Sound/Radio Arts

24 Hours of Radio Art with Bepi Crespan

I’m thrilled to be included for a second year on a list of fabulous sound artists and experimenters presented by Bepi Crespan. The stream broadcasts live on CiTR and is available online, too. Check it out here

The COMMUTE by Arts Assembly and Response by Brynn McNab

This piece was incredibly challenging; we were tasked with exploring an aspect of our commutes just as COVID-19 closures were hitting. Reflecting on the West Coast Express, a commuter train bridging Vancouver with wildly disparate zones around it, meant reflecting on time, memory, loss, labour, and the compounding nature of repetitive experience. The pieces are linked below, as well as response by Brynn McNab exploring the works through a Lefebvrian perspective.

Find the works here and McNab’s response here

Sound Design for Frank Theatre

I was pleased to foray into recording for film and sound design for the experimental play/new media effort by Frank Theatre. Read more here

Journal of Design and Culture

My audio essay about my East Van neighbourhood during COVID-19 has been published in the Journal of Design and Culture. You can listen to it here

From the abstract:

This audio essay acoustically investigates a neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada, during COVID-19. The soundmarks of the neighborhood changed when pub-crawlers and brunch-goers started isolating at home. A sense of quiet was dispelled when other flows became apparent. This soundscape dispatch focuses on a shift in soundscape from human leisure sounds to increased foot traffic to the nearby bottle depot and copper scrapyard. As COVID-19 measures unfolded, wheel carts rattled more frequently throughout the day. This changed environmental ambience, while conveying information about street economies during COVID-19. The change in acoustic ambience raises grounded questions about whose sheltering has been supported by government programs; which industries and activities have been seen as “high-risk” or “essential” and how essential access has been defined; and how income and activities that aren’t codified in social support regimes are rationalized/obscured, while also impacting people’s safety and ability to shelter.

November 2020: See Sounds Listening Party with Publik Secrets

I had a blast presenting a show-and-tell for Publik Secrets. We listened to an in-progress drone piece and other sounds while channelling the audio experience into our sketchbooks and notebooks. Definitely keep an eye on Publik Secrets for more interactive listening events with local artists.

Listening to COVID-19 with Vancouver New Music/Vancouver Soundwalking Collective: Co-hosted with Brady Marks

Presenting footage from various recordists and co-listening in real time with guests, we explored sonic dimensions of COVID-19 in the Collective’s first online ‘soundwalk’, or what we called a ‘listening event’.

Slow Wave

Slow Wave Small Projects, a next-level immersive retreat and artist development program on Mayne Island, BC. The project focuses on creativity through land-based approaches and intentional social relations

photo credit: Tony-Leah Yake

With Brady Marks, I co-led a workshop on field recording and sound gathering, creating interactions with shapes, spaces, ideas and movement. The result was a playful afternoon of foraging and experimenting.

We heard perspectives on how accessibility can factor into conceptions of soundwalking and other immersive, terrain-based sensory activities.

Participants designed mini soundwalks and sonic experiences for each other, playing with a variety of recording devices and natural materials around us.

PREVIOUS ACTIVITIES

Ongoing: co-hosting and programming for the Soundscape Show, a collective creating on-air space for sound-based exploring. Airing on CFRO 100.5FM, Vancouver Co-op Radio.

VWAM (Vancouver Women’s Ambient Music collective) live on Soundscape Show with Helena Krobath and Brady Marks

Place & Sound compositions on Bandcamp

Vancouver Housing Stories (audio mentorship project exhibition, in collaboration with participants and VIVO Media Arts) Presented at VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver 2019 [profiled on CBC Radio Early Edition]

Playing the Burrard Bridge With Sound (interactive soundwalk with Elizabeth Ellis, Julie Hammond, Matthew Ariaratnam). Presented by Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Soundscape Collective, and Museum of Walking (UK), Vancouver 2019

Play on the Tracks (5m1s electroacoustic soundscape/speculative fiction) MAC/CRES emerging sound artist residency. Presented at 312 Main, May 30, 2019

What happened Yesterday? (3min07 soundtrack). Created at VIVO Media Arts Experimental Video Editing workshop.

I Dreamt This Was My Home (6m28s electroacoustic soundscape/abstract narrative) Web. Appeared: Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, New Adventures in Sound Art, South River, Spring 2019

Meet me in Listening (interactive soundwalk, in collaboration with Elizabeth Ellis) Presented by Vancouver New Music and Vancouver Soundwalk Collective, Vancouver 2018

helena smiles at the camera while a soundwalk participant uses the rolled up listening poster to hear a flower
photo credit: Elizabeth Ellis

If You Lived Here (soundwalk and electroacoustic composition, in collaboration with Danica Evering) Presented by Vancouver Soundwalk Collective and Vancouver New Music, Vancouver 2018

I Dreamt This Was My Home (5m 58s video collage)   Exhibited in Dreamt Territories, Imagined Bodies (curated by Ariane Charbonneau and Momoko Allard), Feminist Media Studio, Montreal 2017 – 2018

Circulating the Big O: Fieldnotes, Reflections, Recomposition (15min23 soundscape and audio essay)  Premiered at Echoes and Reflections: A co-located soundmapping venture between Morecambe and Montreal (Concordia/University of Lancaster)

Invisible Port (6min20 documentary and sonification experiment observing cargo shipping through Port of Montreal in the St. Lawrence River) Montreal 2016, shared at Small Packages Symposium (Milieux Institute)

Let’s Trade Info! (colour printed zine) Exhibited in Alterations and Repairs (curated by Danica Evering and Monika Kin Gagnon) Concordia Media Gallery, Montreal 2016

Oh My Mother (8min20 electroacoustic fiction and voice work)  Premiered at: Inner and Outer Space, Studio T (student work curated by Barry Truax), Vancouver 2015

Parks, Trees, & Tankers: A Spring Soundwalk Public interactive soundwalk through the Burrard industrial waterfront area; Hosted by Vancouver New Music & Vancouver Soundwalk Collective

That’s Not Art! Community spectacle  Abbotsford 2013. Visual art and zine presentation + hosting activities for attendees; dance floor starter