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.

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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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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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