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Carmen Braden

North Slave
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(867) 445-8607
4219 49a ave
4219 49a ave
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N1

Artist Story

The global orchestra of sound happens all around us all the time – it is really about whether you hear this as noise or music. Growing up in the North I have a deep appreciation for my immediate surroundings; something I feel I share with most other northerners. My compositions allow me to take this to another level by using the inspiration of natural sounds that may otherwise go unnoticed.

A big part of the work that I do as a musician and composer is field recordings of sounds in nature. One of my favorite things to record is the ice. By dropping a hydrophone though an augured hole, I can capture the slightest crack or shift under the ice. I’ve developed the idea that ice is an instrument that exists in nature; it is just a different listening space. Back in my studio, I manipulate these sounds – by adding music, other recording, or different sequences – so they are heard in a new way.

I frequently collaborate with other northern musicians to write, record and perform original works of art. I love to share all types of music with anyone who wants to lend their ears and listen.

Artist Bio: 

Carmen Braden currently lives and works in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories as a freelance musician. She regularly performs on piano and voice in local venues in classical and jazz settings, as well as singer-songwriter venues. She has received several grants from the NWT Arts Council to compose and hold workshops for youth. Her current interests are in the field of acoustic ecology. Carmen has been field recording in the area around Great Slave Lake, as well as around the world, specifically recording ice using hydrophones. Carmen also does freelance recording and audio engineering (for CBC), as well as teaching individual lessons, and sound design for plays and installations. Carmen has been singing in choirs for 15 years, and in her second year of co-conducting the Aurora Chorealis ensemble. Carmen was raised in Yellowknife. She attended Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific on Vancouver Island and received her International Baccalaureate. She graduated from Acadia University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in Composition under Dr. Derek Charke. She currently is writing works for electroacoustics, voice, and chamber ensembles. Please listen to recordings and original music on Carmen’s website

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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