Interview with Darren Copeland, Sound Artist
The Audio Spotlight, a portable and tactile sound diffusion instrument
Interview from 25 November 2011 following the SOUNDPlay Festival’s “Fast-Forward” concert, in the Artscape Wychwood Barns’ Christie Studio. The Toronto stop on the CEC’s 25th Anniversary Tour was held over the final weekend of the 10th Annual SOUNDPlay Festival (Toronto, 25–27 November 2011), and was a collaboration between the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD).
Darren Copeland has been active as a sound artist based in Toronto, Canada since 1985. Copeland’s works focus on multichannel spatialization for live performance, fixed media composition, soundscape, radio art and sound installation. He has explored both abstract and referential sound materials in his fixed media compositions, and many of these works are published on the empreintes DIGITALes label. His radio art works engage in the associative qualities of environmental sounds in relation to spoken text and have been commissioned for public radio in Germany, the US, Canada and Austria. His sound installations include gallery and site-specific works which examine the relationship of sound and place. Darren Copeland is the Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA). NAISA’s programming is comprehensive and covers the entire spectrum of sound art from sound installations, to radio and concert presentations, and new emerging media. Throughout NAISA’s history, Copeland has continued to develop new spatialization performance practices.