An Alternate History of Canadian Electronic Music (1956–1981)
Broadcasts on CKUW 95.9 FM Sundays at 5:00 PM begin October 14.
During the course of this three-hour program, the listener will be drawn into the deepest recesses of early electronic music in Canada, focusing on obscure and transgressive pieces found outside of the usual academic lanes, all from the nascent days where psychedelia, sound poetry, experimental film and emerging audio and video technologies were all being explored with equal aplomb. The work of composers and musicians such as Wayne Carr, Robert Bauer, Lloyd Burritt, and Marcelle Deschênes will be explored, along with seldom heard pieces by storied figures such as Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, Rudolf Komorous, Ann Southam, Alain Clavier, Michel Longtin, and Norman McLaren.
We invite you to spend some time in our listening lounge space created specially for this occasion at Poolside Gallery through the generous sponsorship of EQ3. This playlist will also be presented as a Sunday series on CKUW 95.9 FM through October and November beginning on October 14.
This project was curated and coordinated by American artist and enthusiastic music researcher Keith Fullerton Whitman. From 2003 to 2015, he helmed the highly specialized experimental music distributor Mimaroglu Music and since 2016 has run online distribution Broken-Music.
Presented in partnership with Video Pool Media Art Centre and CKUW.
Opening Night Concert
Keiji Haino (JP)
There are certain artists who occupy a realm that is truly their own. Tonight’s guest of honour is likely one of the first artists that we think of with this in mind. Since the late 1960s, Keiji Haino has been crafting his own unique music that he perceives as “all music.”
Haino is infamous for his ear-piercing and dynamic electronic concerts, but there are innumerable facets to his incredibly deep output. Tonight, he will present one of his rare and very special acoustic percussion events. In his words this event is “‘beat’ and ‘rhythm,’ constructed through conscious engagement with the dynamic range of the strength, length and speed of each note.”
This is metaphysical music — free and spontaneous, mesmerizing and utterly confounding.
Presented in Partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
photos of Keiji Haino by Daniel Šperl