Jay Needham, MFA, is a sound artist, teacher, scholar and interim director of the Global Media Research Center at SIUC. He utilizes multiple creative platforms and his works often have a focus on recorded sound, archives and the interpretation of artifacts.
His sound art, works for radio and visual art have appeared at museums, festivals and on the airwaves worldwide. Through applied aspects of his research, Needham strives to affect positive change and bridge the gap between the arts and the sciences. His most recent sound installation is on permanent display in the BioMuseo, designed by Frank Gehry in Panama.
His research is published in the journals, Exposure, Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology, Leonardo Music Journal, and in the book Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time, Culture. Jay frequently collaborates with photographer Andrew Freeman, filmmaker Wago Kreider and sound artist Anna Friz.
He has been invited to speak and present his work at many noted programs including the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Department of Techno-Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis, California Institute of the Arts and the School of the Art Institute, Chicago.
He is a member of the boards of the World Forum of Acoustic Ecology, the Institute for Neotropical Conservation and Carbondale Community Arts. He received his MFA from The School of Art at California Institute of the Arts in 1989.