Brendon Ehinger – 2021 Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency

Multi-instrumentalist and sound artist Brendon Ehinger will be spending a week at the Deep Bay cabin as part of the Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency. His work explores themes of recontextualizing harmony, tone, texture, and the subtle nuances that exist below the sounds we hear every day.

“As an emerging artist, the idea of being able to combine two passions, nature and art, in this unique setting was my primary motivation to participate in the residency,” said Brendon.

After decades of playing in underground punk and progressive rock bands, Brendon began to explore experimental electro-acoustic music and sound art.

In 2017, he began using the modular synthesizer, transforming the way in which he creates his sound artworks.

“My art practice is largely informed by found or collected sounds, particularly environmental and nature sounds,” Brendon said. “For my residency at Riding Mountain National Park, I will be capturing environmental sounds from different locations around the park using high-definition microphones and digital recorders to capture naturally occurring sounds and processing them through my portable modular synthesizer. I will in essence be collaborating with the land, the natural soundscape, creating immediate, responsive sound collages that explore relationships between technology and the natural environment.”

Brendon has performed solo and collaboratively in alternative spaces, galleries and venues in Canada and Europe. He is also founder of the Prairie Wires Festival of Electronic Sound in Brandon, Manitoba.

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency is offered in partnership by the Manitoba Arts Council and Riding Mountain National Park. The residency takes place in the Deep Bay cabin, a recognized federal heritage building originally used as a base for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s floatplane forest fire patrols.

Since its restoration in 2006, the cabin has welcomed over 100 artists in dance, music, theatre, literary, visual and media arts, who create and share their work with audiences in the park and surrounding area.

Interested in the staying in the Deep Bay cabin? Find out how to apply to the Riding Mountain Artists Residency through the Manitoba Arts Council’s Learn – Residencies program. Apply by November 1, 2021 for a residency in the summer of 2022.