In early 2022, we began hosting EARS HAVE EYES, a monthly sound art radio program on CJSW 90.9 fm campus & community radio station in Calgary/Mohkinstsis.
This program is a spinoff of our annual collaborative art intervention, The Hibernation Project, with thanks to the artist-participants and our colleagues at CJSW.
EARS HAVE EYES is an auditory exhibition space for sound art on the radio. Local, national, and international artists and musicians are welcome to submit their work, sharing spatial soundscapes, auditory aesthetics, spoken word, noise, poetry, experimental compositions, thematic interviews, and other recorded media on the radio waves across Treaty 7 Territory in Southern Alberta – and beyond.
Named for the intersensorial experience of navigating wild spaces at night (when our ears prick like eyes squinting into the darkness) EARS HAVE EYES asks: what can the invisibility of sound illuminate? How does the intimacy of listening open our eyes to ideas we might otherwise overlook? What can sonorous spaces hold that physical spaces cannot? How do we look with our ears, and listen with our eyes?
Hosted & Edited by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett
Ears Have Eyes airs the second Wednesday of each month.
You can tune in locally on CJSW 90.9 fm or listen worldwide on www.cjsw.com.
Archive of Episodes:
EARS HAVE EYES
Want to participate? Submit your sound art, spoken word, field recordings, experimental compositions, topical interviews, noise, or other pre-recorded media. Your work can be pre-existing, or created specifically for EARS HAVE EYES. All works should relate to one of the monthly themes (see below). Please note: you may submit music, but it must be experimental in nature (ie. music that is not traditionally played on the radio, or music requiring context to be heard completely).
Sound works will be selected through a combination of invited and submitted projects. Artists may choose to submit pre-recorded sound work, but new work created for the program will be given priority whenever possible.*
*If you intend to create new work specifically for a theme, email us ASAP and we will aim to hold space for your work on the program.
Submit the Following:
- 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 maximum 1 paragraph of information about the concept of the work
- A two sentence bio*
- Links to your website and instagram (if applicable)
- A promo image for social media/web promo purposes
- An indication of the theme you are applying for
*If your name or the title of your piece is difficult for English-speakers to pronounce correctly, please write it phonetically or include a short recording in your email. Thank 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 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, auditory art is appreciated, pre-existing works are given new ears, and an underrepresented medium finds its audiences on the airwaves. Thank you for sharing your work 🙂
The deadline to submit sound art is the last Wednesday of each month. Ears Have Eyes will air the second Wednesday of each month.
The following themes are prompts rather than firm guidelines. Abstract relationships with the theme are welcome.
IN THE CALM: open and spatial, gentle and fleeting
Submissions Deadline: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Airing: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm
STORMING: busy, noisy, dense, and maximal
Submissions Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Airing: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm
HAUNTING ME, HAUNTING YOU: ghostly, resonant, creepy, and echoing
Submissions Deadline: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Airing: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm
More themes and dates TBA. Stay tuned!
Questions? Contact Caitlind & Wayne at EarsHaveEyes@cjsw.com
EARS HAVE EYES evolved out of the earlier radio-based Hibernation Project themes, below.
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.