Beginning in February 2022, we’ll be hosting a monthly Sound Art radio program on CJSW 90.9 fm in Calgary/Mohkinstsis. This project evolved out of our annual collaborative art intervention, The Hibernation Project, with thanks to the artist-participants.
Ears Have Eyes is an auditory exhibition space for sound art on the radio. Every month, artists and musicians respond to a theme, making new compositions or sharing existing works on CJSW’s radio waves. Addressing a need for spaces to exhibit sound-specific contemporary art, Ears Have Eyes invites local, national, and international artists to share spatial soundscapes, auditory aesthetics, spoken word, poetry, experimental compositions, thematic interviews, noise, and other recorded media, transmitted on the radio across Treaty 7 Territory – and beyond.
How do our ears see? Perhaps in a brighter, more dynamic technicolour than our eyes can begin to imagine.
Hosted by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett
Want to participate? You’re invited to submit sound art, spoken word, field recordings, experimental compositions, interviews, noise, or other pre-recorded media. All works should relate to one of the monthly themes (see section below). You are welcome to submit musical compositions, but they must be experimental in nature (ie. music that is not traditionally played on the radio).
Sound works will be selected through a combination of invited and submitted projects. Artists may choose to submit pre-recorded sound works, but new work created specifically for the program will be given priority (see note below*).
Please submit an email including:
- An .mp3 or .wav file of your sound work. Files should be no longer than 10 minutes, (unless cleared in advance). New,* pre-existing, or archival works are welcome, regardless of the year of origin.
- The title of your piece and any information you wish to share about the concept.
- A two sentence bio.
- A promo image for social media/web promo purposes.
- An indications of the theme you are applying for.
*If you intend to create a new sound work specifically for a theme, email us ASAP. We can discuss details and hold space on the program for you.
For more information or to submit your work, email Caitlind & Wayne at EarsHaveEyes@cjsw.com
Selected works will air on CJSW 90.9 fm and http://www.cjsw.com. All episodes will be available in podcast form after the airing date. We will do our best to accomodate as many pieces as possible within our 60 minute time slot.
Kindly note that Ears Have Eyes is an artist-run initiative and is currently unfunded. In this spirit, we hope to create a situation where experimentation is nourished, and an underrepresented medium finds new audiences on the airwaves. Thank you for sharing your work 🙂
The deadline for sound artworks is the last Wednesday of each month, beginning in January 2022. Ears Have Eyes will air the second Wednesday of each month.
The following themes are prompts rather than firm guidelines. Tenuous and abstract relationships with the theme are welcome.
- Ears Have Eyes: spatial conjuring and ear-specific art for the radio
Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Airing: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm // Part of The Hibernation Project 2022
- Wild(er)ness: beyond human soundscapes
Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Airing: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm // Part of The Hibernation Project 2022
- The Time Between Us: duration & anticipation, chronological or nonlinear
Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Airing: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm // Part of The Hibernation Project 2022
- Journey: sound walks, travel, and traversing the land
Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Airing: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm
- Rising Water: over, around, and through
Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Airing: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm
More themes and dates TBA. Stay tuned!
Questions? Contact Caitlind & Wayne at EarsHaveEyes@cjsw.com
There are no previous episodes of Ears Have Eyes. However, this Sound Art radio program is based on two radio themes from 2021’s Hibernation Project, which you can listen to below.
VOYAGER RETURNS: alien signals, songs, and sounds, borne by radio to distant ears (Part 2)
March 31, 2021
Audrey Lane Cockett
Castle Souns (Patrick Whitten, Rebecca Reid, Rhys Masrani, Ryan Bourne)
DJ Kel & The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Jasmine Vickaryous & Jess Arcand
Kaunsel (Parker Thiessen)
OAS (Owen Strasky)
VOYAGER RETURNS: alien signals, songs, and sounds, borne by radio to distant ears (Part 1)
March 24, 2021
Laura Reid & Clinton St. John
Messages from the Stars (Rebecca Reid & Marie Sulkowski)
Sarah Houle & Shane Ghostkeeper
WKO (Whitney Ota)
SOUNDS FROM THE MYSTIC BEACH: escape winter daze on radio waves
February 10, 2021
The Research Council (Rebecca Reid & Ryan Bourne)
CJSW Radio broadcasts out of Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary, AB) at the University of Calgary campus radio station located on Treaty 7 land. CJSW would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. CJSW would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary.