Diverse Ecologies I am delighted to be guest-editing the next issue of Soundscape; The Journal of Acoustic Ecology. The issue, Sounds emergent: Diverse Ecologies, considers how we work with and define notions of ecology and to illustrate the variety of diverse approaches within and around recent sound practice and scholarship. The issue will feature an new interveiw with celebrated sound studies author Jonathan Sterne as well as a special guest essay by cultural theorist and one of today’s leading writers on ecology, Timothy Morton. Additional essays by the writers and artists Leah Barclay, Hethre Content, Sarah Lewison and Stephan Moore.
Moving Sounds Phylis Johnson and I are Co-editing a new book with McFarland Press titled Moving Sounds: A Cultural History of the Car Radio. We are excited about the variety of perspectives and are hoping to develop a companion radio series as well.
Upcoming Performances and Exhibitions 2016
Premiere of Radio Piano
In the early 1970's, I placed a radio next to the old upright piano in our basement and it really felt like a studio to me at that point, a creative place for sound and music. I discovered a way to place my head onto the black enameled surface in order to hear the resonances of the piano more acutely. When I did this, I heard the wooden strides of the action amid the soft counter rhythms of the felts as I played. The piano was damaged; it had missing keys and its tuning was singularly memorable. Knowing that the instrument was fallible, perhaps repairable, and full of unrealized potential kept me playing. As I was born with an acute hearing loss in my right ear, my early recollections about sound, art, and communication involved listening with deep intent while remaining open to new impressions. In many ways, my troubled hearing allowed for a kind of concentration of my auditory senses, setting me on a monaural path to becoming a media artist who specialized in sound. Due to recent medical advancements, I have been able to regain hearing in my right ear for the first time since 1985.
Melvin Severy and George Sinclair's 1916 patent documents for the Choalcelo provided inspiration, not for the technical extension of the piano, but for what the fluid graphism of the circut becomes, a wildly futurist map of the unseen.
For the April 2nd performance, I'll be utalizing many portable radios, various handmade electronics and a good deal of revivied technology clustered around the piano on the stage of Shryock Auditorium. Rob Spahr, Todd Birdsong and Mike Maxwell will also perform.
Curator and fellow collaborator Eric Leonardson curated a selection of radio works for radioCona in Ljubljana Slovenia.
Chantal Dumas 86400 Seconds – Time Zones
Christopher DeLaurenti To The Cooling Tower, Satsop
Jay Needham Listening at the Border
Anna Friz Collecting Clocks and Losing Time
From Eric’s curatorial statement:
“I selected five works dedicated to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, and its audible manifestation in rich metaphors that spring forth when we listen in the dark. By withdrawing from the rhythms of daylight, we are drawn to the deeper, more primal nature of our soundscape…”