Sounds Like 9: Real Sound
October 10–12, and November 1, 2019
Real Sound: investigating an indeterminate continuum of sounds from natural and organic to artificial and synthetic. Presented by PAVED Arts & the Unheard Sound Collective.
Tetuzi Akiyama / Kara-Lis Coverdale / Marcus Fischer / Ellen Fullman / Ellen Moffat / Toshimaru Nakamura / Helen Pridmore / Sound of the Mountain / Jon Vaughn
Sounds Like 9 investigates sound on an indeterminate continuum, from natural and organic to artificial and synthetic. The experimental audio practices of this year’s artists invite us to experience the affective qualities of sounds on this continuum, while the nature of their performances invite us to consider the relationship between what we are seeing and hearing, and how this affects our conception of what is real. At Sounds Like 9, amplified acoustic instruments, sounds originating from within a mixing board, a physically large “long-stringed instrument” and a virtual synthesizer together form a dynamic listening experience that tell a story of the idea of real sound.
Sounds Like - An Audio Festival:
Sounds Like is an annual audio art festival based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Started in 2011 by AKA artist-run, it quickly expanded to a three-fold partnership between PAVED Arts, a Saskatoon media based artist-run gallery and production centre, and Holophon, a non-profit organization that seeks to unite communities using sound as an artistic medium.
Under the direction of PAVED Arts through 2016–17, Sounds Like was reformatted as an annual project of sustained curatorial exploration with an annual theme. PAVED Arts engaged Saskatoon’s Unheard Sound Collective to curate the 7th edition of the festival, and Unheard presented the festival in 2018. In 2019, it is back under the directive of PAVED Arts, and presented in partnership with Unheard Sound Collective.
Sounds Like is made possible through the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada, Saskatchewan Arts Board, as well as our local community partners Remai Modern, Broadway Theatre, and supporters Void, Nokomis Craft Ales, CFCR and our amazing volunteers.
Sounds Like 2019 Organizers:
Travis Cole, David LaRiviere, Spencer Martin, Lindsey Rewuski, Janice Weber
2019 Festival Design:
Lindsey Rewuski, Ghost House Studio. Micrograph images courtesy of University of Rochester: URnano.