I've been attending the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium 2013, a co-presentation of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) and the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), held in parallel with the 15th edition of Sound Travels, NAISA’s annual Festival of Sound Art. The symposium runs until Saturday.
It's been wonderful so far. Francis Dhomont, le grand maître of acousmatic music, gave a fascinating keynote yesterday. He spoke in a very humanist way about artistic creation, the primacy of a conceptual approach to his practice, and the importance for him of poetics and emotion. Electroacoustic music is typically a pretty technical endeavour, but Dhomont simply set that aspect aside, focussing instead on three approaches to electroacoustic composition - figurative, abstract, and plastic.