Electric Fields
Electronic music and media arts festival
November 13th to the 23rd, 2008

FEEDBACK: Chris Ikonomopoulos
Sound Control

Presented by SAW Video

Thursday, November 20th
7:30 PM
Club SAW
67 Nicholas Street

The FEEDBACK Series is a presentation lab showcasing a variety of selected media artists from the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Composed of screenings and live performances hybridizing video, new creations and explorations are presented to the public in an informal context aimed at creating an exchange between the audience and the artists around their creative process.

The third installment of SAW Video's Feedback Series sees local audio controller Chris Ikonomopoulos present a variety of his sound based collaborative works. With an emphasis on process and collaboration with other artists, this evening will create an open dialogue to talk about sound design, dealing with audio as texture, translating ideas to sounds and working with something you cannot see. Drawing audio examples from videos Chris has worked on for local artists such as Ryan Stec, Deborah Margo, Penny McCann, Cheryl Pagurek, Phil Rose and others, Chris will give a guided tour of a range of audio aesthetics and how they have been used in his work.

Always finding interest with audio as texture and tone, Chris' approach to sound comes from a cut and paste aesthetic where all things are fair game if it all works in the end. Sound sources starting from one place can end up somewhere completely different when analogue and digital technologies meet anywhere along the way, and it is this recontextualising that informed Chris' initial works. In a medium where process is essentially invisible and your ears are the final stage, the notion of the latest technology making all earlier techniques obsolete is an idea that Chris has discarded in favour of an all inclusive approach to creating audio.

Chris Ikonomopoulos has been writing and recording music in Ottawa since the 1990s. Since 1998 the CKCU studios allowed him to experiment with abstract audio such as cut and paste sound collage and tape loops. His works exploring audio for collage, soundtracks and multimedia have been presented by the Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax), CBC Radio One and as an audio installation for the IFVA's 2001 national conference.

In 2001 Chris began working more formally in audio for video productions through SAW Video's famed youth program. Chris continues to work with sound in as many ways as possible through film and video, writing with, recording and mixing full bands, taking part in sporadic multimedia projects, producing web content, hosting a weekly radio show and DJ'ing a variety of events.

The FEEDBACK Series is funded through the Supplementary Operating Funds Initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Festival Passes

Festival Passes are $15.

Electric Fields passes are valid for all events excluding Thunderheist.

Festival Highlights

Thursday, November 13th

Festival launch
Vernisage: Sophie Bélair Clément Web Launch: Cheryl L'Hirondelle

Friday, November 14th

Electronic Evangelicals
Big screens and big sound in a big church. Audio-visual fantastic!
Saint Brigid's Centre for the arts and humanities

Tickets are available online in advance for $7 or $10 at the door.
Tickets are available in person at Canteen, 238 Dalhousie,

Saturday, November 15th

Artist Talk: Danny Perreault and Thomas Ouellet Frederick (Tvestroy)
Join these artists for an in detailed demo of the complex experimental electronic work. DAÏMÕN

Sunday, November 16th

Technology vs Democracy Debate hosted by Steven Loft
Library and Archives of Canada

Tron Screening
Library and Archives of Canada

Monday, November 17th

Vernisage: Reverse Engineered
Alexandre Castonguay and Mathieu Bouchard
Carleton University Art Gallery

Wednesday, November 19th

Screening: Video Music
New works of visual music.
The Ottawa Art Gallery

Saturday, November 22nd

Closing Party
Acadian and Aboriginal Hip Hop Night
Club SAW