British Columbia

Ducks in Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park swarm you even if you have no food. A group of remote controlled toy car enthusiasts play near Beacon Hill Park, Victoria. I heard a concert by Rosemary Laing on the Netherlands Centennial Carillon in Victoria, CB. Text below is from the information panel in front of the Carillon. […]


In the subways of Montreal there are many marvelous and horrible sounds. The trains have rubber wheels, and from my memory of the Toronto subways which have metal wheels, these are much quieter. They do squeak and squeal now and then, but there is not the banshee scream of the Torontonian subway. The majority of […]

Cape Breton Ceilidh


Before arriving in Newfoundland, we stopped in North Sydney, Cape Breton for a ceilidh (kay-lee). Somewhere between 6 – 10 fiddlers playing, an accordion, a harmonica, a couple guitars, and an upright piano. After giving up trying to think about the music, I sat down with the pianist and just listened, then it was easy […]

Ice Videos

Video clips of my ice-obsession…. The 2014 breakup is still going on (as of June 19…), and I have documented several phases of the melt, with a big focus of my research going to wards my Candle Ice composition that will be played by the fantastic Gryphon Trio at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival on […]

Carmen Crouching

Prince Edward Island

Staying in Malpeque, we spent much of the days on the beach. The water was very warm and clear. Fishing boats often passed by heading for the harbour at Malpeque; they would be quite closer, approx. 700 meters offshore. We buried the hydrophone in the sand in several feet of water. People’s feet on the […]