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Hugh Le Caine |

Canadian scientist and composer Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977) has been called one of the "heroes" of electronic music. He was brought up in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) in northwestern Ontario. At an early age he began building musical instruments and experimenting with electronic devices. In his youth he imagined "beautiful sounds" that he believed could be realized through new electronic inventions.

About "Sackbut Blues"

"… essential and historically significant… documents thoroughly, and at long last, Le Caine's radical and visionary notions of experimental electronic instrument design." ____Larry Polansky, Option Magazine




Musicworks |
Musicworks Magazine introduces readers to the excitement of creative engagement in sound exploration, featuring artists from many areas of music and sound arts.
"For over twenty years, Toronto's Musicworks Magazine has been exploring experimental music and finding a worldwide readership …" — Chris Twomey, Tandem

"Musicworks has very original works and very original statements about the nature and potential of music. I'm honoured to be associated with it." — John Rea, Composer




Patria (homeland) is the title of a cycle of music dramas that Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer has been creating during the last thirty years. At the present time, ten parts of this monumental undertaking have been performed and published. Further works are in various states of creation, but enough has already been presented to reveal the series as among the most radical and challenging works to be produced within the past half century.

"All countries are rapidly losing contact with nature as well as history and tradition. Patria, then, is not a country, but a state of mind, a quest for identity and security – a place to breathe and be inspired". R. Murray Schafer




Deep Listening Institute |

Deep Listening® is a philosophy and practice developed by Pauline Oliveros that distinguishes the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary selective nature of listening. The result of the practice cultivates appreciation of sounds on a heightened level, expanding the potential for connection and interaction with one's environment, technology and performance with others in music and related arts.




World Forum for Acoustic Ecology |

The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE) is an international association of affiliated organizations and individuals, who share a common concern with the state of the world's soundscapes. Its members represent a multi-disciplinary spectrum of individuals engaged in the study of the social, cultural and ecological aspects of the sonic environment. The WFAE has seven international affiliate organizations with three in Europe, two in North America, and one each in Japan, and Australia. New affiliates are forming in Mexico and Greece.




World Soundscape Project | website

The World Soundscape Project (WSP) was established as an educational and research group by R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s. It grew out of Schafer's initial attempt to draw attention to the sonic environment through a course in noise pollution. This work resulted in two small educational booklets, The New Soundscape and The Book of Noise, plus a compendium of Canadian noise bylaws.




Canadina Association for Sound Ecology |

Formed in 1996 as the Canadian Affiliate Organization of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), The Canadian Association for Sound Ecology/ Association canadienne pour L'écologie sonore is a coalition of Canadian individuals and institutions concerned with the state of the soundscape.As Acoustic Ecology is the study of the relationship between living organisms and their sonic environment (or soundscape), it is the CASE mission to draw attention to unhealthy imbalances in this relationship, to improve the acoustic quality of a place wherever possible, and to protect and maintain acoustically balanced soundscapes where they still exist.





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