Sunday, May 27, 2012

Beespeaker News Flash

 Hello folks!

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. For those of you who are interested in bee plants for Vancouver, I have contributed my list to Sharon Hanna's blog for BC Living Magazine.

 My partner Peter Courtmanche is a sound and media artist and he recently created a piece for the audio-art stories commissioned by CBC and New Adventures in Sound Art. It will be aired June 1st at 1 pm on Radio One (CBC AM). The piece is "Free Energy" by Peter Courtemanche, featuring the (speaking) voice of High Spirits soprano Katharina Alheit.

Finally, Peter Courtemanche is curating a series of audio art shows at Lucky's Comics and Books and the first is a show by a fantastic artist named Diana Burgoyne.

Lucky's Comics and Books + An Audio Gallery present "Sound Drawings" by Diana Burgoyne,
an exhibition opening on Friday June 8th at 7pm, the show runs until July 2nd.

Lucky’s is located at 3972 Main Street in Vancouver (near Main and
24th). Open 7 days a week from noon-ish to 6 pm (5 pm on Sundays).

Each sound drawing consists of a large piece of paper with a speaker
and sound circuit connected to two copper strips. A pencil line is
drawn between the two strips and the electrical properties of the
graphite create an oscillator circuit. The sound that is generated by
the oscillator will change every time a new line is drawn or erased.
At the start, the drawings produce low frequency clicking sounds. As
the lines become thicker and more numerous, the sounds escalate and
become high pitched squeals.

Diana Burgoyne is an “electronic folk artist.” Her work is based on
the utilization of simple electronic circuitry made from relatively
rudimentary components. Since the early 1980s, she has worked as an
artist and educator within the field of New Media creating
performances, installations, sculptures and workshops in Canada and
internationally. She was awarded the 2009 Fleck Fellowship by the
Banff Centre for the Arts and has been teaching a class entitled
“Creative Electronics” at Emily Carr University of Art and Design
since 1998.

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