International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland

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Encounter

HearSay is about a village coming together to celebrate creative audio at every turn. During HearSay, explore the village and Encounter #audioeverywhere.

ReInvasive Specials 

Rest for a while in a Kilfinane Garden. Over time the birds get used to your prescence, alarm calls changing to song. The sounds of the local environment are familiar, relaxing. But there are other sounds here .....  

 

Based on recordings from the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, this long-duration composition introduces alien audio elements through surround sound with the local sound-environment. Giving rise to contemplation of topics such as immigration, invasion, confusion and interconnectivity, the listener directs their own experience of what they are hearing.

 

Slavek Kwi (Czech Republic)  

A sound-artist, composer and researcher interested in the phenomena of perception as the fundamental determinant of relations with reality.

"Peptalk" (the HearSay Audio Toilet)

Diarmuid McIntyre (Ireland)

Multi-Award winning founder of Kilfinane-based Grey Heron Media & HearSay Festival Director

Mary McDonnell (Ireland)

A radio and television producer with Grey Heron Media

Energy Flagging? It's raining. Take a moment to yourself in the HearSay Audio Toilet. Take your place on the bench. Now get out there!

 

Taking #AudioEverywhere to the max.

 

Finally a festival toilet with a reason to stay in rather than rush out!

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Dr Kate McAney  (Ireland)

Kate McAney is Head of Conservation Development in Ireland for Vincent Wildlife Trust. A major focus of her work is following the fortunes of the Lesser Horseshoe bats up and down the West coast of Ireland.

As dusk falls, Bats dip and dive amongst the trees, old buildings and streams of Kilfinane.

 

Bats live in a world so different to our own because they use ultrasound to guide their incredible flight patterns at frequencies higher than our human capacity to hear.

 

Head out around Kilfinane equipped with Bat Detectors that translate, to a frequency we CAN hear, the sounds and patterns the bats use to navigate and hunt.

Bring your walking boots and your ears, as we explore a dramatic range of natural sound environments from cascading waterfalls, to ‘dead’ spaces in tree tunnels, and reveal a stunning ancient sonic secret at the heart of a monument three thousand years old.

 

A Walk With Your Ears Wide Open

 

Diarmuid McIntyre (Ireland)

Multi-Award winning founder of Kilfinane-based Grey Heron Media & HearSay Festival Director

John De Lore (USA)

The Senior Production Manager at Stitcher

Brendan Francis Newman (USA)

A writer and radio host best known as the co-host of The Dinner Party Download with Rico Gagliano

Echoes in the night - A night walk with Bats

HearSay Haiku

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Gabriel Rosenstock is one of Kilfinane’s most famous native sons. He's a poet. He writes in Irish. He's written and translated over 180 books. And he’s obsessed with haikus. HearSay attendees will taking Gabriel's work as a leaping off point to create an original set of Haiku's in an unmistakably HearSay way.

 

 

 

Wes Swing & Kelley Libby (USA)

Wes Swing is cellist, singer, and composer who makes collaborative compositions with communities. Kelley Libby is an audio documentary maker who works with communities to tell stories.

Coils in the Corridor (Jam)

A Live Lunchtime Interactive Performance in the main corridor of Scoil Pol Secondary School.

 

Kelley Libby is the creator and producer of the public radio series UnMonumental and the producer and host of With Good Reason's podcast series American Dissent. Her work has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Re:sound, and BackStory.

Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, multi-instrumentalist, and writer from Virginia. In live performance, Wes loops his cello and violin, combining layered strings with songwriting. His musical journey began as a four-year-old violinist, developing an early appreciation for classical music, and finding his true musical love in the cello while at university.

There's a car parked in The Square in Kilfinane.

Its unlocked.  

 

If someone in there already, join them - it's community.

 

If there is no-one, get in - it's sanctuary.

 

Close the door.  

Turn on the Radio . . . Breathe

 

 

Rear Mirror

Acoustic Autographs

Grace Digney (Ireland)

Artist working with paint, batik, sculpture, print and 'Visible Sound' using an 'Eidophone'.

A HearSay favourite returns.

 

Step into Hennessy's Butchers at the crossroads in Kilfinane and Discover the art in your voice. You can talk, you can sing and using sand and the force of vibration, capture your own acoustic autograph.

 

Push open the door of the meeting room in the Ballyhoura Apple  Farm and discover the art in your voice.

 

 

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Wes Swing & Kelley Libby (USA)

Wes Swing is cellist, singer, and composer who makes collaborative compositions with communities. Kelley Libby is an audio documentary maker who works with communities to tell stories.

Street Loops, Layer & Listen (Jam)

Add your sounds and voices to the layers and loops in this live outdoor community Loop-Loop-Listen Jam.

 

Kelley Libby is the creator and producer of the public radio series UnMonumental and the producer and host of With Good Reason's podcast series American Dissent.

Wes Swing is a singer, cellist, multi-instrumentalist, and writer from Virginia. In live performance, Wes loops his cello and violin, combining layered strings with songwriting.

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FESTIVAL PASSES

You MUST have a festival pass to attend most events in the Think, Deepen, Converse and Celebrate Strands & many events in the Encounter & Experience Strands. Collect your pass at the Welcome Desk from September 28th.

 

To be eligible for a festival pass, you must either

     have received and RSVPed to a festival invitation  

            OR

     be a resident (with 5 miles) of the village of Kilfinane 

 

Expressions of Interest in receiving an Invitation closed June 22nd 2017. Invitations were issued to people from 30 countries. Festival Passes for those coming from outside Kilfinane are now COMPLETELY BOOKED OUT.

If you are lucky enough to get to come to #HearSay17 - GIVE WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD FOR YOUR FESTIVAL PASS

 

 

DON'T HAVE A FESTIVAL PASS? 

If you've just heard abouth HearSay17, don't despair! Many Events in the Encounter & Experience Strands are marked OPEN TO ALL. For these NO PASS IS NEEDED. More events will be marked "OPEN TO ALL" (including from other strands) in the week of #HearSay17. See you in Kilfinane!

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Danny McCarthy (Ireland)

An artist working primarily in sound and performance.

Ghost Anvil

Cristal Duhaime (Canada)

The co-creator of CBC’s Love Me

Mira Burt-Wintonick (Canada) 

Jonathan Goldstein (Canada)

Drive Straight Ahead

Step into the HearSay Car by the fountain.

 

Carefully put your Seatbelt on.

 

Place your hands upon the wheel.

 

No need to ask directions.

 

There’s A Sat Nav that knows where you have been as well as where you're going

Danny McCarthy Field Recording

Short blast of the anvil been struck.

Did I really hear that?

 

The sound of the anvil once the most prominent sound in every town and village in Ireland has long since disappeared. Danny willl re introduce it back into the town from two or three locations. Many of the older generation in the town will recall this sound quiet well and thus develop a conversation about the sounds that have and are disappearing from our communities.

Antje Vowinckel (Germany)

A Berlin based radio and sound artist often working with the musicality of spoken word.

Automatic speaking

The Carpentry Confessional

A tiny love letter, from one audio creative to another.

 

The concept is simple – Jess asked producers from all over the world to write a one sentence letter to a fellow audio creative. Each letter will be placed inside an individual matchbox and these will be left around Kilfinane for HearSayers to discover. Think of it as a tiny fortune cookie easter egg, full of audio wisdom.

 

Are you stuck in a creative rut? Or in the depths of burnout? Or buried in mountains of tape and not sure what to do next.? Or experiencing the pangs of imposter syndrome.? The line you will find in each matchbox should spark creativity in its reader and urge them onwards.

A path in the Kilifinane landscape will be the subject of an automatic speaking tour. After a little workshop some participants (up to 5) will be asked to walk the path one after the other recording themselves (20 minutes). They will speak without interruption, reacting on ther surrounding, and try to create a short cirquit of perception and speaking. Repetion and movement are the main tools in this poetic machinery. The automatic streams will come together and together with field recordings they will build a spoken landscape.

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Stepháne Marin-Espaces Sonores (France) 

Sound artist, phoNographist, listening facilitator.

During this augmented soundwalk, Stéphane Marin accompanies the audience and subtly suggests different ways of listening. Whether it involves close and intimate contact with the sound-

producing object, or listening to the natural resonances of a place, he weaves together, little by little, step by step, an audio web shared with the listeners. From this unique collective

experience, a sonic landscape comes into being where previously we heard only noises...

The Unheard Walks

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Jess Bineth (Australia)

The co-founder of Audiocraft–an Australian organisation for podcasters and radiomakers.

Message in a Matchbox

Damien Fitzpatrick (USA)

A designer and builder. He has worked on yachts, managed a wine bar, and was briefly an insurance broker. He is currently building off-grid cabins and a Tibetan Buddhist temple in the Ozarks. He married into the audio world.

Let go of something you've been carrying at the carpentry confessional: secrets, skeletons, whatever's been weighing you down. Confess while you listen to the soothing sounds of a carpenter at work. At the end of the festival, The Carpenter will present to Kilfinane what he's built behind the curtain with all those confessions.

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Eugene Boyle (Ireland)

Architect working with dialogue and narrative spaces, focusing a lens on community, place making and identity.

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FESTIVAL PASSES

 

HearSay "Immerse passes" give all access to all events on all days.

Both "Give what you can afford" and "Fixed charge" passes were sold out three months before the festival this year. A "Discover" Pass was available to local people within 10 kilometres of Kilfinane (without charge) from the Welcome desk at the Ballyhoura Apple Farm.

 

 

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