Musica Reflecta and the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) are pleased to present the final edition of Opus Testing for the 2014-15 season. On June 4, audiences are invited to a music writing workshop-concert hosted at the CMC. Each edition of Opus Testing begins with a unique musical assignment, and the NASA Remixed edition is our first effort to focus entirely on electronic music.

From decades-old radio transmissions to the ringing of ionized matter, NASA’s audio archive has a ready supply of compelling and otherworldly sounds. Artists from around the world have been making use of the material, especially in music projects. We invited composers to use sounds downloaded from NASA’s archive to create an electronic piece or soundscape. On June 4, the Opus Testing event will feature discussions with the participants facilitated by musician-composer Rose Bolton, and a performance by SlowPitchSound who will present his own music alongside a playlist of star-bound creations. The music will be accompanied by live, improvised projections by Damian Lebiedzinski. We are also delighted to welcome Dr. Duy Cuong Nguyen, member of the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics (based at the University of Toronto), an organization committed to sharing astronomical discovery with the public. Nguyen will join our discussion to provide greater context for the sounds in NASA’s archive.

In the same way that literary fiction allows writers to imagine other worlds, electronic music composition in the 20th and 21st centuries has enabled far-flung sonic explorations. Opus Testing is an opportunity for audiences to understand the compositional process, and the relationship between the composer and sources of inspiration, and the NASA Remixed event will feature fascinating discussions. Join us as we contemplate our place in the universe!

Canadian Music Centre (20 St. Joseph Street)
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time: Doors at 7:30, event begins at 8:00pm
Admission: Pay What You Can

Rose Bolton: Based in Toronto, Rose Bolton creates music for documentary films. She is also well established as a composer who creates and envisions new sounds in the areas of classical and electronic music. In 2011 she was commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre to create a sound and video installation for Toronto’s 2011 Nuit Blanche. The finished work, The Crown of the Bell, was produced in collaboration with film artist Marc de Guerre, and over 1000 people experienced the piece during the all-night event. Her concert music has garnered awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council; and her work has been performed across Canada by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra, among others. For more info on Rose, click here!

SlowPitchSound: Using the turntable creatively to explore sounds has been at the forefront of Cheldon Paterson aka SlowPitchSound’s entire adult life. Turntable composition, live performance and improvisation have been key elements whether performing solo or with culturally diverse musicians stretching from Gamelan to jazz to western classical and beyond. His unique style of turntable performance has made its way around the world touching down in Sweden, Great Britain, Netherlands, Australia and America. He is a sound artist who often incorporates unconventional functions of the turntable as well as field recordings in his compositions. Using the turntable as an instrument, sounds are captured, looped and further brought to life by numerous filters and effects in tandem with Paterson’s hypnotic tribal rhythms. Away from the stage, Cheldon stays busy teaching the art of DJing at Off Centre DJ & Electronic Music Production School. For more info on SlowPitchSound, click here!

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