Exploring the Secret of Rhythm and Sound
aike Dombrowsky (Ottawa Sound Healing Conference) is interviewing Johannes Welsch founder of the Dunrobin Sonic Gym (D.S.G.), a professional venue devoted to the exploration of sound in Ottawa’s suburbs. While the D.S.G. is an ideal space encompassing events of sound and rhythm ... many gatherings different in nature can benefit from its beauty. Situated on over 150 acres the venue offers everything a workshop, conference, seminar or performance could ask for. Simply contact them to explore how your event can benefit from being hosted at the D.S.G. Q: What is your vision behind the D.S.G. and what philosophy of sound are you implementing in this project? A: We built the D.S.G. following years of reflection on and devotion to the phenomenon of sound. Our vision is to provide a platform to everybody who shares the same passion: learning to master a musical instrument and taking its sound to a new level. At the same time we offer the facility to the community to host events different in nature. We believe that the Sonic Gym is a special venue in Ottawa to host your reception, seminar, or conference.
Q: Which events took place so far at the D.S.G. and who is scheduled for this year? A: We were blessed with the opportunity to host many amazing events since starting the Sonic Gym in 2008. The ones which stand out are Glen Velez and Lori Cotler’s concerts, the Symphonies Of Sound with Jeremy Sills, the groovy performance by Ottawa’s percussion ensemble “Kunundrum” and many others. On March 18 we have one of the planet’s most profound sound pioneers, Pauline Oliveros, conduct a “Deep Listening Intensive”. Q: Are there any local and international institutional affiliations with the D.S.G. ? A: The Sonic Gym invites schools, colleges and universities to visit for a field trip to explore one of the constituting forces in the universe: sound! The institution which has benefitted most from our mission is Ottawa’s Carleton University. Groups from this fine institution have come in to study the architecture of sound and the magic of musical improvisation. These events are certainly at the core of our mission. Q: Is the D.S.G. open to the public for workshops, performances and seminars and what would be the first step to host an event? A: The Sonic Gym features a specialized library, a conference area, a 2400 square foot auditorium, a recording studio and
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