practice 12: core values

practice #12: core values

saturday, april 29th, 5pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.

sound artist dominique alexander skillfully plays with memory and recall curating two sets using foley type sounds from personal, found and field recordings, mixed with melodic and rhythmic elements from a variety of sources. layering ambient and atmospheric airs, alexander fills an audio bath of dub echoes where micro samples bubble up to the surface and get pushed back down, reemerging again in changed configuration. toying with the comfort that repetition and familiarity bring about, alexander invites an atmosphere of awareness with focus on pattern recognition and recall. through sound, alexander fosters an environmental that nurtures meditative presence and the renewal of presence again and again.

dominique alexander performs solo as buffalo mri and as a two-piece called urlapse with her longtime collaborator joshua bastien. 

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practice cph #1: new surroundings

very excited to bring practice to Copenhagen for the first time!

sunday may 14, 2017, 17.00, free entry
@ CPH LIVE (Sankelmarksgade 11, København V)

practice is a series of group mediations using noise to induce different transcendental states of awareness and being.
whether your experience with meditation is fresh or familiar, if you’re curious to be engaged, to open yourself to new experiences and to bask in sound, please join us!

 

a recent transplant to copenhagen from montreal, sound artist, mikael tobias will design two sets of immersive noise intending to catalyze alterations in the mental states of participants. exploring the psychoacoustic properties of elemental sound, tobias seeks to use sonic space as an extension of the material environment. through corporeal engagement with noise, there is a continual investment in the present moment that allows the mind to detach from its thoughts. in meditational improvisation, tobias manipulates filtered noise, low frequency oscillations and both steady and stochastic rhythms to create conditions conducive to the emergence of new experiences.

we would like all guests to be able to participate, so please arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served. feel free to bring a yoga mat, meditation cushion, blanket, etc… for your optimal comfort.


more on the sound artist here: www.mikaeltobias.com
questions about this or upcoming events can be directed here: noisemeditationpractice@gmail.com

practice #11: scent and sound

saturday, april 22nd, 5pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time.
seating is limited and first come, first served.

sound artist jeremy young pairs up with scent artist and zen buddhist chaplain in training alex beth to guide a collective meditation through scent and sound.

scent is one of our strongest senses in its ability to recall images, memories and distant forgotten moments, as well as to forge new kinds of relationships . when combined with meditative sonic blankets, we are deeply excited to explore what new landscapes this compound might evoke.

awareness of the memories and emotions recalled when introduced to the associated scents and sounds can give us glimpses into our many ways of being in relationship to the world… past, present and future.

in two sets, a subtle narrative is created through sounds by young and scents by alex beth. using materials from the jean talon market, alex beth strays from essential oils and employs techniques such as toasting, cracking, stewing and simmering to open and disseminate fragrances, while young moves between a variety of instruments, objects and electronics to sew together a floating cloud of minimal noise.

hear more from the artists on the internet, here and here

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samedi 22 avril à 17h
entrée gratuite
never apart
7049 saint-urbain

nous aimerions que tous les invités puissent participer, arrivez à l’heure svp.
les places sont limitées, premier arrivé, premier servi.

l’artiste sonore jeremy young s’associe avec l’artiste des odeurs et l’aumônière bouddhiste zen alex beth pour guider une méditation collective à travers l’odeur et le son.

l’odorat est l’un de nos sens les plus forts dans sa capacité à rappeler des images, des souvenirs et des moments lointains oubliés, ainsi que de forger de nouveaux types de relations. lorsqu’ils sont combinés avec des couvertures sonores méditatives, nous sommes profondément ravis d’explorer quels nouveaux paysages ce composé pourrait évoquer.

la prise de conscience des souvenirs et des émotions rappelés lors de l’introduction des parfums et des sons associés peut nous donner un aperçu de nos multiples façons d’être en relation avec le monde … passé, présent et futur.

en deux ensembles, un récit subtil est créé par des sons de jeremy young et des parfums par Alex Beth. Utilisant des matériaux du marché jean-talon, alex beth vagabonde entre diverses huiles essentielles et emploie des techniques telles que le grillage, le craquage, la cuisson pour ouvrir et diffuser des parfums, tandis que Young se déplace entre une variété d’instruments, d’objets et d’électroniques pour coudre un nuage flottant de bruit minimal.

practice #10: layered in synth trance

practice #10: layered in synth trance
saturday, march 25th, 5pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.

talented artist matthew stinis sets up an ambient languid cloud with layers of synth, allowing listeners to rest busy thoughts and become slow in their personal reflection. this meditation employs a immersive sound with a subtle narrative to capture the attention and provide a focal point. minimal changes help to reinvest in awareness without providing content to distract. 

stinis is known for his experimental, industrial noises that incorporate lower frequencies with powerful transporting vibrations. with drone sets that nod to noise music, stinis uses reverb, loops, and pitch shifting to evolve the sound. this set has the potential to gently guide listeners through a visceral-auditory sensation into a transformative state of deep relaxation.

learn more about the talented sound artist matthew stinis, here.

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practice #9 – collection of small moments

practice #9: collection of small moments
saturday, march 18th, 5pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.

multidisciplinary artist emilie payeur tones it down in two very minimal sets that focus on meditation of present moment. the sounds of the room serve as the medium as payeur uses loops and overdub to capture the moment and then create, recreate, layer and add each present moment to the next. by listening to this collection of small moments, the listener pays attention to the little sound events that would usually go unnoticed. in a second set, payeur uses the familiar dtmf tones from an old telephone to integrate everyday noises into a relaxing, meditative drone. 

payeur immerses us in our own soundscape, connecting us to the noises of our lives. through awareness of the sounds in which we swim we are better able to notice their influence on us.

learn more about the talented sound artist emilie payeur, here.

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practice #8 – fractals and kittens

practice #8: fractals and kittens
saturday, february 25th, 2017, 17h00, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so please arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.

deep listener and talented soundscape artist christian carrière has designed two conceptual sets pulling and pushing ideas to explore their influential capacity. join in sacred geometry and an immersive purring room.

the first set will explore the possibilities of audio fractals as compositional loops. fractals are pattens made up of smaller versions of the same pattern. there is discourse on the healing nature and meditative quality of fractals, as well as potential to mitigate effects of tinnitus. in this set, loops made from various sources (no-input console, field recordings) are structured in self-similar patterns, like audible versions of the fractal shapes we see in nature.

set two explores the deep resonance of cats’ purring, known to have the potential for tissue healing and cell regeneration. captured with modified stethoscopes and lavalier microphones, the set will move through tonal variations of purring from different cats.

learn more about the talented artist christian carrière here.

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practice #7 – resounding echoes return

practice #7: resounding echoes return
saturday, february 11rd, 2017, 5pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so please arrive on time. seating is limited and first come, first served.

james goddard (from skin tone) is a talented experimental saxophone player who has designed a set of resounding echoes and their return; an oceanic sound to bathe in, and breathe in. with single saxophone notes projecting from each corner, goddard guides this meditation from all sides, using guitar amps to create a 4-channel surround sound installation. goddard plays with the interaction between tones, using a distance that is far enough to be just audible when the tones meet. this powerful soundscape immerses listeners in noise from all directions, giving multiple perspectives on sound. as our spatial perception of noise alters our understanding of noise and our felt sense of that noise, listeners can tune into the different angles of sound and associated influence that follows.

there are three broad types of meditation, focusing, awareness and transcendental. this meditation was designed to be accessible for all three types. listeners can practice a focusing meditation using the noise as a focal point. or, practice an awareness meditation by opening up to the many differences within the sound and tuning into the influences these differences have on the self. deep engagement with the noise and self may lead to a transcendental experience, although we are less inclined to suggest a plan to transcendence. you’ll have to figure that out on your own.

come listen and share this experience.

learn more about the exceptional sound artist james goddard here or here.

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practice #6 – lone tone

practice #6: lone tone
saturday, december 3rd, 5pm, free entry
never apart
7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so please arrive on time.

certain frequencies have been known to have a powerful effect on listeners. tones from the ancient solfeggio scale are said to have transformative impact, such as healing, repairing, inspiring creativity, maintaining focus, altering moods, calming the mind, and sparking love. these tones have been used in historically sacred music, such as in gregorian chants. in this session sound artist jeremy young uses a durational experience with one lone tone. this provides an intimate listening allowing for the effect of the tone to become apparent. in two 25 minutes sets, young explores single frequencies using a tone generator, incorporating tape loops of amplified breath and oceanic waves to facilitate a meditative soundscape.
this may not be easy listening, but by giving up the easy we allow for the potential to go deep.
more on the artist jeremy young, here: http://cargocollective.com/jeremyyoung

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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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