IN THE CALM: open, spatial, gentle, and fleeting

EARS HAVE EYES // Episode 7
Aired Wednesday, August 10, 2022
on CJSW 90.9 FM


Audrey Lane Cockett
Chuck Johnson
Daria Baiocchi
D. C. Gale
Lauren Wong
Manja Ristic
Dr. Tibor Donath
Who Cares?

Hosted by Wayne Garrett & Caitlind Brown.

Thanks to the participating artists and our friends at CJSW!

Our program this month features work from local, national, and international sound artists and musicians with a focus on tranquility and the expanse of each moment. This collection of sound artworks, poetry, and experimental music is intended to provide space to relax and bask in the hidden gentle flow of the Summer – a quiet place too often obscured beneath the frantic energy stirred up by hot weather and busy schedules. Join us as we explore the introspective and infinite space of a moment between moments.

Thanks to the participating artists and our friends at CJSW!

Audrey Lane Cockett

Audrey Lane Cockett is a spoken word poet, filmmaker, soundscape artist, artistic director, educator, and ecologist based in Treaty 7 land, Calgary AB.  Their work embodies wild feminist rhetoric, political discontent, tender feels in a body that overheard it was broken, deep time, and river rhythm.

Calm was recorded in Big Hill Springs Park as a live contemplative audio collaboration between artist and environment, exploring sensation and surrounding.

Chuck Johnson

Chuck Johnson is a composer, producer, and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on pedal steel guitar, experimental electronics, alternate tuning systems, and composing for film and television. Recordings of his work have been published by VDSQ, Thrill Jockey, Temporary Residence, Kompakt, Ghostly, Trouble in Mind, Scissor Tail, Merge, and Three Lobed, among others.

Constellation is inspired by the idea that a specific, although sometimes amorphous, constellation of people and places can help a community thrive and create space for something special to happen. The layers of pedal steel recede to make room for a quiet piano part played by Sarah Davachi. He specifically asked Sarah to record the part on the piano that’s in her Los Angeles living room – a large, unusual space with curved walls and stone tile floors. The character of her instrument and of that unusual room come through in a way that feels alive. 

Daria Baiocchi

Daria Baiocchi is Professor of Harmony and Music Analysis in Fermo Conservatorium, the speaker of the Radio Program FM 103,00-87,5-98,1 Mz (Italy-as volunteer) “Classical music and…”: new performers, contemporary music composers and sound design composers and is the Director of the Sound Art Museum Online in Ascoli Piceno.

In the words of the artist, 1916 is comprised of “25 flute sound-fragments and 12 flute rhythmic-fragments (DMT): the sound fragments refer to the C, G, M notes while the rhythmic sounds recall the sound of a clock. The contest of this historic event has been created with flute sounds that has became, with an electronic interpolation, sea and ship landscapes. Time as a clock to measure our life in a temporal distinction of past, present and future, as an abstract intellectual concept that humans use to sequence and compare events: information about time tells us the durations of events, and when they occur, and which events happen before which others. Time as a real or unreal, as objective or relative, as tensed or tenseless. A special thanks to the flautist Mauro Baiocchi.”

D.C. Gale

D. C. Gale is a composer and musician originally from Mohkínstsis (Calgary) currently residing in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). Fascinated with deep listening, the patient and a more durational musical process, he is currently composing for his private portfolio and competitions as well as finishing a degree of study in electroacoustic music.

Time to Flowers was inspired by Brian Eno’s early pedagogical approach to ambient music, the piece ponders: as a composer, how far do you reach for the listener’s ear? What is calmness in music and in daily life? Why is “silence” so disquieting sometimes? If an answer is overtly needed: duration, familiar acoustic environs and more unfamiliar electronic treatments show up to respond. Unfolding in process, a turning (and tuning) of “time to flowers”.

Lauren Wong

Lauren Wong is a sound engineer who lives in Hong Kong and likes experimental sound.

Noisy Tranquility (as described in the artists own words):

What does calm mean to you? 
Does silence really bring calm to you? 
For me, silence is the loudest sound.
When the world is silent, my mind speaks out loud. My thoughts spill over my chest and my brain can’t stop them. 
Sometimes I find my tranquility in the noise.”

Manja Ristić

Manja Ristić born in Belgrade in 1979, is a violinist, sound artist, published poet, curator and researcher.  Manja’s sound-related research besides contemporary performance in the field of instrumental electro–acoustics, is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to sound and field recording as well as experimental radio arts. Works and lives on the island of Korčula, Croatia

Patient Love is an electro-acoustic journey through unsettling states of suspension in psychological metamorphosis, which evolved into a multimedia compound, dispersing into a video work which is leaning on the textural sonic scaffolding of a cymatic plate engaged with reverberating grains of salt, and a poem produced through the gestures of automatic writing.

We played an excerpt from this 24 minute composition on our program, but you can listen to the full piece and watch the accompanying video component, created by Lazar Aleksandar, below.

Dr. Tibor Donath

Dr. Tibor Donath is a Hungarian sound artist, lawyer and journalist, founder of SynthXLoop Audio. Since 2020, his sound installations have been exhibited mainly in fine art exhibitions.

Beyond the Endless is a sound philosophical meditation on infinity and finitude inspired by the sound of the “Russian Woodpecker”, the former Soviet radar system in Chernobyl, the Duga over the horizon radar system.

“The endless can be anything or everything else. It can contain everything that exists, or it can contain nothing that does not exist. It includes Gods, non-Gods, the infinite universe and maybe Russian woodpeckers.”

Who Cares?

Who Cares? is a music and video project between violinist Laura Reid and flutist Jiajia Li. From live streaming concerts to video productions, the duo picks a wide variety of repertoire and fun concepts to bring innovative, artful experiences to their audiences.

Spiegel im Spiegel is a composition by Arvo Pärt written just before his departure from Estonia. The piece is in the tintinnabular style, wherein a melodic voice, operating over diatonic scales, and a tintinnabular voice, operating within a triad on the tonic, accompany each other. This piece is performed by Who Cares? as part of their freshly released album, which you can listen to here.

Thank you to the artists & listeners! Special thanks to CJSW.

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