Small Boy

Small Boy (1:02) is printed on Deep Wireless 6 CD (2009)

Cree Nation, Rex Smallboy, speaks about Nepi / Water and tells us that Aski means Earth; Yoten means Wind. Paddle in Lake (recorded by David Murphy – Small Boy, Stringed Instrument & Melismatic Male Vocalist – recorded with permission at Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2006 –

Rex Smallboy Hip Hops wit War Party from Winnepeg, Canada – –

composed for 60×60

Small Boy (:60) will be part of VFMF Soundscapes 1999-2009

WHEELS Soundscapes & eContact 11.2



WHEELS Soundscapes: Voices of People with Dis Abilities –

Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) — Music studio for people with disabilities; Mini-Interview with sylvi macCormac

In 2008 VAMS launched an accessible space designed to meet the needs of people with a wide range of disabilities and musical capabilities. Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) was founded in the late 1980s to support and promote musicians with physical disabilities in the Metro Vancouver area.

Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) Communauté Électroacoustique Canadienne

eContact! 11.2 – Canadian Figures is the second issue focussing on Canadian electroacousticians and presents an overview of the broad range of practices that have formed the Canadian electroacoustic landscape, one which is as vast and diverse as the geography of Canada itself.


sylvi macCormac


by Kalvos & Damian

Kalvos & Damian’s New Music Bazaar, Show #522, 4 June 2005. Interview recorded in two separate studios. Listen to the interview (RealAudio) from the original broadcast [0:11:17–1:55:36].


VAMS MUSIC SAVES Project was developed to create awareness of VAMS and the wonderful work it does to help create a level playing field for the disabled. This video is an example of how we believe that music can have an incredible positive influence in peoples lives therapeutically and creatively. Programs such as this are important to recognize and support. We believe that music makes a difference and can heal, enrich and inspire positivity and creativity. –

MUSIC SAVES – Vancouver Adapted Music Society’s Music Saves Video Projectshowcases a stellar array of West Coast music scene names.

Produced by Shore 104 FM, it features Jim Byrnes, Geoff Hicks, Shaun Verreault, The Sojourners, Adaline, Daniel Wesley, Shane Turner, Jets Overhead, and Ndidi Onukwulu join VAMS members Sylvi MacCormac and Rolf Kempf in an amazing cover of Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released.

Jim Byrnes, an original VAMS member and supporter, says the choice of song was “brilliant, because the theme of the song fits so well with the mandate VAMS lives by: music truly sets you free.

“We are all prisoners in some way. We have a physical disability or a mental disability or we’re afraid of something in our lives; but I think this project is an opportunity to show how this music, that we love so much, is a way to set us all free and allows us to be a part of the world that surrounds us.”

VAMS MUSIC SAVES Video celebrates healing power of music.
Vancouver Adapted Music Society supports musicians with physical disabilities.

Straight Goods CD (2008) – – includes Why ? from Phoenix CD (1996) Co-Produced with Colin Nairne at Boneyard Studios, the working studio of Barney Bentall & Legendary Hearts

On the Coast – – August 19, 2009 – Coming up on our next show, a new recording studio for musicians with special mobility needs is making it possible, for them to make music again. VAMS (Van Adapted Music Society) including Bobbi Style, sylvi macCormac, Joe Coughlin with Producer Robert Willis.

THE EXPRESS on SHAW, SEPT 17 @ 3/6/10PM – Interview Filmed at VAMS STUDIO at GF STRONG

Behind the scenes look and the people, names, and faces that contributed the making of the Shore 104 FM VAMS – Music Saves video. Video production in Vancouver by


WAVES OF KOKORO (2009) Video by Gene Greenwood in Deep Cove, BC, Canada
‘Waves of Kokoro’ from VOICES & WHEELS (2000) by sylvi macCormac

Eadwacer do you hear? – From Wulf and Eadwacer a 7th Century Poem in the Exeter Book.
Speculative translation reads Eadwacer as either Skywatcher or Earthwatcher

Thank You Gene Greenwood !

sylvi macCormac –

sylvi received Honourable Mention at the International Musique Electroacoustique Bourges, France (1999) for Waves of Kokoro, with the Voices & Breaths of Kokoro Dances Barbara Bourget & Jay Hirabayashi, Birds & West Coast Soundscape – –

Waves of Kokoro – electroacoustic soundscape for Kokoro Dance (10:45) 1999 voices: Barbara Bourget, Jay Hirabyashi, Crows, Seagulls, Waves from West Coast of Canada recordings & composing: sylvi macCormac – printed on Music Works #74 – – performed with Kokoro Dance – – presented at SONIC BOOM 2003 annual showcase of BC composers and LEAPS Van Pro Musica 1999


Who is She ? Fragile as Superman (1:06)

on line @

Who is She ? Fragile as Superman “appeared” in reel time @


SOUNDS FROM THE WEAVE November 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2009: 12:30pm – The Stedman Art Gallery. The Rutgers Electro-Acoustic Lab (REAL) presents Sounds from the Weave, four installations of electroacoustic music by women composers from around the globe. Supporting the art exhibition A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, these installations showcase the myriad ways that women have expressed issues of their identity and gender through their music.69 composers from 18 countries submitted over 100 works for consideration. 33 works were chosen to represent how women composers from diverse backgrounds have woven the the threads of identity into their work. Each installation is one hour in duration.All are welcome to visit the gallery during these times and reflect on the art and take in the sounds. Admission is free. Mark Zaki, composer and assistant professor of composition is the director of REAL –

who is she? fragile as superman

who is she so precious for a moment fleeting on wings
to heaven away from me i let her go and compose a song
for what else can i do but let the rain fall

who is this spirit so precious
that should bless us with her presence
and i miss you i won’t forget your gifts
for space is not so far as your eyes see through me

supermans in the hospital breathing fragile
giving us this moment to remember
we are like babies on either side of the womb
on the other side of the womb fragile life special love
skin and bones and spirit fragile as superman

who is she so precious for a moment fleeting on wings
to heaven away from me i let her go and compose a song
for what else can i do but let the rain fall

who is she? fragile as superman
supermans a quad and lois lanes manic depressive
capable able cape able of great leaps and bounds
so dis the dis d-d-dis the dis i am able
dis the dis you are able dis the dis we are able!
who is she? fragile as superman

© sylvi & see through publishing 1997

on Coastal Chants CD (2008)

Broadcast via Moscow, Russia by Artemiy Artemiev

Moscow, Russia – Radio Ultra 70.19FM – Radio Kolomna – 91.8 FM

St. Petersburg –  Radio Neva-3

Broadcast by Artemiy Artemiev on the program Electroshock

Feb 26, 2010 Waves of Kokoro & 8 Direction from Voices & Wheels CD

Feb, 19, 2010 Coastal Chant from Coastal Chants CD and Penny: a Process & De: Composing from Voices & Wheels CD

Feb 12, 2010  Sure I Can & How many Times? from Coastal Chants CD & Doin Time & 100 mph from Phoenix CD.

Feb 5, 2010 On the Drive & Just Like a Midwife from Coastal Chants CD & Carving Canoes: For the Wild from Voices & Wheels CD

Jan 29, 2010 – Horizon & Composing Dreams from Coastal Chants CD & Voices of a Place from Voices & Wheels CD.

Jan 22, 2010 Waters on Avenues & Too Young Too Old from Coastal Chants CD  & Colour Compassion from Phoenix CD

Jan 15, 2010 Ringing in Our Ears & Where Children Breathe Fire from Coastal Chants CD & Thought I Saw You from Phoenix CD

Jan 8, 2010 Water Rushing Through My Brain & Who is She? Fragile as Superman from Coastal Chants CD,

Dec 25, 2009 Witness: Round Journey & Does This Sound Like Me? from Raven Shadow CD.

Dec 18, 2009 Digital Silence (:33) is literally digital silence not heard on Radio ! Aural Shadows: of th Rose & th Railway (5:30) & Digital Silence (:33) from Raven Shadows CD.

Dec 11, 2009  Little Buddhas Dance from Voices & Wheels CD & Changing Times: Co-op Radio (10:50) xrpt from Raven Shadows CD, broadcast on the waves of St. Petersburg’s “Neva-3” radio station.

Dec 4, 2009 Railway Lines: Trains of Thought from Voices & Wheels CD & De Constructing Abuse from Raven Shadows CD

Nov 27, 2009 Blood from a Stone from Coastal Chants CD (2008) & Echoes of Home: All the Way from Ireland from Raven Shadows CD (2008)

Nov 19, 2009 Full Moon Nightmare from Phoenix CD (1996) & Spirit Wheels: Journey from Voices & Wheels CD (2000)

Nov 5, 2009   Railway Lines: Acoustic Tracks from Raven Shadows CD (2006)

Oct 23, 2009   Looking into Space f rom Phoenix CD (1996) with Colin Nairne, recorded at the Boneyard Studio of Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts

Oct 16, 2009,  Phoenix and Why ? from Phoenix CD (1996) with Colin Nairne

Oct 9, 2009,  You are the Raven from Raven Shadows CD (2006 ) and Grandmother’s Child from Coastal Chants CD (2008) with Blaine Dunaway & Joseph Pepé Danza.

Canadian Music Centre-Across the Waves-YO! ABLE DIS!-Van Folk Music Festival Soundscapes

Canadian Music Centre‘s Electricities/Électricités CD (2003) includes ”the gently haunting ambience of Sylvi MacCormac’s ‘penny: a process’ … ‘Electricities / Électricités’ travels through time, from Hugh LeCaine’s 1957 pioneering and artful experiments with the world’s first ‘Sackbut’ synthesizer on ‘The Burning Deck’ and Ann Southam’s sparse and elegant ‘Reprieve’ from 1979, to the cutting edge and ground breaking contemporary works of Robert Normandeau and Louis Dufort.”

ACROSS the WAVES ~  ~  ~  Composers Miriam Rainsford and sylvi macCormac enjoy conversation and a cup of tea with cats and radio static   ~  ~  ~

VFMF Soundscapes 1999-2002: Festival Quartet for Solitude – ” Longtime Festival devotee sylvi macCormac is an artist who works with sound. She has created, and gifted to the Vancouver Folk Music 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. ”

VFMF Soundscapes 1999-2009 (in process)

YO! ABLE DIS! (transcribed 2008)

The Canadian wilderness and a background in folk music have influenced macCormac’s music, which moves between soundscape and storytelling. She hopes that her music “soothes the soul and bring children and academics and jazz aficionados to spiral dance.” 4 June 2005

Hear sylvi macCormac’s music and interview with

Dennis Bathory-Kitsch @ Kalvos & Damian’s New Music Bazaar – yo able dis ! – text & image