noises

Publication as part of a children's sound-art workshop at the Toronto Public Library
Scarborough Civic Centre Library, Autumn 2017

34 pages
12 x 21 cm
Limited first edition (100 copies)
Staple bound / two colour risograph
Price: pwyc donation to Toronto Public Library Foundation + shipping

Published as part of a children’s sound-art workshop at the Toronto Public Library, noises aims to tease out imaginary sounds in the ears of the reader. The book comprises a series of mix media images by Sydney, Olivia, Matthew, Sara, Hasani, Zayed, Lawrence, Josh, Aldrin, Fronda, Layaan, and Abagail, each based on sound recordings the children collected around the library, and created through group experiments in “drawing sound”. Through a weekly after-school workshop the children learned about various experimental music practices and techniques together, exploring a sensorial practice somewhere between seeing and hearing. They learned about field recording and noise music, how to build contact microphones and cardboard loudspeakers, and explored ways of visually representing sounds on paper to create graphic scores and mark making in relation to listening. What resulted was a kind of visual score representing found and imaginary sounds the children created in the library. 

Rustling paper, a howling wind, running water, quiet voices. Between a line and an ear, each page marks a territory of noise— a colouring book of impossible sounds. Feel free to add to it— a little colour or something otherwise. 

Special thanks to Claire Harvie, Ellen Furey, Jeremy McCormick, Adam Kinner, Ame Henderson, Raymond Bai, Diana Olford, Susanna Fernando, Erika Hennebury, Beth Helmers, and Thomas Gill. Produced with the support of the Toronto Arts Council. 

Printed by Vide Press