practice #5 – polarities

practice #5: polarities
set design by sound artist mikael tobias
saturday, november 12th, 2016, 5pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so please arrive on time. 

for every action there is an equal and opposite action

this set employs low tones and high frequencies, steady rhythms and stochastic beats. a pillow of soothing filtered white noise punctuated with brain stimulating sonic accents. intimate tones are juxtaposed with informal sounds and durational themes are met with new synthesis.

throughout it all, tobias weaves a meditative rhythm into the set.
studies of experienced meditators have shown that in their meditative state, they take an average of 6 breaths per minute. This slowed breath has been linked with a host of health benefits and reflects a lowered heart rate and calm serene state of being. with this in mind, tobias employs a rhythm of 6 beats per minute to create an immersive soundscape imitating the meditative breath rate of a practiced meditator.

feel everything, feel nothing, feel something.
see you saturday

more on the artist mikael tobias, here: www.mikaeltobias.com

we have a few yoga mats available to use and listeners are invited to bring their own sitting paraphernalia if they please.
never apart is a non-profit organization in montréal, québec, canada, determined to bring about social change and spiritual awareness through cultural programming with global reach and impact.

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practice #4 – visceral realities

practice #4: visceral realities
saturday, october 15th, 2016, 5pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so please arrive on time.
 
pushing his knowledge of filtered noise, low frequency tones and rhythmic impulses, sound artist mikael tobias opens the possibility for aural and visceral connections to noise in a way that provides an immersive and potentially state altering experience. without being wayward, tobias departs from musical expectations with discrete changes in an otherwise minimalist set that encourages fresh engagement with an unconventional soundscape.
more on the artist mikael tobias, here: www.mikaeltobias.com

we have a few yoga mats available to use and listeners are invited to bring their own sitting paraphernalia if they please.

never apart is a non-profit organization in montréal, québec, canada, determined to bring about social change and spiritual awareness through cultural programming with global reach and impact.

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practice off site- quiet village

practice goes to quiet village, a free ambient music “anti-festival” this weekend.
come join us.

hear the set, featured on berlin community radio, here.

the set:
noise artists nic fera and jesse perlstein mix field recordings of daily noises with constructed tones to create an immersive soundscape that re-imagines reality.

inspired by schuman resonances, known as the earth’s natural soothing vibrations, fera and perlstein begin building the set with low, healing tones. they destroy this sense of peace with sounds associated with chaos and consumerism. however, the introduction of these anxiety-producing noises is quickly transformed. implementing filtered white noise, fera and perlstein offer a new experience, mixing and fading the stigmatic sounds in a way that calms and comforts. there is a sense of presenting difficult noises with ease, as a friendly introduction to disagreeable sound. fera and perlstein suggest alternative ways of experiencing life, revealing peaceful attributes of rifts in the midst of the dissonance that surrounds us. as the set reaches a point of surrealism, an addition of vocals grounds the listener to a more personal interpretation of the tones.

by inviting the chaos and uncomfortable noises of our lives, this set does not avoid reality, yet transcends our rote engagement with the soundtrack of our lives. these difficult noises ask the listener to exert more effort to find a place of comfort in the sounds that don’t mesh harmonically. but this is not without the guidance of experienced sound artists who build a pillow of comfort throughout the set to help the listener navigate the unfamiliar aural landscape. wandering through known sounds that don’t fit a specific narrative lacks an intuitive direction. this helps the listener to loosen up associations, connect to focused tones and bring awareness to thoughts. it allows for creative reign. the dichotomy of real and made noises encourages agency within the listener to assign their own associations to the noises of their life. there is the possibility to find comfort in these noises and be soothed in their presence. this re-association of our stressful environment may be generalizable to life to provide a new way of dynamically interacting with reality.

bringing elements of reality into a simulated soundscape, fera and perlstein give listeners imaginary power that is hyper real and yet beyond real, even fantastical.

what is quiet village?
the hudson valley’s free “anti-festival” of ambient music, the quiet village promotes serious ambient electronic music composers and sound artists, presenting environmental music in an outdoor setting that bypasses the traditional concert format and gallery installation paradigm.

presented by the poné ensemble for new music, in conjunction with earwaker studio and the coterminous collectiv.

practice #3 – abstracting the physical

practice #3: abstracting the physcial
sunday, september 11th, 2016, 8pm, free entry
820plaza (6820 marconi)
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so please arrive on time.
 
building on material from his first session, sound artist mikael tobias explores the psychoacoustic properties of elemental sound to bring attention to their physicality. manipulating filtered noise, low frequency tones and rhythmic impulses, tobias creates an environment where visceral reactions to sonic space can catalyze alterations in mental state. through a corporeal engagement with noise, there is a continual investment in the present that detaches the mind from thoughts and allows for new experiences to emerge. the absence of traditional harmony creates the possibility to let go of musical expectations, encouraging a state of awareness and acceptance.
 
more on the artist mikael tobias, here: www.mikaeltobias.com
 
we have a few yoga mats available to use and listeners are invited to bring their own sitting paraphernalia if they please.
 
820plaza is a sparse industrial multi-purpose venue. the venue is wheelchair accessible, but the washrooms are not fully accessible. however there are accessible washrooms just across the path at alexandraplatz.

 

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practice #2 – specific frequency

practice #2: specific frequency
sunday, august 7th, 8pm, free entry
820plaza
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time.

certain frequencies have been known to have a powerful effect on listeners. in this session sound artist jeremy young will have two sets, 25 minutes each, exploring the frequencies 528hz and 741hz, using a tone generator, tape loops of amplified air and a reverb rainbow machine. this may not be easy listening, but it will certainly affect your mood in a positive way.

528hz, named “mi” in the solfeggio scale, is considered the “love” frequency, capable of miracles. it has been ascribed to divine supernatural powers and is attributed to inspiring wonder and marvel. in addition, it is used to return human dna to its original, perfect state. repaired dna is expected to increase energy, bring clarity and awareness, activate creativity and induce ecstatic states of peace and celebration.

741hz, “sol” in the solfeggio scale, is known to be a purifying frequency, cleansing cells from toxins, electromagnetic radiation build up, and infections (viral, bacterial and fungal). it leads listeners to a healthy, simple life. it is also known to encourage problem solving and self-expression.

more on the artist jeremy young, here: http://cargocollective.com/jeremyyoung

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practice #1 – preliminary research

practice #1
preliminary research
sunday, july 24th, 2016, 7pm, free entry
at 820plaza
please arrive on time.

an exercise in restraint, sound artist mikael tobias tailors three short sets exploring the psychoacoustic properties of elemental sound and it’s interaction with physical space. meditative in process, tobias shifts filters, frequencies and spacial characteristics of sound in tectonic drifts in an effort to zone in on affective resonances, both physical and emotional. embracing sound as an extension of the material environment, participants are invited to observe, either actively or passively, the ways in which a sonic backdrop can catalyze alterations in their mental states.

there will be short breaks between each set and a chance for discussion at the end of the third set.