• 12 days
  • 12 old French Noels
  • 12 spots in the Mill Creek Ravine Park
  • 12 videos with music

One new Noel video recording appears each day between December 25, 2021 and January 5, 2022.

You can access the recordings by finding the QR code at the spot where the image was recorded. (See the map below. It will be updated each day to show the new one.)

OR

If you can’t get to the park, you can link to a new video each day from this web page.

Videos will also appear here on the date each music video is released:

Since it was so bitterly cold during the time we were posting the QR codes at each video location, we will be leaving them up for a few more days so that more folks can access them on location if the weather warms up.

*Update Jan 9: we were walking the path and noticed that about half of the QR codes had been removed. Since we were already debating when to take them down (looking at the weather) we chose not to replace the ones that had disappeared, but left the others as there were several people scanning them and enjoying the music as we walked by. We’ll be taking down the rest of the QR codes tomorrow. The map below is now cross referenced by video date, so you can still experience the videos on location with your phone by using the map, even without the QR code to scan.

Here’s how it works:

Here’s the map to find the video locations.

They are all located along the dog off-leash path on the east side of Mill Creek, between 76th and 82nd Avenues (marked in green on the map). Each day a new video is added, a red dot to show its location will appear on the map.

Location map as of January 5, 2022:

About the Music and the Instruments:

All of the music on these recordings is performed on copies of antique instruments used at the time the music was written. The flute is a copy by Boaz Berney of an instrument by Tortochot that probably dates from the mid to later 1700’s. The violin is a copy by John J. Karwandy of a Stradivarius from about the same time played with a baroque style bow by Ken Millard. The instruments are tuned to A = 415 Hz.

The music comes from two publications: the Nouveau recueil de noëls by M. Chedeville l’ainé, published in 1730, and an anonymous collection of Brunettes ou petits airs by Mr. R, published in 1725 and attributed to M. Rippert.

About the Concept and Recording:

In the same way that you might enjoy a sculpture or a mural in a public place, this is an experiment in creating a public art format for a musical performance that would be available to anyone passing by at any time.

It is also making a connection between changing seasons of the land and the music traditionally used during the Christmas and solstice celebrations of the early French settler culture.

The recordings are deliberately underproduced, to make it sound like the musicians are playing outdoors. No reverb or ambience was used to create artificial concert hall acoustics, and background sound from the environment was intentionally included in the videos.

Land Acknowledgement:

We acknowledge that the land that inspired this project is located in Amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ , which is part of Treaty Six territory. We respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community and from whom we continue to learn.

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Comment ( 1 )

  1. CurlyDork
    It's not supposed to warm up until next week, it would be wonderful if you could leave these up for a while so we can enjoy them!

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