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Euphonia – PVDFest 2019

A sound installation by myself and partner Nichole Speciale (C&N Projects) for the annual summer festival of Providence, RI, PVDFest, selected from their call for art. Official description of the project in Festival signage:

Euphonia is an audio installation proposed for a secluded portion of Fulton Street which uses speakers and microphones embedded in a group of 3 colorful, stilted boxes of varying heights to create an aural portrait of visitors to downtown Providence. Visitors would be invited to speak into a microphone in the front of each sculpture for recording and processing by the audio equipment embedded inside the piece. Newly recorded sounds from each of the three sculptures would be prominently featured before slowly fading in volume until they reach the level of a mumble and join other contributions spoken into the installation before them. Through this process the sounds contributed by visitors would mingle to create an aural cloud of voices creating a forum in which participants interact with each other indirectly across the duration of the installation or together in playful experiment with the system. The resulting collection of sounds acts as an oral record of PVDFest 2019.”

The PureData patch controlling the interactive audio. Running on a Raspberry Pi controlled remotely.

Repeat After Me: Lunar Landing


6 varying height stretched canvases approximately 60” high and 12” wide occupying 216” of wall space with transducers and processed audio

Through custom software, audio recordings from the news broadcast of the first human lunar landing are analyzed for pitch content. The resulting spectral components are assigned to individual speakers which are indecipherable at close range but at a distance, sum together and become decipherable speech.

Machine Transcription: Soltec 4202a

One in a series of “transcriptions” of sound by machine listeners, this time an analog chart recorder: the Soltec 4202a. A super slowed recording of Yasunao Tone’s “Solo for Wounded CD” was fed directly into the chart recorder and the output was allowed to pour out of the front of the machine onto the floor, slowly drawing the immense scribble that is a few seconds of audio.