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Journées sonores canal de Lachine, 2000-2004

February 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Journées sonores canal de Lachine, 2000-2004

Andra McCartney, Concordia University

Le Project

<<Journées Sonores, canal de Lachine>>est un projet sonore de documentation sur les modifications du paysage sonore du canal Lachine au fur et à mesure des différentes étapes de son réaménagement. Comme tous les projets de rénovation urbaine, ce projet de plusieurs années et millions de dollars a de profonds effets sur le contenu sonore des abords du canal. L’enregistrement, pendant plusieurs années, des sons depuis la piste qui court le long du canal a permis la création d’images sonores condensées accompagnant ces changements urbains. Nous espérons qu’en les écoutant, ces sons vous sensibiliseront au lieu – en particulier vous qui vivez et travaillez aux abords du canal – et que vous serez amenés à penser votre rapport avec les sons de ce lieu. Contrairement aux représentations visuelles, les enregistrements de sons ne cadrent pas de scènes ou d’édifices particuliers, mais soulignent des rapports entre sources différentes, comme la circulation de voitures ou de bateaux, des cyclistes, des machines industrielles ou de construction et des piétons.

Les enregistrements sonores ont été juxtaposés à des illustrations du canal Lachine. Notre intention était de mettre en relief différents angles d’un environnement donné en fonction de sources et perspectives différentes.

Le document ci-attaché Lachine Canal francais était produit pour l’installation au Musée de Lachine. En commençant sur la page 24 on peut trouver une liste de notes qui s’agissent de l’environnement du  canal de Lachine. On peut les entendre sur youtube:

Journées sonores, canal de Lachine is a sound project which reflects on shifts in the soundscape of the Lachine canal as it changed with each phase of a revitalization project, as the canal re-opened as a recreation area in 2002, after many decades of dormancy while the St. Lawrence Seaway moved shipping and industrialization to another area on the south shore of the river. Like all urban renewal projects, this multi-year, multi-million dollar project has profound effects on the areas surrounding the canal. By recording sounds from the areas around the canal over several years, this project created condensed sonic images that followed these urban changes, as well as imaginary scenes from its past based on interviews with local residents. These sound recordings do not frame particular buildings or scenes, but point to relationships among different sources such as auto and boating traffic, cyclists, industrial/construction machines and pedestrians, and reveal the changing ambiences of these places over time.

In the final phase of this project, a multimedia installation was produced for display at the Musée de Lachine (2004), in a historical building adjacent to the canal. The show included an interactive computer installation, bringing together sounds recorded throughout several years. It also included more composed meditations on particular sites, along with photographic and drawn images and found objects. Comments from the project’s website were also included. Visitors to the gallery were encouraged in turn to comment on the installation and how it affected their perception of and attitude toward the sounds of the Canal. It was possible then to go outside and do a soundwalk immediately after experiencing the installation.

The booklet that is inserted here was produced for the Musée de Lachine installation. Journées sonores canal de Lachine.

Starting on page 24 is a list of notes that are associated with short pieces about the Lachine canal sound environment. These pieces can be viewed as a playlist from the andrasound channel on youtube:


Hernoise archive, Kubisch, Varda, and audiences

Hernoise archive, Kubisch, Varda, and audiences

Watching, listening, writing to the hernoise archive

Watching the video interview with Christina Kubisch on hernoise, I am reminded again of the importance of this multi-faceted and growing archive for contemporary research in sound, gender and technology. I have read quite a bit about Kubisch in the past, but the video and its informal conversational tone gives access to her thinking and work in a new way, providing more context, letting me see and hear her reactions to questions. She talks about how she came to her method of working with magnetic induction, and her interest in letting audiences construct their own sonic experience using technology that she and her team had developed to make electrical signals audible. I think this aspect of Kubisch’s work is very important… read more at Hernoise archive…

Le terroir sonore du phare de Lachine / The sonic terroir of the Lachine light-house

March 1, 2013 2 comments

Le terroir sonore du phare de Lachine / the sonic terroir of the Lachine light-house.

This piece is based on soundwalks around the Lachine light-house just to the west of Montreal, 1999-2000. The water and pier surrounding the light-house invite all kinds of crossings: people eating lunch, fishers, sunset-watchers in their cars, ducks, swallows, boats, gulls, sparrows, wind gusting, waves and waves from the end of Lac St. Louis, sometimes frozen into fantastic ice-cubes that tinkle riotously against the rocks, sometimes coated with a thin creaking skin of ice. The light-house stands tall, blinking. Mostly this sentinel is locked but one day it is possible to enter. I remember how strikingly audible the presence of the light-house interior was. Inside, I wanted to name it: “this is the…” but my voice trails off as the rounded metallic interior speaks back to me. “Hello?” Walking by the shore, I discover an old chain and lift it up and down on the rock, imagining the many steel hulls that were tied to this bank with such chains, when it was an industrial port. The voice of the fisherman brings me back to the present “Bonjour!”

McCartney, Andra. “Le terroir sonore du phare de Lachine.” Peripherique. Curated by Nicole Gingras. Groupe Intervention Video, December 2000.

Meaningful listening through soundwalks

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Meaningful listening through soundwalks

Paper presented at EMS 12 conference in Stockholm, Sweden, June 2012. Listening with James Tenney, and the politics and pleasures of embodied listening. Traffic sound.

Categories: Listening, Publications

Ambiances en Actes / Ambiances in Action

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Cette semaine nous participerons à Ambiances en Actes.

Le second Congrès International sur les Ambiances est placé sous l’égide duRéseau International Ambiances dont il constitue l’une des productions majeures. Organisé tous les quatre ans, il a pour objectif de créer un temps de rassemblement à l’échelle internationale pour les chercheurs et les acteurs (opérationnels et artistes) qui analysent les dimensions ambiantales de l’environnement construit et œuvrent à la fabrique sensible du monde contemporain.

Le domaine des ambiances architecturales et urbaines est traversé par de nombreuses démarches et de multiples apports qui en font sa richesse. Le congrès international sur les ambiances propose d’en être l’expression, se nourrissant de travaux à la recherche de circulations nouvelles entre le conçu et le vécu, le mesuré et le qualifié, le projeté et l’éprouvé, le matériel et l’immatériel.

Organisé du 19 au 22 septembre 2012 au Centre Canadien d’Architecture à Montréal (CCA), le congrès se fera l’expression de l’avancée des connaissances et des nouvelles hypothèses proposées par les différents champs disciplinaires et domaines d’activité qui mobilisent la question des ambiances.

This week we take part in the conference, Ambiances in Action.

The second International Congress on Ambiances will be held under the aegis of the International Ambiances Network. The congress, organized every four years, is one of the network’s main events, an international gathering for researchers, artists and players engaged in analyzing the ambiance-related dimensions of the built environment and in the sensory construction of the contemporary world.

Many approaches are at work in the field of architectural and urban ambiance, and these multiple contributions nurture its rich diversity. The International Congress on Ambiances aims to give voice to this activity, feeding on work exploring new forms of exchange between what is designed and what is experienced, between the measured and the qualified, the projected and the tested, the material and the immaterial.

The Congress will be held for four days at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), in Montreal, from 19 to 22 September 2012. It will seek to express advances in learning and new hypotheses proposed by the various disciplines and fields of activity which address the question of ambiances.

Walking Archives: The Soy Children by Eduardo Molinari

I have been reading Walking Archives: The Soy Children, by Argentinean artist and writer Eduardo Molinari. He walks us into the GMO soy fields of Monsanto, covering more than half of cultivated lands in that country. There is an oblique connection to the work of Soundwalking Interactions: the Buenos Aires soundwalk in December 2010 by chance crossed paths with a Monsanto demonstration.

Molinari says: “My archive … took shape based on three sources or types of documents: copies of the AGN’s [national archives] official photographic material, the photographs I take on walks, and lastly what I call junk or garbage documentation: scraps and fragments of print media (magazines, newspapers, graphics in general) and publications (books, posters, postcards, maps, etc.) Those three elements, joined together as a manual collage, have created the Documents of the Walking Archive…. The process behind the relationship between the Walking Archive and the collective processes I take part in has been coloured from the outset by the dynamic of the walker: it’s a relationship that’s always in context, always linked to others, always open to new forms of knowledge and practices. That’s why I refer to the Walking Archive as a project in which walking as an aesthetic practice and collective and interdisciplinary at ion are at the core.” (2012: 2)

Molinari, Eduardo. Walking Archives: The Soy Children. Brooklyn, NY: Autonomedia, 2012.



Masjid Jamek downtown soundwalk in Kuala Lumpur

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The accompanying PDF file is an article by Andra McCartney published in Entitle, the electronic magazine of the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University (No. 03, Vol. 01, August 2010: 16-17), Malaysia. McCartney conducted a soundwalk in Kuala Lumpur’s downtown with a sound class from Multimedia University in late January 2010. You can hear (and see) the soundwalk below.

Entitle Article