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Arts Commons Soundscape Supplemental

by Ohama

Please download these supplemental audio tracks to mix with the Ohama Soundscape Installation "A Moment Of Quiet Reflection In Downtown Calgary" March 1 to Aug 31, 2018 at Arts Commons, Calgary, AB, Canada.
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Tangerine Dream (Supplemental)
10:00 album only
2. Subconscious Undertow (Supplemental)
10:00 album only
3. Calgary Seventh and Centre (Supplemental)
10:00 album only
4. Grand Piano Echo Chamber (Supplemental)
10:00 album only
5. Coming Through in Waves (Supplemental)
10:00 album only
6. Multiambience 2018 (Supplemental)
10:00 album only
7. Reflection (Instructions)
5:01 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"A Moment of Quiet Reflection in Downtown Calgary"
The installation is a true 15 channel mix (technically a 12.3 surround mix). With these additional tracks it becomes 17 channels.

TIP 1 - Play the supplemental tracks at a low volume to mix with the installation. To begin I suggest setting the volume just above the threshold of audibility.

TIP 2 - If you find it difficult to balance the supplemental tracks with the installation, try using only one earphone.

TIP 3 - Experiment with the start time. Although tracks can be played and mixed at any point, sometimes a difference of 40 milliseconds can make the mix more harmonious. Just hit pause/play to re-sync the audio.

TIP 4 - You can try these supplemental tracks at home by downloading the stereo album mixes of the soundscape installation. The release date for albums I, II and III is May 22, 2018. The Arts Commons installation goes live March 1, 2018 and will run 24 hours a day.

TIP 5 - Listen to the track "Reflection (instructions)" for more detailed listening guidelines.

TIP 6 - Please take your time and remember to breathe. Thank you for listening!

Arts Commons Presents "A Moment of Quiet Reflection in Downtown Calgary" by Tona Ohama

Location: +15 Hallway (Near Alberta Theatre Projects and Theatre Calgary offices in Arts Commons) 
Date: March 1 - Aug 31, 2018

Artist Reception: Happenings 12 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on Monday, May 14 from 6-9pm

Arts Commons Presents brings a new media art sound installation to the +15 hallway that will take you on a journey of meditation. This 15-speaker multiambient music installation was designed specifically for the Arts Commons +15 Walkway and is dedicated to the memory of Richard McDowell and Michael Green.

This is a meditation. It is the eye of the storm. It is all about finding a moment of quiet reflection within your busy day. Repetitive bass and piano notes are your constant breathing and heartbeat. Field recordings from downtown Calgary like crosswalk beeps and C-trains ebb and flow and are reflected in the synthesizer tracks that move in and out like waves. Other synthesizer tracks were inspired by winds blowing through the metal "Trees" structures on Stephen Avenue Walk. The bells are from Ohama's 2014 High Performance Rodeo installation which was the first original composition written specifically for the Calgary Tower Carillon. The electronic arpeggiated phrases represent your own thoughts. They appear and leave naturally as you listen, reflect and then continue on your journey.

Supplemental sound files are available for free at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ohama18

Listeners are encouraged to load these files to their portable devices and mix with the installation to further enhance the multiambient experience.

Artist Biography
Ohama is an electronic recording artist based in Western Canada who bought his first synthesizer in 1975 at the age of fifteen. Although he has a world-wide following, he remains relatively unknown in his home province and has been called "Alberta's Best Kept Musical Secret" by both the Calgary Herald and Earshot Magazine. He's the only Canadian to appear on the highly regarded Stones Throw/Minimal Wave Records compilations "The Minimal Wave Tapes" and is recognized as one of Canada's synthesizer/minimal techno pioneers.

Track notes and credits:
"A Tangerine Dream" is a single monosynth with an arpeggiator performed live for 10 minutes.
"Subconscious Undertow" began as track "mIa 090215" off the album "Earth HIstory Multiambient"
"Calgary Centre and Seventh" was created from field recordings done at Centre Street and Seventh Ave. N in Downtown Calgary
"Grand Piano Echo Chamber" is a grand piano sampler through an echo chamber and arpeggiator performed live for 10 minutes
"Coming Through In Waves" began as track "mIa 090202" off the album "Earth History Multiambient"
"Multiambient 2018" is a mix of all 5 tracks

Performed and produced by Ohama
Copyright 2018 Tona W. Ohama Published 2018 midnite news music (SOCAN)



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