Feature article from the February 2007 AIRblast

New Adventures in Sound Art

By Nadene Thériault-Copeland

New Adventures In Sound Art (NAISA) is a Toronto-based non-profit organization established in 2001 that produces and presents an international array of artists within its performances and installations. Spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art, annual NAISA festivals include Deep Wireless, Sound Travels and SOUNDplay. NAISA’s artistic director is radio and sound artist Darren Copeland.

Deep Wireless devotes the month of May to bringing radio and transmission art into the public ear with live-to-air performances on CKLN in Toronto, a compilation CD, special commissions for CBC Outfront and the international Radio Without Boundaries conference for radio producers, radio and sound artists and those with a general interest in radio.

Sound Travels brings sound art to the vehicle-free Toronto Island in the summer and includes site-specific sound sculptures as well as indoor and outdoor performances and installations.  

SOUNDplay pushes the boundaries of sound and other media art by encouraging new fusions of image, sound and text. A special interest in the past three years has been the emerging genre of Videomusic.