315 Prentis Hall
Friday, April 7th: 8- 10 pm, opening
Saturday, April 8th: 10 am – 6 pm
Historical audio recordings of famous American women giving dieting advice is projected through a kitchen scale. A transducer is placed on the weighing platform, and the sound of the women’s voices is distorted through the machinery of the scale as the needle of the index jumps with amplitude.
This small sound installation fits on a tea tray, and invites the listener / viewer to lean in to hear the faint ghosts inhabiting the teacups. The cups speak and sing with their own voices, hinting at their tempestuous lives and their fears of a violent death. The tray trembles from time to time, a portent or memory of disaster.
“Pipes” is a series of sound sculptures that explore the emission of sound through basic industrial materials: acrylic, aluminum, pvc, and cardboard tubing, often displaced into a new setting and masked as infrastructure. They act as ghostly amplifiers ‘channeling’ sounds to the listener’s ears, pondering the merging of material and immaterial, embodied and disembodied sonic experience, allowing every-day objects to transcend their mundanity.
Christopher Preissing, Hugo Sato & Mario Gonzalez
Street Sheets is an interactive installation for from 2-6 metal sheets suspended in space from steel cables, transducers, wall-mounted bass transducer, graffiti, and heartbeat monitor/arduino interactive sensors. Taking inspiration from graffiti, Street Sheets incorporates both intentional and natural/organic visual and aural markings and scratches. Sound for each installation is recorded on the streets of the local environment. Heartbeat monitors invite audience members to interact with the sheets and control audio rate, density, and location.
This is an installation version of Vagina Dialogues — a new performance sound composition — Miya Masaoka enacts the registers of aurality, hearing and engagement that involve the giving and receiving of sound. In these vaginal listening sessions, the body’s vaginal orifice is placed against a resonant surface, whereby sound is transmitted and felt through the entire body. Internal microphones reveal small sounds. A group of self identified women sit in chairs in a semi circle. Each metal chair is wired to a transducer exciter, thus the chair is transformed into an audio speaker. A discreet audio signal is sent to each chair, which then vibrates and if felt by the vagina of the person sitting on the chair. Each person sitting in the chair experiences a different sound and listens to the sounds not just with their ears, but their whole body. Additionally, each chair is being sent a discreet audio signal, different from the other chairs, and each person can control the intensity of the vibration themselves with a control knob.
Two Part Invention for Stethoscope
Graphic Score which is activated by the Stethoscope. The Copper and Aluminum foil “score” carries audio signal which is picked up when the modified Stethoscope interacts in close proximity. The stethoscope is outfitted with a magnet which causes audio transduction into the stethoscope when interacting with the audio signal. This is a two channel composition (hence “2-part”): The copper carries one signal and the aluminum another.
Study in Electromagnetic Transduction
A steel sound sculpture is divided formally by holes and slots which segment a metal plane into small resonant pockets of varying frequency material determined by the sculpture’s proportions and their proximity to harmonic nodes. The use of an electronic apparatus allow amplified waveforms, passing in and out of tune with the resonant frequency of the sculpture, to be focused in a narrow field of electromagnetic radiation, acoustically driving the metal without the intervention of traditional hammers, plectrums, or bows. The result is a sculptural work that evolves and morphs over time as an organic and autonomous resonant body.
is a series of resonant sculptural forms expressing different relationships between electromagnetic receivers and transducers as relating to position in physical space: rotational motion, oscillatory motion, and eccentric motion. The resulting movement patterns produce equivalents of amplitude modulation, offering the visitor with a unified visual and sonic experience where one is not possible without the other.
consists of a single of head sized boxes suspended from the ceiling. The box is equipped with transducers playing original compositions set around the boxes resonant frequencies. The box is connected to transducers connect to amplifiers with sound fed by mp3 players. Headspace communicates themes of isolation, resonance, trust, provides an immersive environment and establishes communication between public and private space.