All posts by Rachel Elliott

About Rachel Elliott

PhDc, Philosophy, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Affiliate of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation: www.improvisationinstitute.ca

Episode #63: Telematics

Many of us have attempted to maintain relationships with loved ones across distance using technologies such as the telephone or video chat; we are able to experience a sense of their presence even though they may be thousands of kilometres away. Jason Robinson and others, such as Doug Van Nort and Sara Weaver, make use of this way of being together while apart to make a special kind of music, variously named telematics, distributed performance, networked performance, multi-site performance etc. One particular feature of this mode of connection (and, it turns out, of all of the ways we connect, even ‘in person’) is latency, the experience of delay created by the distance a signal must travel before it is returned to us. Finding out how latency is explored in telematic music gives us fresh and surprising insights into the nature of human perception and what it really means to be present.

This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM in Guelph on July 18th, 2017 at 5pm. Sound It Out generally aires new episodes on a fortnightly basis, all of which can be listened to extemporaneously by subscribing to our podcast or visiting our wordpress or soundcloud page. It is produced by Rachel Elliott in conjunction with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

Episode #62 – Pedagogy and Improvisation: Sara Villa, Susan Elliott, Stephanie Khoury

Sara Villa gives a moving and insightful account of her use of deep listening as a pedagogy of poetry for college students, Susan Elliott explains improvisation as a facet of the inquiry approach to high school teaching, and Stephanie Khoury revitalizes music education at the university level with her approachable and engaging interactive improvisation software. You never knew teaching and learning could be so exciting!

This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3 FM in Guelph, Ontario on June 20, 2017 at 5pm.

Episode #61 – Slowingdown Perception with Richelle Forsey and Rachel Elliott


Take in hand this bouquet of strings and let yourself be lead by this cluster of sonic helium balloons. But don’t let your feet leave the ground; today’s exquisitely lengthy musical meandering are interspersed with thought provoking reflections about the the pace of perception and sense-making by Richelle Forsey and Rachel Elliott. Listen and be lulled into serine contemplation!

This episode of Sound It Out originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM in Guelph Ontario on Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 5pm EST. It is produced in collaboration with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

Episode #60: David Lee – Improvisation in Toronto 1960 – 1985

Why do so many young people uproot themselves and move to the city, searching for culture? What is it that they are looking for? How does their search shape what they find? These are some of the questions that frame this discussion with improviser and scholar, David Lee. David Lee was part of a community of improvising musicians located in Toronto Ontario during the 70s and 80s; he is now completing a dissertation which takes up that history through the critical lens that academic rigour demands. Enjoy this fascinating chat about the places of renewal in creative communities.

This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on May 23, 2017 at 5pm.

Episode #59: Improvising Hospitality with Francesco Paradiso

Have you every had someone over to your house, as a guest? Did you spend much time thinking about the ethics of the situation? Of hospitality? In his later work, founding deconstructionist Jacques Derrida turned toward the concept of hospitality as a way to face questions about our ability to engage ethically with alterity, or otherness. In combination with the work of Emmanuel Levinas about our primordial responsibility towards others when confronted with, in particular, their face, Francesco Paradiso brings Derrida’s ideas about hospitality to bear on group improvisation in this talk that cumulates a week’s worth of research as our guest at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, here at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Francesco Paradiso is a Research Assistant at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. He completed his PhD in 2014 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM in Guelph Ontario on May 2, 2017 at 5pm. Sound It Out is produced, hosted, and edited by Rachel Elliott.

Episode #58: Musique Actuelle (matériel archivé)

Dans ce documentaire 2010, écoutez Meghan Dzyak et Hélène Laurin interviewer les participants du mouvement musique actuelle à Montréal, Québec. Découvrez le développement d’Ambiances Megnetiques à travers ses origines dans L’ensemble de Musique improvisée de Montréal et L’association pour la diffusion de la musique ouverte. Ces entretiens avec Jean Derome, Joane Hétu, Danielle Palardy Roger entre autres éclairent les activités créatives qui sous-tendent la cohésion sociale récemment thematizé dans les rapports sur la tempête de neige de la semaine dernière.

Cet épisode a été diffusé le 28 mars 2017 sur CFRU 93.3FM à Guelph Ontario à 17h.

Episode #57 -Being There for the Duration: Sarah Kitz, David Dacks, and Nick Fraser

The philosopher Alfred Schütz points to a ‘mutual tuning-in relationship’ at the foundation of all possible communication. In this episode of Sound It Out we ask you to consider this theme in an audio journey through the Somewhere There creative music festival in Toronto. Explore how relationships of collaborative co-creation occur not only between performers on stage, but also between performers and their audience, as well between musicians considered from a larger angle: what does it take on an arts managerial level to entrench the relationships of inclusivity, exchange, and relationship forged on stage? That is, how do you make these musical relationships last and feed the other points of contact and engagement? Hear discussions with theatre creator Sarah Kitz, drummer and composer Nick Fraser, and a talk by veteran music advocate David Dacks.

This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM in Guelph, Ontario on Tuesday February 28th at 5pm.

Episode #56: Kid Koala, Master of Scratch (and stories!), in conversation with Mark V Campbell

You might think that music on a vinyl record is pretty much ‘set in stone,’ that at last we have hit upon a form of music to which improvisation is simply irrelevant. Well it turns out not. Kid Koala is a limitlessly creative scratch DJ from Montréal QC, currently touring his new album Music to Draw To. This episode is a conversation between Kid Koala and Dr. Mark V Campbell, himself a DJ and scholar on DJ culture, from September 2016. They talk about Kid Koala’s origins in classical piano, learning to scratch by sneaking in to his sister’s bedroom, the impossible saga of his first DJ battle, why he learned the blues scale, playing in the band Bullfrog (1994-2004), as well as why he is required to perform in a Koala Bear costume (it’s not by choice). 

This episode originally aired on http://tunein.com/embed/player/s24834/” target=”_blank”>CFRU 93.3FM, Guelph’s campus and community radio station, at 5pm on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Episode #55: Ghanaian Producers as Improvising Composers: Appietus & DJ Breezy

Lyricists and vocalists and often considered to be the ‘real artists’ in contrast with the activities of the producers they work with. In an article published in the journal Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisationLeila Adu-Gilmore challenges this conception of the producer, arguing that their process amounts to music creation in the form of improvised composition. Today hear an intimate reading performed by me of Adu-Gilmore’s paper entitled “Studio Improv as Compositional Process Through Case Studies of Ghanaian Hiplife and Afrobeats.” The reading of the paper is intellectually stimulating, and the examples of the music discussed in it, by Appietus and DJ Breezy respectively, kinetically irresistible: I dare you not to dance!

This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM, Guelph’s campus and community radio station on Tuesday January 17th, 2016, at 5pm.

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Episode #54- Pauline Oliveros (1932 – 2016)

Pauline Oliveros was a paragon of improvisation on many levels, embodying the virtues of reciprocity, openness, justice, and perhaps most of all, listening. Hear music and commentary about sonic meditation, deep listening, lesbian musicality, and Adaptive Use Musical Instruments as we commemorate the passing of this foundational figure in experimental music and affiliate if the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. Discussion with Ellen Waterman, reflections and poetry by Laura Broadbent.

This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM, Guelph’s college and community radio station on December 20th, 2016 at 5pm.