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River Crossing Soundscape Project: Diary

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:

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/edmonton-am/segment/15591959


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.


Salterello (excerpt)

Salterello (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Salterello-preview.mp3

Siciliana (excerpt)

Siciliana (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Siciliana-preview.mp3

Three Reel Studies (excerpt)

Three Reel Studies (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/3-reel-studies-preview.mp3

Red River Dances (excerpt)

Red River Dances (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Red-River-Dances-Preview.mp3

Variations on an Old Swedish Folksong (excerpt)

Variations on an Old Swedish Folksong (excerpt) https://www.schoen-duo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kuhlau-Variations-Preview.mp3

Profile (excerpts)

In this EP we demonstrate the wide variety of styles we can cover. Medieval and Baroque music on period instruments, modern compositions that recall folk traditions, Native American and Metis melodies, and, of course, a little bit of classical music too.   About the Music: Salterello: This anonymous Italian dance from c.1400 is played on […]