The Feather

 

“Sylvi macCormac has her video on YouTube. Confined to a wheelchair due to her multiple sclerosis, macCormac recorded The Feather with Blaine Dunaway at the Vancouver Adapted Music Society’s studio at G.F. Strong. The vid poignantly interpolates a younger, standing macCormac singing her song.” Tom Harrison, The Province, July 2013

Feather will feature in an upcoming book/dvd that will include footage of sylvi, who has multiple sclerosis, when she was standing and playing guitar.

 

 

sylvi macCormac recording The Feather at Vancouver Adapted Music Society’s fully-accessible recording studio.

sylvi’s music runs from folk to cinema-for-the-ears soundscapes. Her songs have a particular depth.

The VAMS recording studio, located at GF Strong Rehab Centre, has all-custom equipment that makes music accessible.

www.vams.org

THE STRONG SESSIONS ALBUM

http://www.vams.org/strong-sessions-live-with-sylvi-macCormac.html

‘Little House Big World’ was a song running in my head for years, so when i heard a traditional Phillipino song called ‘Bahay Kubo’ about a little hut with a garden with vegetables to share, i was inspired to ask friends to help me translate my song into various languages – Tagalog (Phillipino), Italian, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Kurdish.

Home and Community, Nutritious Food and Music, are so important to our well being and happiness. As a musician and composer with Multiple Sclerosis, Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) has given me a supportive community, and state of the heART accessible studio located at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

Produced by Craig Northey and Dave Symington, with support from ShoreFM, ‘Little House Big World’ was recorded at VAMS and Bryan Adam’s ‘The Warehouse Studio’ with the Boom Booms & VAMS Choir for the 25th Anniversary of CD The Strong Sessions.

We dedicate our performance of ‘Little House Big World’ to people of the Philipines who lost their homes in Typhoon Haiyan, and to all who have no home and community.

 

DESPITE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, SYLVI KEEPS ON PLAYING
JANUARY 29, 2014 JENNY PENG 彭執瑄
Musician sylvi macCormac sings on stage at launch party of The Strong Session, a CD featuring artists with severe physical disabilities (Nov. 30, 2013).
Electronic soundscape composition was foreign to sylvi macCormac until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1982. Although she was hooked on playing guitar, knowing that she would eventually lose the ability to play, she turned to studying computer music at Simon Fraser University.
She sang one of the surprise ballads of the night dedicated to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in their native tongue. She also prides herself for being able to sing in Cantonese, Mandarin, Kurdish, French and some Italian.
The international flavor and environmental themes of her music are inspired by her Celtic past and present awareness of immigrant communities in Vancouver. The result was a renewed passion from letting go of guitar playing, and immersing herself in soundscape composition and singing.
“When one door closed, another opened . . . we do that as people—we keep growing and adapting,” said macCormac.

http://jennypeng08.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/despite-multiple-sclerosis-sylvi-keeps-on-playing/

VAMS Choir arrangement for Nov. 30th concert

LITTLE HOUSE BIG WORLD BAHAY KUBO

[sylvi ‘s solo]
in a little house in a big world
with a lot of love for everyone
bahay kubo – malaking mondo
magandang – omaga

sye oak – dai sai guy – fa yun – ho lang [Cantonese]

une petite maison – dans le grand monde
une belle soirée – pour tous [French]

in a little house in a big world
a beautiful garden to make us strong

manganda kapa sa omega [Tagalog]
you are more beautiful than the morning

You are more beautiful than the morning
You are more beautiful than the morning
manganda kapa sa omaga

1:44[Everyone chants 2x]

“In a little house in a big world
With a lot of love for everyone
In a little house in a big world
A beautiful garden to make us strong”

1:59 [Sylvi – start same time as word “strong” from last verse]
in a little house in a big world
with a lot of love for everyone
bahay kubo – malaking mondo
magandang – omaga

[Wait 8 beats after “omagaaaa” has been held for 4 beats]
2:19 [Kent’s solo]
sye oak – dai sai guy – fa yun – ho lang
une petite maison – dans le grand monde
une belle soirée – pour tous

2:34 [Sheena’s solo]
in a little house in a big world
a beautiful garden to make us strong
manganda kapa sa omaga

2:50 [Sheila and sylvi harmony (start on count 8)]
you are more / beautiful / than the morning (2x)

3:05 [Sarah and sylvi harmony]
manganda kapa sa omaga [Sarah and sylvi]
you are more beautiful [Sarah]
than the morning [Sarah and sylvi]

[wait 4 beats]
3:21 [Everyone chants 2x]
“In a little house in a big world
With a beautiful garden to make us strong
In a little house in a big world
With a lot of love for everyone

3:28 [Sheila starts during 2nd time of chant, same time as ‘one’]
“You are more beautiful than the morning”

3:36 [Everyone sings and is free to harmonize]
You are more beautiful than the morning
Magandang kapa sa omaga
You are more beautiful than the morning
Magandang kapa sa omaga
You are more beautiful than the morning
Magandang kapa sa omaga

(c) sylvi 2012
english-tagalog (filipino)-italian -cantonese-francais-kurdish-mandarin
[for choir of wheel voices] http://www.VAMS/ org http://www.SYLVI.ca

StrongSessionsCover

http://www.VAMS.org

For twenty-five years, VAMS has been supporting and promoting physically disabled artists in the Metro Vancouver area. In celebration, VAMS artists teamed up with some of Vancouver’s top artists to record an album. We are thrilled to share this collaboration between long-time VAMS artists and musicians from all over the Metro Vancouver community.

THE STRONG SESSIONS ALBUM features

Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, T. Nile, Bend Sinister, Greg Drummond, The Boom Booms, Shaun Verreault, Steve Dawson, Dave Symington, Joe Coughlin, Odds, Rolf Kempf, C.R. Avery, Sylvi MacCormac, and many more!

The album is available online iTunes Link: http://ow.ly/rc2dm

Please share, post, and let people know about #VAMS and the #StrongSessions!

Vancouver Adapted Music society

To celebrate the release and the last 25 years of #VAMS , we partnered with Shore 104.3 FM to host an anniversary concert on November 30th at the SFU Fei + Milton Wong Experimental Theatre in Vancouver

The night will be filled with live musical performances by
The Strong Sessions artists and special guests Spinal Chord.

SFU Fei + Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
149 W Hastings St
Doors open @ 7:30pm. Concert @ 8pm.
Free Tickets to 25th Anniversary Concert: http://ow.ly/qNllr

Proceeds go directly back to supporting VAMS projects.

http://vimeo.com/77007232

For twenty-five years, VAMS has been supporting and promoting physically disabled artists in the Metro Vancouver area. In celebration, VAMS artists teamed up with some of Vancouver’s top artists to record an album – Strong Sessions
Strong Sessions Album Release: Tuesday November 26, 2013
VAMS’s 25th Anniversary + Strong Sessions Concert is on Saturday November 30th, at the SFU Fei + Milton Wong Theatre, Vancouver BC.
Tickets will be available by donation this November.
Supported by SHORE 104.3 FM

StrongSessionsTracks

http://www.vams.org/strong-sessions-live-with-sylvi-macCormac.html

BLACK VELVET WHITE LIGHTNING : Christopher Ward, an audio-portrait with music eXamples

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www.ChristopherWard.com – songwriter
www.sylvi.ca – composer – www.vams.org
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BLACK VELVET WHITE LIGHTNING : Christopher Ward, an audio-portraitwith music eXamples (2015)
BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
Christopher Ward & David Tyson
SATISFACTION Rolling Stones
Keith Richards Mick Jagger
JOHNNY B. GOODE Chuck Berry
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Led Zeppelin
Robert Plant Jimmy Page
MAYBE YOUR HEART Christopher Ward
ADAGIO FOR STRINGS Samuel Barber
in Platoon (movie)
I’M STILL STANDING Elton John
Paul Buckmaster, string arranger
LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
WAITING FOR THE TRAIN Jimmy Rodgers
BEAUTIFUL GOODYE Amanda Marshall
HOPE IS AN OPEN WINDOW Diana Ross
with poetry of Sonya Sanchez
Christopher Ward & Tim Tickener
HALLELUJAH Leonard Cohen live
WILD MAN BLUES Louie Armstrong and His Hot Seven
Armstrong – Morton. May 1927.
CLAIRE DE LA LUNE Claude Debussy
BLUE Joni Mitchell
ONCE IN A LONGTIME Christopher Ward
SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift
MEMPHIS Christine Campbell
FLYING Shari Ulrich & Hometown Band
REVOLUTION Number 9 Beatles
BBC Ming Tea
with Mike Myers, Christopher Ward, Susanna Hoffs, Mathew Sweet, Stuart Johnson
TURN UP THE RADIO Madonna
SCREAM Janet & Michael Jackson
MY GIRL Temptations
BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
Christopher Ward & David Tyson
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www.sylvi.ca – composer : sylvi macCormac
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Thank You to Christopher Ward & Artists. Permissions Requested and Pending. Soundtrack for a Movie ? a Parody ? “this work is declared ‘Fair Use’ for “entertainment and educational purposes only” and “non-profit” hopefully “transformative” enjoyed by all <3
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What is fair use?
Fair use is a legal doctrine that says you can reuse copyright-protected material under certain circumstances without getting permission from the copyright owner. Check out the videos below for helpful examples of fair use.
Different countries have different rules about when it’s okay to use material without the copyright owner’s permission. For example, in the United States, works of commentary, criticism, research, teaching, or news reporting might be considered fair use. Some other countries have a similar idea called fair dealing that may work differently.
Courts analyze potential fair uses according to the facts of each specific case. You’ll probably want to get legal advice from an expert before uploading videos that contain copyright-protected material.
The four factors of fair use
In the United States, fair use is determined by a judge, who analyzes how each of the four factors of fair use applies to a specific case.
1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
Courts typically focus on whether the use is “transformative.” That is, whether it adds new expression or meaning to the original, or whether it merely copies from the original. Commercial uses are less likely to be considered fair, though it’s possible to monetize a video and still take advantage of the fair use defense.
2. The nature of the copyrighted work
Using material from primarily factual works is more likely to be fair than using purely fictional works.
3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
Borrowing small bits of material from an original work is more likely to be considered fair use than borrowing large portions. However, even a small taking may weigh against fair use in some situations if it constitutes the “heart” of the work.
4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work
Uses that harm the copyright owner’s ability to profit from his or her original work are less likely to be fair uses. Courts have sometimes made an exception under this factor in cases involving parodies.

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#BlackVelvet #Elvis #AlannahMyles #BlackVelvetWhiteLightening #AudioPortrait

DEAR BUTTERFLY at Mouthpiece Oct 3 at 2pm VECC

Mouthpiece

DEAR BUTTERFLY
Direction & Music: sylvi macCormac – Poetry & Paintings: Kirsteen Main – Choreography & Dance: Sarah Lapp & Harmanie Taylor –
Costume Design: Diana McKenzie – Video: Jamie Nesbitt – Voices: Carolyn Main, John Murphy, JQ, David Craig, FS, Navdeep Matharoo – Guitar: David Craig – Thank You to Everyone, Cat Main, Jeffrey Renn & KickstART

will appear at

MOUTHPIECE will will bring together writers and performers to make an “expression of the disability experience.”

The “experimental collaborative project” is brought to the stage by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture at 2pm on Saturday, October 3 at The Cultch (1895 Venables St., Vancouver).

Collaborating artists:
Thom Andrews and Micheal Oswald
Sylvi MacCormac (pictured below) and Kirsteen Main
Naomi Brand and Adam Warren
Irit Shimrat and Elaine Huchinson
Albert Heide and Liesl Lafferty
Dorothy Dittrich and Jenny Magenta

Tix – call The Cultch at 604-251-1363 or visit www.tickets.thecultch.com

Radio Art from Canada

Railway Lines : Trains of Thought (7:50)
from Deep Wireless CD I also appears online at Third Coast Festival
http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/library/search?q=sylvi+macCormac
http://www.ThirdCoastFestival.org/behind_scenes_DeepWireless.asp

Radio Art from Canada – sylvi macCormac writes : Railway Lines: Trains of Thought stretches the Boundaries of Radio by collaging sound, story and song in an aural journey. This composition strives to extend the familiar structures of radio and music, by transforming sound sources with signal processing and combining them in creative ways, while inviting the listener into an imaginary journey along metaphoric Railway Lines. A child of Irish Immigrants who grew up on the West Coast of Canada, though no longer able to walk or play an instrument because of Multiple Sclerosis, I am “still brave” because of my community and because Electroacoustic Soundscape composition and “New and Improved” Radio provides me access to transcend Dis-Ability and continue to explore Fields of Sound. The Railway has both transported and run over many lives, both first nations and immigrants, in its quest for expansion and development. The Railway, while being sold out from under our feet, is still symbolic of various lines (commodities/communication/cultures) that break us apart and vibrant lines that bind us together as community in the unique and changing cultural horizon that is Canada.

http://naisa.ca/festivals/deep-wireless/
DEEP WIRELESS CD I 2004 includes
Railway Lines : Trains of Thought (7:5o)
Witness: Round journey (7:oo xrpt)
does this SOUND like me ? (1:oo:oo) online

http://naisa.ca/media-archive/compactdiscs/

SOUNDSCAPE ARTIST FOLLOWS BEAT OF DIFFERENT DRUMMER

SOUNDSCAPE ARTIST FOLLOWS BEAT OF DIFFERENT DRUMMER
Kickstart Festival of Disability Arts kicks off at Roundhouse
Sylvi MacCormac credits her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis in 1982 at the age of 21 for her decision to create music full-time. Jennifer Thuncher / Vancouver Courier – September 5, 2013

Sylvi MacCormac’s life course changed forever when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1982 at the age of 21. The multitalented artist credits the diagnosis for helping with her decision to create music full-time. “I went from girl with guitar to woman composer,” she said, explaining she was previously a part-time picture framer and guitar player.
Even MacCormac struggles to categorize her art. When pressed, she characterizes her two focuses as soundscape composition and West Coast Siwash rock — a wordplay nod to Stanley Park’s legendary boulder. But a closer look at her discography and biography proves she does much more. She is a singer, songwriter, musician, electronica devotee, poet and activist. She also teaches and makes films.
On Saturday, MacCormac will be at the Kickstart 5 Festival of Disability Arts, wearing two of her many hats. She will teach a workshop on soundscape and later perform her unique style of folk rock with her band the Horizon.
MacCormac said she feels musicians with physical challenges are often underestimated.
“Hardships can kind of teach us,” she said. “It is amazing what you can do.”
MacCormac’s path has led to places she never dreamed. After her diagnosis she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree studying electro-acoustic and soundscape composition at Simon Fraser University. Other career highlights include the release of Wheels Soundscapes: Voices of People with Dis Abilities, which features a varied cast of voices—including local big band legend Dal Richards— mixed with MacCormac’s soundscapes. She has received numerous awards such as the City of Vancouver Remarkable Women award in 2012. And her music has reached an international audience as far away as Nashville, Italy, Russia and England.
MacCormac is currently working on her fifth album, The Feather, which will include a book and a DVD and is set to be released in 2014.
Her soundscapes combine sounds of nature, voices and, of course, music. Common themes include First Nations rights, environmental damage and the “able” in disability. According to MacCormac, her activism comes from her “sonic ecological awareness.”
“When you listen, you hear,” she said.
The complexity of her art is a reflection of her dynamic personality. She is equal parts playful and soberingly philosophical. Asked about her MS, which requires she use a wheelchair, she said, “I was disabled in a Vaudeville sound check… The joke being there were no mixing boards in Vaudeville.”
Then reflecting on what she imagines listeners are doing as they hear her soundscapes, she said “deconstructing abuse.”
She also peppers her speech with poetry. One of her favourite quotes, which reflects both her art and her personality, is from poet Henry David Thoreau: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

For more on MacCormac, go to sylvi.ca.
Kickstart 5 Festival of Disability Arts runs Sept. 5 to 8 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. More details at kickstart-arts.ca.
Thuncher@shaw.ca
twitter.com/thuncher
© Copyright 2013

KICKSTART 5 FESTIVAL OF DISABILITY ARTS

Mixing Media

Sylvi MacCormac introduced herself as a songwriter but her succeeding releases have incorporated soundscapes (of varying lengths and of interest). On Sept 6 & 7 MacCormac will combine both at the Roundhouse during the Kickstart 5 Festival Of Disability Arts. On the same bill is the estimable Crista Couture. MacCormac is at the VAMS Studio working on an album, The Feather.
Tom Harrison, The Province, August 20,2013

KICKSTART 5 FESTIVAL OF DISABILITY ARTS
Kickstart 5 Festival: September 5 – 8, 2013
Festival Visual Art Exhibit: September 5 – 12, 2013

Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

SOUNDSCAPE is For the Birds, aka Field of Sound: is Stochastic a Dirty Word?
Workshop Presenter: sylvi macCormac

Participants will explore the theori and praxis of soundscape composition visiting diverse regions of acoustic ecology, environmental sound, music, language, communication and composing with computer and electro-acoustics. Maximum participants: 20

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7: 7:00 – 9:00 pm:
sylvi macCormac & the Horizon
(Brenda Baird, Thomas Beckman, Wendy Solloway and Dave Symington)

+ Christa Couture and her band perform original songs from both of their new and previous albums.

http://www.kickstart-arts.ca/2013-kickstart-festival-of-disability-arts/

sylvi macCormac is a Vancouver-based musician, songwriter, soundscape artist, author and filmmaker whose work has been internationally recognized. MacCormac, created WHEELS Soundscapes: Voices of People with Dis Abilities, Vancouver Folk Music Festival Soundscapes, and her film credits include commissions from KickStart, CBC and NFB. MacCormac’s fifth album “The Feather” will be released with a book and DVD in 2014.

WFMU ! New Jersey Radio airs Railway Lines : Trains of Thought (7:50)

wfmu

WFMU ! Zzzzzzero Hour
with Bill Mac: Playlist from July 27, 2013

includes

Sylvi MacCormac Railway Lines
Deep Wireless 1: Radio Art Compilation
New Adventures in Sound Art
0:19:11 (Pop‑up)

WFMU-FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting at 91.1 Mhz FM in Jersey City, NJ, right across the Hudson from lower Manhattan. It is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States.

The station also broadcasts to the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills in New York, Western New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania via its 90.1 signal at WMFU in Mount Hope, NY. The station maintains an extensive online presence at WFMU.ORG which includes live audio streaming in several formats, over 8 years of audio archives, podcasts and a popular blog.

Rolling Stone Magazine, The Village Voice, CMJ and the New York Press have all at one time or another called WFMU “the best radio station in the country” and the station has also been the subject of feature stories in The New York Times and on the BBC. In recent years the station has gained a large international following due its online operations and counts Simpson’s creator Matt Groening, film director Jim Jarmusch and Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed, among others, as devoted fans of the station.

http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/51676#comments

Railway Lines
i was born
onto the railway line
train ran right over me
didnt see it coming?
did you see it coming?
or love is blind
what would my father say?
what would your mother say?
what would our brothers say
if the mountains fell into the sea?
made a million
lost another
in fools gold
now i’m on my third
only the best
in guinness
i was thrown
onto the railway line
train ran right over me
didn’t see it coming?
did you hear it coming?
or love is blind
i was born onto the railway line
train ran right over me . .
.
© sylvi & see through publishing may 1998 (socan)
in Railway Lines : Acoustic Tracks (3:40) on Raven Shadows CD (2006)
in electroacoustic soundscape Railway Lines : Trains of Thought (7:50)
on Voices & Wheels CD (2000) – on Deep Wireless 1 CD (2004)

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DEEP WIRELESS CD I 2004 includes Railway Lines : Trains of Thought (7:5o)
Witness : Round Journey (7:oo xrpt), does this SOUND like me ? (8:30 xrpt) online

NAISA – New Adventures in Sound Art – http://www.NAISA.ca/DeepWireless
CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – http://www.CBC.ca

Commission by NAISA & CBC
De Constructing Abuse (12:30) 2004
published on Raven Shadows CD (2006)

Now in its third year, New Adventures in Sound Art is again producing the commission/residency opportunity as part of Deep Wireless, co-produced with CBC Radio’s “Out Front” and Charles Street Video. 2004 Deep Wireless artists are Marilyn Lerner, sylvi macCormac, Marion van der Zon and Richard Windeyer, with peices broadcast on CBC Radio from May 24-27 and spatialized versions presented on May 28th & 29th as part of the “Radio Theatre” performances at the Latvian House.

Radio art from Canada via the Deep Wireless compilation CDs 2004

http://www.ThirdCoastFestival.org/audio_library_2004.asp
http://www.ThirdCoastFestival.org/behind_scenes_DeepWireless.asp

sylvi macCormac on Railway Lines: Trains of Thought stretches the Boundaries of Radio by collaging sound, story and song in an aural journey. This composition strives to extend the familiar structures of radio and music, by transforming sound sources with signal processing and combining them in creative ways, while inviting the listener into an imaginary journey along metaphoric Railway Lines. A child of Irish Immigrants who grew up on the West Coast of Canada, though no longer able to walk or play an instrument because of Multiple Sclerosis, I am “still brave” because of my community and because Electroacoustic Soundscape composition and “New and Improved” Radio provides me access to transcend Dis-Ability and continue to explore Fields of Sound. The Railway has both transported and run over many lives, both first nations and immigrants, in its quest for expansion and development. The Railway, while being sold out from under our feet, is still symbolic of various lines (commodities/communication/cultures) that break us apart and vibrant lines that bind us together as community in the unique and changing cultural horizon that is Canada.

UTS’AM / WITNESS

UTS’AM / WITNESS
utsam_witness

to hear an excerpt of Witness: Round Journey by sylvi macCormac
https://soundcloud.com/sylvi_maccormac/witness-round-journey

CDs are available with proceeds to Uts’am / Witness via
http://www.utsam-witness.ca

UTS’AM / WITNESS & WEP CD 2004
for John Clarke Xwexwsélkn 1945-2003

xálek’ sekyu siyám / chief ian campbell – sxwi7shenalkwlh (3:o2)
sandy scofield – all my relations (2:14)
veda hille – plants (2:56)
bruce cockburn – child of the wind (4:o8)
barry truax – island (3:o3 xrpt)
sylvi macCormac – carving canoes (3:55)
sandy scofield – broken land (3:35)
hildegard westerkamp – beneath the forest floor (3:20 xcrpt)
buffy sainte-marie – starwalker (3:o3)
kinnie starr – red%x (4:oo)
shel neufeld – midnight forest run (3:55)
sylvi macCormac – horizon (5:oo)
anthony mcnab favel – northern loon (1:55)
sylvi macCormac – witness : round journey (18:oo)
with Squamish Spirit, Journey & Honour Songs
jeremy williams – wind in the cedars (2:oo)
spakwus slúlem / eagle song dancers – takaya / wolf song (8:1o) telélsemkin siyám / chief bill williams,
song & narration by s7áplék / Bob baker

co-produced by sylvi macCormac, T’Uy’Tanat Cease Wyss,
artistic director Slanay Spakwus Nancy Bleck http://www.nancybleck.com
executive producer Telélsemkin Siyám Chief Bill Williams – http://www.squamish.net
designers Slanay Spakwus Nancy Bleck & Terry
photos by Slanay Spakwus, Shel Neufeld, John Clarke
Huy Chewx A / Thank You to Artists, Volunteers, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, EMI Canada, True North Records, Lisa Baile, Round House Community Centre & Squamish Nation.
(p) 2004 UTS’AM/WITNESS (c) Composers/Writers (socan / ascap)
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Witness: Round Journey (20:00) 2000
Huy chewx a / Thank you for the honour and for listening. This is my attempt at an expression of the essence of Uts’am / Witness through sound. “We have never stopped being nature” (Slhalnãy Sp’ãkwus Nancy Bleck ). We will never stop being nature unless nature itself ceases to exist. We are voices of the city, country, forest and wilderness.
Soundscape composed with Squamish Spirit Song, Journey Song and Honour Song as sung by Telálsemkin Siyám Chief Bill Williams, Kwalucton, William Nahanee, Aaron Nelson-Moody et al. Wilderness Soundscapes and Voices were recorded around the Elaho River, the Carnegie & Roundhouse Commmunity Centres Coast Salish Territory Vancouver BC Canada 97-99. Voices: Telálsemkin Siyám, Nancy Bleck Slhalnãy Sp’ãkwus, John Clarke Xwexwsélkn , Amir Ali Alibhai, Paul Hundal, Joan, Drew Leetham, William Nahanee, Aaron Nelson-Moody, Shel Neufeld, a young english boy, Marie Preissl, Bob Turner, Ceise Wyss and a young squamish girl.

Thanks also to http://www.SFU.ca/~Truax for guidance and Charlie Richmond et al to be able to compose in Surround Sound with the Audio Box. http://www.richmondsounddesign.com This is a stereo mix of an octophonic work composed w th Audio Box @ Simon Fraser University 2000.
Uts’am & Cedar WomanSoundscape w Fabric Installation by Andrea Zimmer, RoundHouse 2001
Audio Engineering Society ,Vancouver Chapter, Landmark 2001 – Witness: Round Journey & Talk “Field o Sound: is Stochastic a Dirty Word ? Soundscape Composition w the Audio Box”

Performed at LEAPS (Live Electronic Arts Performance Series)
Van Pro Musica w photos in slow dissolve by John Clarke Xwexwsélkn 2000
Emily Carr University of Arts & Design, Faculty presentation of
Witness: Round Journey with the photography of Nancy Bleck Slhalnãy Sp’ãkwus 2000

Deep Wireless I CD 2004
Witness: Round Journey (7:10 xcrpt)

with Railway Lines: Trains of Thought – http://www.deepwireless.ca
https://soundcloud.com/sylvi_maccormac/witness-round-journey

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Soundscapes

Hear VFMF Soundscapes Here

Soundscapes of the Festival

 

 

Longtime Festival devotee sylvi macCormac is an artist who works with sound. She has created, and gifted to the Festival, an extraordinary work entitled VFMF Soundscapes 1999-2002: Festival Quartet for Solitude. You really need to hear these amazing compositions, a tapestry of ambient sound, spoken word, song and music, to really know what we’re talking about.

To learn more about sylvi and her work, visit www.sylvi.ca.

Introduction

Dugg Simpson: “Years ago I went to hear John Cage perform, and afterwards he answered questions from the audience. Someone asked him to define music. He paused, then smiled and said, ‘I believe it has something to do with the ears.’ Takeo Yamashiro was the next artist I heard express a similar sentiment. He was about to play a concert here in the park. Before he began, he pointed out all the sounds one could hear from that spot – children laughing, the wind in the trees, people talking and a generator in the distance. He asked us to listen to, and not be upset by, all those sounds while we listened to the sound of his shakuhachi”. – VFMF 1999 program notes

Throughout the 1999 weekend, I realized that one of the sweetest spots was between stages where musicians seemed to be playing together in harmony and time. When the birds joined in perfect syncopation my ears and heart opened wider. While composing the audio portrait of the festival i came across one of the recordings made between stage 2 of the Total Gospel Choir & and stage 7 of Takeo Yamashiro. On careful listening i realized that Takeo had intentionally followed the Choirs lead and repeated melodically what he had heard from far far away varying it in an improv with the wind. There are many moments so beautiful.

These compositions inform my ongoing work with Audio-Portraits and Soundscape(s). To work with so many wonderful voices is an honour and treasure. They give me great joy. They are also part of my commitment to a larger community. The compositions are given to the care of and for the benefit of the VFMF. They were never mine to keep or call my own since “the sum of all these parts are we”. (Martyn Joseph)

sylvi macCormac