Speakers

Robin Heisey

Robin Heisey is a Canadian educator, musician, advertising creative director and self-confessed dilettante, based in Toronto. A graduate of OCAD, UofT, and Steinbeis University Berlin, Robin has been a devotee of electronic music and synthesizers, from his first Moog in 1972, to a constantly-evolving Eurorack system today.

Robin is currently a Professor at the Humber College School Of Media Studies & Information Technology, and serves on the boards of the Canadian Marketing Association, TheatreFront, and on the Print & Drawing Curatorial Committee of the Art Gallery Of Ontario.

Steve Castellano

Steve is a writer and musician currently living in Toronto. He took up classical piano at the age of 8 and acquired his first analogue synthesizer when he was 14. At he 17 moved to Toronto where he studied composition under James Tenney and electronic music under Phil Werren at York University. He currently performs and records on a 520 hp Eurorack modular system augmented with an Elektron Octatrack and Moog Sub 37. You can listen to his music at stevecastellano.bandcamp.com.

Jacob Watters

Jacob is a synthesizer enthusiast and electronic musician. His interest in synthesizers has led him to learn electronics and create his own synths and modules. As the the Synth & DJ Product Specialist at Roland Canada, Jacob travels across the country to share his passion for synthesizers and electronic music.

Heidi Chan

As a former film sound editor and performer of various traditional instruments, she has long been interested in how recorded and remembered sounds can be recontextualized and perceived in novel ways through sampling technology. Her recent immersion into modular systems has offered her new tools for hearing, shaping, fragmenting, and redefining her relationship with various sonic artifacts.

David Sutherland

In 1973 David Sutherland touched his first modular synthesiser. It was a Synthi AKS. In 1960, he saw his first oscilloscope in a Northern Electric Laboratory. In 1967, his mind was expanded by the multi-media sights and sounds of Expo 67. In 1971, he sat right behind Karlheinz Stockhausen who was mixing a quadraphonic performance of live electronic music.  David was a member of Metamusic, an ensemble that pioneered live improvised electronic music in Montreal.  David completed the graduate course in electronic music at McGill University which provided the opportunity to work with original devices designed by Hugh LeCain plus Moog and Arp synthesisers.  He also taught the undergraduate course for non-composers for a year. He worked as a recording engineer and composer in Montreal and Toronto in the mid to late 1970’s. In the 1980 he began a 30 year career in working with computers, retiring from the University of Toronto in 2012.  Current interests include sound synthesis/design, music and multi-media as a vehicle of transcendence, the experimental pop song tradition, education and meditation.  David’s aesthetic preferences range from minimalism to punk without very much in between.

Craig Renaud

Modular Synthesist and noise musician performing as Bit Reduction – Chaotic floor grinding, expelling extreme harmonic content at impulsary time. An ambient noise wash.  The worst parts of digital and analogue electronics, performed adhoc.

The Canadian Electronic Ensemble

Founded in 1971, The Canadian Electronic Ensemble is the oldest continuous live-electronic group in the world.

Today we take synthesizers for granted. But when the CEE was founded, electronic music could only be heard on tape. The CEE developed a new medium: live electronic music. The synthesizers of the time were enormous and not meant for live performance. Often, the members of the CEE had to design and build their own instruments.

Forty-five years later, the CEE is still going strong. Now using mostly laptop computers the CEE often pushes new technology to the limit. With various software based synthesizers the CEE is able to deploy all of today’s and yesterday’s most advanced synthesis techniques – often concurrently. Standard instruments are also used, but keeping with the ensembles penchant for anything electronic they are usually not heard without some kind of processing.

The CEE first toured Canada in 1975. Their first European tour was in 1979. In the years since, the group has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and has appeared with the Toronto Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.

Today, the CEE continues its tradition of performing live improvised electronic music and performs several times a year mostly around the Toronto area.