An Alternate History of Canadian Electronic Music (1956 – 1981) Now available to listen online!

As a special part of our 20th edition festival this past October (2018), our Director crys cole commissioned an historical playlist of Canadian experimental music by American musician and music enthusiast Keith Fullerton Whitman. Whitman dedicated many months of research and digging to compile a thoughtful and exceptional 3-hour playlist featuring obscure and groundbreaking works that are highly overlooked and deserving of acclaim from the Canadian music archives!

The playlist was presented first as a listening lounge in partnership with Video Pool Media Arts Centre at their onsite gallery, Poolside, throughout October. To follow this it was presented as a three-part series in Oct/Nov in partnership with CKUW 95.9 FM, produced beautifully by Daniel Emberg, with the support of narrators hannah godfrey, Sarah Jo Kirsch, and Colin Smith. 

The final edited version of the playlist is now presented as a three-part series with the addition of audio that Daniel Emberg conducted with Keith Fullerton Whitman (US) while he was in Winnipeg to perform and speak at send + receive v20.

We’re thrilled to continue to make this wonderful collection of musical history available to listeners everywhere through our Mixcloud account. Most especially we want to offer a huge thank-you first to Keith Fullerton Whitman for his extraordinary work on this project, to Victoria King for instigating the collaboration, to Daniel Emberg for all of his enthusiasm and hard work, to Kelsey Braun & Video Pool Media Arts Centre for the partnership and support, to Rob Schmidt and Sam Doucet at CKUW and hannah godfrey, Sarah Jo Kirsch, and Colin Smith for donating their time and voices.

send + receive is indebted to the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Winnipeg Arts Council and Canadian Heritage as well as to all of our partners, sponsors and supporters.

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  1. Norman McLaren, “Rhythmetic” (1956, 7’49”)
  2. Norma Beecroft, “Two Went To Sleep” (1967, 2’54”)
  3. Wayne Carr, “Timbral Changes” (1968, 4’51””)
  4. Jim Brown, Wayne Carr “There Was So Much” (1968, 5’35”)
  5. Robert Bauer “Extensions II (Guitar)” (1975, 8’23”)
  6. Robert Daigneault “Guitar Collage” (1975, 7’24”)
  7. Marcelle Deschênes, “L’Amer • Tube” (1972-73, Score to the Jean-Pierre Boyer film, 11’24”)
  8. Marcelle Deschênes, “Extraits De MOLL, Opéra Lilliput Pour Six Roches Molles” (1976, 8’03”)
  9. Philippe Ménard, “Femme-en-Songe” (1981, 3’49”) 
  10. Alain Clavier, “Metadata” (1971, Score to the Peter Foldès film, 8’36”)
  11. Alain Clavier; “Ceci est un message enregistré” (1973, Score to the Jean-Thomas Bédard film, 10’16”)
  12. Gilles Tremblay, “Dimensions Soleils” (1970, Score to the film by Raymond Brousseau, 4’17”)
  13. Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, “Zones” (1972, 9’12”)
  14. Ted Dawson, “Concerto Grosso I (for Tape)” (1973, 13’30”)
  15. Ann Southam & sean o’huigin; “Sky-Sails (Part Two)” (1973, 15’12”)
  16. Lloyd Burritt “The Hollow Men” (1968, 2’00”)
  17. Roy Cooper, “Prelude to 1984” (1970, 7’00”)
  18. Michel Longtin,”La Mort Du Pierrot” (1972, 5’32”)
  19. Bengt Hambraeus, “Tides” (1974, 14’48”)
  20. Rudolf Komorous, “Part Of A Canon From Anatomy Of Melancholy “(1974, 5’06”)
  21. Victor Grauer, “Inferno” (1967, 6’28”)
  22. Robin MacKenzie, “A Sound Work To Accompany” (1972, 23’51”)

Full program details with text about each piece can be read in the PDF below:

An Alternate History-booklet