops at the Ortona Armoury are finished. We had 8 people attend off and on for the three weekly sessions. After we demonstrated some pieces that we have already composed using our layering / sound collage technique, the participants considered their own background, how they interact with the river valley, and how sound and music can inform how they approach these ideas. One participant realized that her personal journey, from Montréal to Edmonton, paralleled the journey of the first Francophone people who came to the area with the fur trade. She brought us a traditional French lullaby that her mother used to sing. [link to our sound and music collection for this project]
September 12, 2018
We had an excellent workshop at the Ortona Armoury this evening. We experimented with using jars of water, branches with leaves and bird whistles to create a river environment soundscape (hear the example video below):
September 5, 2018
Our project has generated some interest! Received a call from CBC radio asking us to come in for an interview about it:
August 13, 2018
We’ve been doing lots of thinking while running the Alberta Summer Suzuki Institute at U of A and taking a much needed short holiday afterwards. Now the ideas are taking shape. Storyboarding the form of the piece on the wall with sticky notes and running ideas through the looper to get a sense of the layers. Also took the instruments along for a second walk along the river bank, doing some playing in situ to hear how the sounds of the environment blend (or not) with the sounds of the instruments.
July 11, 2018
We got the grant! Our application for the Tracing Connections in River Crossing Arts & Heritage Grant was successful! Thanks to the Edmonton Heritage Council for creating this grant, and accepting performing arts proposals for public art projects. Now the work begins in earnest. The first step – a walk along the river, recording the sights and sounds along the riverbank.