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practice

an experiment.
a noise project.
a guided meditation.

no experience required.

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we don’t mind if you’re new or old to noise or meditation.
if you’re curious to be engaged, to open yourself to new experiences and to hear some noise, then join us.

practice is a series of  group meditations using noise to induce different transcendental states of awareness and being. this meditative noise series was inspired by the theories underpinning sound healing and brain entrainment. research has shown that sound frequencies can impact physical phenomena to the point of transforming the molecular structure of matter.  from this spring board, sound healers were interested in how the natural vibrations of the body are affected by the frequencies of sound. it has been seen that certain frequencies encourage different experiential states, such as divinity, balance, and focus, among others. the solfeggio scale, a 6-tone scale that was used in Gregorian chants is tuned to frequencies that are known to alter states and induce a connected sense of spirituality. in addition,  research on brainwave entrainment theory has gathered substantial evidence showing that brainwaves, which correspond with our mental states as well as our vigilance to consciousness, are influenced by rhythms, pulsations and specific frequencies. thus through sound, we can alter our cognitive and emotional states and we can bend our sense of reality.

wanting to know for ourselves, practice is a serial investigation of the transcendental properties of different frequencies and rhythms. each session features a noise artist, who, informed by their own knowledge of sound and the principles of transformative frequencies, creates a meditative set intended to experiment with the possibility of altering the state of listeners. but we cannot do this alone. join us  and explore your own awareness of noise, space and being.

what to expect:
each session will be different, but will have noise, a guide, a sitting area and a hope that you will engage in listening in an open, meditative, exploratory way.

the series.

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artists who would like to be involved in future sets, please email me: janntomaro @ gmail.com



practice 13: Tunnel. a listening session

 

practice 13: Tunnel, a listening session
saturday, may 13th, 5pm, free entry 7049 saint-urbain
we would like all guests to be able to participate, so pls arrive early. seating is limited and first come, first served. this event will start on time.

practice deviates from its habitual format to introduce a unique listening session of a 50 minute recording titled Tunnel by Jen Reimer and Magnus Tiesenhausen.

In late September of 2015, Jen Reimer and Magnus Tiesenhausen stumbled upon an underground concrete enclosure in a construction site in Montreal. Over the course of the next three weeks, they recorded the sounds of their own voices and actions in the tunnel, transformed and influenced by the architectural dimensions of the space.

The tunnel became a mutual meeting place, and the process by which the two would navigate there each night consisted of a complex repeated pattern of recognized landmarks. A beam of light crossing the path, a downed chain link fence, a swamp’s edge: all directional indications. This ritual of recognition inundated the tunnel pieces, becoming a magic decision-making process which formally structured the recordings.

The resonance of the abandoned space served as a type of prosthetic communication, translating the artists’ voices to the plane of reverberation and resonant frequency, and guiding their actions within the space. The absolute darkness within the tunnel reduced the two to sound sources, each movement of their bodies generating ten-second reverberations, from which certain frequencies would surface and linger. The aural artifacts of the space rendered speech incomprehensible. The artists were only able to communicate in relation to the tuned frequencies in constant ricochet. As a result, the compositions materialized in real time. The melodies and harmonies recorded are human explorations of a complex audio world, aleatoric representations of the energy and physicality of the space.

The sound captured by Reimer and Tiesenhausen in September/October 2015 culminated in a fifty-minute piece, simply titled ‘Tunnel’.

Jen Reimer is a sound artist, musician and performer based in Montréal. Her work explores the resonances of urban environments through in-situ performances, installations and spatial recordings. More here

Magnus Tiesenhausen is an interdisciplinary artist and musician based in Alberta. His work is a multi-angle treatise on magic energy, characterized by experimental and industrial synthesizer music; craft and sculpture processes; readymades and free drawing.

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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questions about this event can be directed to noisemeditation@gmail.com

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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 #7: resounding echoes return

practice #7: resounding echoes return
saturday, february 11rd, 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.

 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

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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 pls 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 #1: preliminary research

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practice #1
preliminary research
sunday, july 24th, 7pm, free entry
at 820plaza
please arrive on time.

an exercise in restraint, sound artist mikael tobias tailors three short sets exploring the psychoacoustic properties of elemental sound and it’s interaction with physical space. meditative in process, tobias shifts filters, frequencies and spacial characteristics of sound in tectonic drifts in an effort to zone in on affective resonances, both physical and emotional. embracing sound as an extension of the material environment, participants are invited to observe, either actively or passively, the ways in which a sonic backdrop can catalyze alterations in their mental states.

there will be short breaks between each set and a chance for discussion at the end of the third set.