I’m participating in a panel discussion on unusual sound sources at Southern Sonic today. The panel is moderated by Dan Sharp and includes Andrew Raffo Dewar, Tim Feeney, Taylor Lee Shepherd and Rick Snow.
Saturday 5/12 2pm
Sonifying the Unlikely as a Practice in Contemporary Music and Sound Art Southern Sonic
Contemporary Arts Center
New Orleans LA
These days I’ve been helping sound artist Micah Silver with his upcoming installation, The End of Safari, at MassMoCA. It’s part of an exhibit called These Days that opens on Saturday 4/4.
Micah asked me to build a way to aim a Holosonics Audio Spotlight speaker on a pan/tilt head using MIDI messages. I worked with a MidiTron he already owned, a handful of relays and the usual baling wire, duct tape and chewing gum. The setup provides an uncanny sense of localization–much more ghostly than panning a sound around an array of speakers.
Here’s a shot of the altogether messy electronics.
Just heard through the webvine that sound artist Max Neuhaus has died. Neuhaus was a pioneer of sound installation work and will definitely be missed.
I remember being pleased to hear that his quasi-official Times Square installation had finally been granted permanent status. It’s invisible, sometimes inaudible, but still the best reason to visit Times Square.
Selected volumes of the sound-art cassette series Tellus are now available on UBUweb. About 10 years ago I helped transfer some of the Tellus master tapes onto CDs for the Harvestworks archive. There are some true gems in the Tellus series. It’s great to have them more widely available.