EARS HAVE EYES


We’re hosting a monthly Sound Art radio program on CJSW 90.9 fm in Calgary/Mohkinstsis.


Evolving out of The Hibernation Project, Ears Have Eyes is an auditory exhibition space for sound art on the radio. Every month, artists and musicians respond to a theme, sharing work on CJSW’s radio waves. Addressing a need for spaces to exhibit sound-specific contemporary art, Ears Have Eyes invites local, national, and international artists to share spatial soundscapes, auditory aesthetics, spoken word, noise, poetry, experimental compositions, thematic interviews, and other recorded media, transmitted on the radio across Treaty 7 Territory – and beyond.

Named for the intersensorial experience of navigating wild spaces at night (when our ears prick like eyes squinting in the darkness) Ears Have Eyes asks: what can the invisibility of sound illuminate? How does the intimacy of listening open our eyes to ideas we might otherwise overlook? What can sonorous spaces hold that physical spaces cannot? How do we look with our ears, and listen with our eyes?


Hosted by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett


Ears Have Eyes will air the second Wednesday of each month, beginning in February 2022.
You can tune in locally on CJSW 90.9 fm or listen anywhere on www.cjsw.com.



Listen to the Archive of Episodes:



Want to participate? Submit your sound art, spoken word, field recordings, experimental compositions, interviews, noise, or other pre-recorded media. Your work can be pre-existing, or created specifically for EARS HAVE EYES. All works should relate to one of the monthly themes (see below).

Please note: you may submit music, but it must be experimental in nature (ie. music that is not traditionally played on the radio, or music requiring context to be heard completely).

Sound works will be selected through a combination of invited and submitted projects. Artists may choose to submit pre-recorded sound work, but new work created for the program will be given priority whenever possible.*

*If you intend to create new work specifically for a theme, email us ASAP and we will try to hold space on the program for you.

Please submit an email including:

  • An .mp3 or .wav file of your sound work. Files should be no longer than 10 minutes, (unless cleared in advance). New, pre-existing, or archival works are welcome, regardless of the year of origin.
  • The title of your piece and a few sentences of information about the concept.
  • A two sentence bio*
  • A promo image for social media/web promo purposes.
  • An indication of the theme you are applying for.

*If your name or the name of your piece is difficult to pronounce, please write it phonetically or include a short recording in your email. This will help us pronounce it properly on the radio. Thank you!


For more information or to submit your work, email Caitlind & Wayne at EarsHaveEyes@cjsw.com


Selected works will air on CJSW 90.9 fm and www.cjsw.com. All episodes will be available in podcast form after the airing date. We will do our best to accomodate as many pieces as possible within our 60 minute time slot.

Kindly note that Ears Have Eyes is an artist-run initiative and is currently unfunded. In this spirit, we hope to create a situation where experimentation is nourished, auditory art is appreciated, and an underrepresented medium finds new audiences on the airwaves. Thank you for sharing your work 🙂



The deadline to submit sound art is the last Wednesday of each month. Ears Have Eyes will air the second Wednesday of each month.

The following themes are prompts rather than firm guidelines. Tenuous and abstract relationships with the theme are welcome.


UPCOMING THEMES:

  • Rising Water: over, around, and through
    Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    Airing: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm


  • Blazing: red hot words, essential feelings
    Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
    Airing: Wednesday, July 13, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm

  • In the Calm: open and spatial, gentle and fleeting
    Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
    Airing: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm

  • Storming: busy, noisy, dense, and maximal
    Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    Airing: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm

  • Haunting Me, Haunting You: ghostly, resonant, creepy, and echoing
    Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
    Airing: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm


More themes and dates TBA. Stay tuned!


Questions? Contact Caitlind & Wayne at EarsHaveEyes@cjsw.com


EARS HAVE EYES evolved out of the earlier radio-based Hibernation Project themes, below.




CJSW Radio broadcasts out of Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary, AB) at the University of Calgary campus radio station located on Treaty 7 land. CJSW would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. CJSW would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary.