is a Canadian media producer, writer and composer whose work explores the convergence of video and music in digital media.
Doug Pringle's impressive accomplishments in his career as a creative producer span the last 3 decades, and his body of work includes productions of video, multimedia installations, digital media, music, and live performance.
When his production company, PeakMedia, was recently commissioned to produce a monumental 96-screen ambient video attraction, it was the latest highlight in Doug Pringle's career as a creative producer.
3-story video installation is featured on
the Media Tree - designed by Reich+Petch
Architects at the heart of Canada's Casino
Niagara - and combines adrenaline pumping
energy with PeakMedia's signature high end
|PeakMedia was established by Doug Pringle and Michaele Jordana Berman to develop unique projects like this one, where they exercise their creative talents to the fullest - Doug's skills as a producer, musician and writer and Jordana's extensive visual talents and conceptual abilities. Over twenty-five years, the team has produced award winning recordings, television, theatrical productions and multimedia work, with each project revealing their unique creative fingerprint.|
established his credentials in video production
in the 1980's as a series producer for the Global
Television Network, directing in Canada, the U.S
and Europe, eventually becoming head writer.
With the support of Global, Doug directed Face to Face and Moving with the Light, for his own company Peak Productions. These television specials are sensitive documentaries that trace artist Michaele Jordana's breakthrough creative involvement with developmentally disabled teenagers. Face to Face, the story of a handicapped teenager who works up the courage to speak out, received a World Silver Medal at the New York International Festival of Film and Television for Peak Productions.
Doug scripted and directed The Making of The Phantom of the Opera for Cineplex Odeon, hosted by Colm Wilkinson. Screened daily in Toronto's Pantages Theatre for over a million visitors, the production won an ITVA award.
Doug spent the next decade as a creative director in corporate communications, developing and producing creative concepts which integrated his writing skills with video, multimedia and live events.
He pioneered the use of digital video in interactive learning environments for the Ontario Investment Service, and Parks Canada, for whom he transformed Alexander Graham Bell's photographs and film into an interactive educational experience installed at the Bell National Historic Site in Cape Breton.
The visual world attracted him strongly, but
Doug's formative creative experiences were in
the world of music.
With his electronic synthesizer
and saxophones, Doug was a Canadian pioneer
of techno music, co-founding the electro pop
group Syrinx in 1970, and the New Wave
band The Poles in 1977.
Syrinx's signature theme Tillicum, composed for a TV series, became a chart topping single.
was contemporary classical with a primal pulse
driving processed saxophones, sequencers, and
By 1973, Syrinx had
disbanded and Doug himself began composing scores
for films with the Moog synthesizer. Doug's immmersion
in the new technology sparked his interest in
the sound communications of whales. After intensive
research, he produced and hosted The Dolphin’s
Smile, a 2 hour CBC radio documentary in which
he interviews researcher Dr. John Lilly about
the advanced acoustical language of whales.
Inspired by Lilly's premise that whales are intelligent and sentient beings, and by his work with inter-species communication, Doug travelled with his partner, painter Michaele Berman, to Johnstone Strait in British Columbia, where they would live in close contact with Orca whales in the wild.
||Returning to Toronto
in 1976, Doug was commissioned by A Space Gallery
to write and perform his electronic pop opera
Brine, based on his experiences with
Brine:An Opera of Survival is a sci-fi tale in which the earth is consumed by fire and flood, and humans are driven to make their last stand on the edge of the Arctic ice floes, before descending into life-support capsules underwater, where they wait a state of suspended animation for the planet to heal.
At the same time, Doug was commissioned by
leading Canadian artist Joyce Wieland to compose
the score for her feature film, The Far
Shore. Based on the life of Canadian painter
Tom Thomson, in the period of World War I, the
star-crossed romance is set against the background
of cultures in conflict.
this time, as Doug continued to experiment
with whale sounds, he and Jordana traveled
to Pond Inlet on Baffin Island in the high
Arctic to record the underwater songs of whales.
|Performing to the
driving rhythm of Pringle's score for The
Rites of Nuliajuk eventually inspired the
shy painter to begin singing. The pair added
drums, bass and guitar for performances at CEAC
Gallery and the Music Gallery in Toronto, and
decided to call the resulting 5-piece group
The Poles, after their primal Arctic
Merging his thick synthesized growl with the crunch of guitars playing through Marshall stacks, Doug sculpted the sound of The Poles into a unique hybrid, powerful and delicate by turns, supporting Jordana's supple voice.
Soon, The Poles were performing at venues around Toronto, including Crash ‘n’ Burn & the El Mocambo, ushering in the brand new sound of punk and new wave.
With the release of their
popular single, CN Tower, produced
by Jimmy Frank and Keith Elshaw at Soundstage
Studios in Canada, The Poles were invited to
perform at CBGB's and Max's
in N.Y. with acts like Devo, the Ramones &
In Paris, Libération called their music "urgent rock and roll, hypnotic like Kraftwerk", and in New York City, the Velvet Underground's John Cale produced and recorded their music. Variety called Jordana "a choice lead singer, placing the Poles above other New Wave punk outfits."
The band returned to Toronto to record Michaele Jordana's Romance at the Roxy album which was produced by Doug and Jim Frank at Nimbus 9's studio.
The Montreal Star proclaimed Michaele Jordana "a chanteuse of star magnitude." The blend of punk and electronica styles on the album, soon to be reissued, created a fresh unique sound in contemporary music.
Doug and Michaele married, and had a daughter, Ramona. When Doug began a new career as a television producer, he kept the music alive by scoring films for television. Both Face to Face and Moving With the Light feature his electronic scores and original songs written and performed with Jordana.
1988, The Power Plant Art Gallery in Toronto
commissioned Jordana to create Storming
Heaven, a performance work for the Quay
Works series of innovative international performance
artists at the Harbourfront Theatre. The multimedia
performance explores man's desire to conquer
a planet that does not belong to him alone,
and later toured to the United States.
|Doug and Michaele composed the full score of songs and instrumental sequences, and Jordana designed the dynamic staging, which features multiscreen projections, sculptural pieces and laser lighting effects. The songs and arrangements are a sriking departure from the rock music of The Poles, with echoes of the music of Kurt Weill, and Michaele's voice the instrument of a chanteuse.|
Today, Doug continues to collaborate
with artists, musicians and architects through
PeakMedia, always looking to create
powerful aesthetic experiences that transcend
the boundaries of traditional media.