AMONG AM A concerns different modes of listening during a concert experience, and attempts to create an environment where musical and environmental listening are blurred: everyday sounds are musicalised, and musical gestures are made concrete. The work thus provides a means to re-examine the conditions that create distinctions between musical and non-musical acts, spaces, and sounds.

AMONG AM A also concerns the affective qualities of sound, especially as social functions in collective settings. Sounds of revelry are often acoustically similar to sounds of terror - addressing this ambiguity in the work is a means to address my own anxiety in crowds, and the experience of being one among many.

AMONG AM A was commissioned by Ensemble Paramirabo with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

James O'Callaghan CA

James O’Callaghan is a composer and sound artist based in Montréal. His music intersects acoustic and electroacoustic media, employing field recordings, amplified found objects, computer-assisted transcription of environmental sounds, and unique performance conditions.

He has received commissions from the Groupe de Recherches Musicales and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, among others. He has been awarded the Robert Fleming Prize (2015), first prizes of the Salvatore Martirano Award (2016), SOCAN Foundation (2013, 2014), JTTP (2013) and Musicworks’ electronic composition competition (2014), and nominations in the KLANG! Acousmonium competition (2015), for a JUNO award for classical composition of the year (2014), and for the Gaudeamus Award (2016).

He received a Master of Music degree from McGill University in 2014, studying with Philippe Leroux, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in 2011, studying with Barry Truax.

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James O'Callaghan