Sounds

Feel the Sky

May – June 2020

Feel the Sky is a duo of sound works in conversation produced by Jaye Kranz (Australia) and Myra Al-Rahim (USA). Both extend from the same starting point – a recording from 1992 made by a news reporter unfamiliar with field recording, but entranced by a chance encounter with trumpeter swans on an icy lake.

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Are We There Yet?

““Are We There Yet?”  is a strange, recurring road-trip towards home. A home we can never really find or retrieve; while at the same time, being a home we have already found: the one that is already ours.”

Jaye Kranz

May 29, 2020

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The Burdened Land

“I wanted the work to have a distinct feeling of space and scale. I sought to explore the thematic interconnectedness between the migratory paths of birds and the sprawling supply chains of capital.”

Bassel Al-Rahim

May 29, 2020

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2020 Season

2020 was Constellations’ most ambitious season to date, and featured work from over twenty artists, mostly made for our podcast feed. The predominant new element of this season was gathering multiple works together in single episodes. In episodes like Missed Connections and Inner Geographies, and Extraction, the pieces trip over each other, harmonize, and build upon each other, either or both thematically and structurally.

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Lonely Artefacts

“How to document these often fragile nodes of community interaction and herstory as a matter of public record?”

Sisters Akousmatica

July 10, 2020

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Archive

“To re-encounter an archive changes it; we bring our present judgements, preconceptions, understandings, contexts to this artifact from the past, and therefore instantly shift its meaning.”

Erica Huang, Jenn Stanley

October 9, 2020

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Accumulation Over Time

“I want to understand … what is this accumulation? Like, why is why is this? How is this? What is this?”

Adriene Lilly

August 7, 2020

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Resonant Bodies

August – December 2020

Resonant Bodies is an online exhibition about the sonic reflections between bodies and their environments, and an extension of a physical exhibition which took place at the Toronto Media Arts Centre from August 11-17th, 2019. The online exhibition consists of 6 new Constellations episodes, featuring new works by participating artists Aliya Pabani, Chandra Melting Tallow, Cheldon Paterson, Kaija Siirala, Jon Tjhia, and Phoebe Wang.

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Singing on the Line

Aliya Pabani

August 9, 2019

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Thing-Like

Jon Tjhia

August 9, 2019

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Hamina, Finland

Kaija Siirala

August 9, 2019

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Transport Station

Cheldon Paterson

August 9, 2019

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Protect Me From My Protector

Chandra Melting Tallow

August 9, 2019

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Isn't it lovely?

Phoebe Wang

August 9, 2019

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2019 Season

By 2019, Constellations had established itself in a weird little corner of the audio world, leading to more artists and producers making original works for us. Our third season is comprised primarily of new works made especially for Constellations. Working alongside these artists in a curatorial capacity, we continued to craft our in-between space: not quite narrative audio, not quite sound art, but solidly somewhere that people wanted to be with us.

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And The Sea Gave Up the Dead Which Were In It

“I wanted to explore the idea of broken sounds. I certainly feel as if many of the clips I used sustained a good amount of abuse throughout the process of creating the piece.”

Bassel Al-Rahim

March 29, 2019

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H:O:M:E

“I explored themes of death, displacement, collective memory, and personal stories.”

Amias Hanley

June 7, 2019

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Quiet Contemplations

“The relativity of quiet in relation to noise intrigued me and I wanted to explore the relativity of quiet in relation to other quiet moments.”

Ayesha Barmania

March 15, 2019

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2018 Season

Our second year of Constellations contains some of our most inspired original pieces, alongside an excellent back catalogue of established sound artists’ works. We started reaching out to artists around the world to gain insights into sound and audio works outside of North America, and to cultivate a community of artists listening to each other across borders and sonic traditions.

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Refuse: military.01

“What alternatives to forced conscription are presented to these children? Schools which allow access to the Israeli military propaganda merchants, rarely, if ever, allow alternative voices to reach the children. ”

Meira Asher

June 1, 2018

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Swimming Through Butterflies

“I liked the idea of getting a biologist to “speak” in sound and not in words or facts. ”

Karen Werner

February 9, 2018

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El Primer Espacio

“I like to tell the stories indirectly through sound, and create environments that produce sensations in the listeners.”

Sol Rezza

November 23, 2018

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2017 Season

Constellations began as a small collaboration between us, Michelle Macklem and Jess Shane,  in the first half of 2017. We were working at a public broadcaster at the time, surrounded by tight deadlines and fast paced workflows. There was intense pressure to keep up with podcasting and radio culture in our industry, and even though we loved working with sound, we were left wondering, were we really listening?

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Migraines & Tsunamis

“I think anyone who experiences some kind of internal, invisible but frequently, reoccurring pain ends up using some kind of external imagery or analogy in order to both explain to others, but also to yourself, what exactly the pain is.”

Adriene Lilly

September 8, 2017

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Lazaro's Dream

“Lazaro's Dream is an audio walk that mixes history and fiction into a surreal dreamscape and guides listeners through the Danforth area in Toronto, Ontario. Press play and enter a character's dream.”

Angela Shackel

August 11, 2017

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Ode to my Last 10 Years of Dating

“What can be found by listening to – and sitting with – our internal landscapes?”

Michelle Macklem

September 22, 2017

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