Monday, June 11, 2007
IMAGINE A SONIC TSUNAMI!
Saturday, June 16, from 3:30 to 4pm
along Saint-Laurent between Sherbrooke and Mount-Royal
WHAT IS HUMMM?
HMMM is a spectacular audio event that takes place on Saturday, June 16 from 3:30 to 4 pm along St-Laurent Boulevard from Sherbrooke to Mont-Royal. It is intended to unite Montrealers through vocal expression and to beautify this already magical street.
We definitely do not intend to create a disturbance, but rather to heighten all citizens' awareness of their sonic environment.
Because of the soothing effect of HMMM, you will be able to hear your surroundings even better than before. It is an opportunity to avoid words for a short while, and to swim in a sea of vocal sound with your friends and neighbours, through humming.
HOW CAN YOU BE A PART OF IT?
On Saturday, June 16, from 3:30-4pm, CKUT (Radio McGill) 90.3 FM will be broadcasting the humming soundtrack. There are over 50 volunteers that will be carrying radios with the sound, and subtly asking citizens to hum along.
You can help spread the HMMM by tuning any available radios to the same station. And of course you will want to hum along! Any note is fine, any melody is okay - as long as you raise your voice!
WHERE DOES HMMM COME FROM?
The idea comes from the discipline of acoustic ecology, the study of our sonic environment. For more information about this important research, go to the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology.
KATHY KENNEDY is a Montreal-based sound artist who teaches sound art at Concordia University, and has also been a vocal instructor for over 20 years. She is the artistic director of the innovative women's choir Choeur Maha. Her large-scale choral pieces have been performed on the esplanade of Place des Arts in 1992 as part of le Festival International de la Voix, and for the inauguration of the Vancouver New Public Library in 1995.
HMMM has been performed in Vancouver, Toronto, Kingston, Kitchener and in Lima, Peru.
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