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Sound Installations

Date: May 31 - Sept. 3

Title: Parabel II: Persona

Venue: THEMUSEUM, 10 King St. W., Kitchener

For their second Parable, Colin Labadie and Jordan Mandel have designed a situation which shines at a certain angle to reveal the contours and edges of the mask you craft, the mask you wear, the mask you project, the mask which is your project. From behind this mask you find safety, routine, comfort. And from behind this mask you find the fundamental experience of disconnection. Reflecting the manner of a persona, Parable II is a generative construction which takes shape, grows, and transforms throughout the course of the festival, and invites multiple interactions, for each will be with a maturing persona.

To prepare your experience, we begin with a question to consider, to explore, to let ferment, to let grow: What is your mask?




Date: May 31 - Sept 3

Title: Amadina and Tubellum

Venue: THEMUSEUM, 10 King St. W., Kitchener

Both installations ponder human’s relationship with waste. Each are interactive, with recycled waste, and reimagined in a musical role. Amadinda and Tubellum provide an interactive installation with recycled wood, and pvc. Amadinda has wooden bars made from a 110 year old scrapped piano. The resonators are created from scrapped pvc. Pitched to a C-scale, you play the instrument by striking the notes with the mallets provided. Tubellum is a 2 1/2 octave instrument built from scrapped pvc. Chromatic in pitch, you strike the open tubes with foam paddles provided.



Date: Fri. June 1-Sun. June 3

Title: Long Phrases and Drones

Venue:  Zion United Church, 32 Weber St. W, Kitchener

This installation is made up of two works.  The first, Long Phrases on the Wilton Diptych, is a 60 minute work composed for an exhibition of the 14th century Wilton Diptych in the National Gallery in London in 2015.  The second, Drones in Large Cycles, is a 12 minute work comprising one of many drone experiments I’ve made over the years.  Both have been spatialized by Paul Corley in 5.1 surround sound to create an immersive sonic environment.  The two pieces play on an infinite loop and listeners are invited to come and go as they please.


Date: June 1 - June 30

Title: ARENA

Carl Zehr Square, 200 King St. West, Kitchener, ON

Copy: Presented by CAFKA. ARENA is a mobile interactive sound sculpture by Berlin-based artist Benoît Maubrey. ARENA is conceived in the shape of a small amphitheater, constructed with 300 recycled loudspeakers. The sculpture can function both as a mobile “Speakers Corner“ — a “hotspot“ for local participation and self-expression but also as a stage for small events and concerts.


The public, local artists, musicians, choral groups and organizations can participate by relaying songs and messages via Bluetooth and individual Smartphones, or by connecting their devices and instruments via a direct "line in." Additionally ARENA can be used as PA system for events, DJs, and small concerts. The volume is controllable via a mixing board, individual amplifiers and receivers situated in a small storage space nearby.