Thursday, January 03, 2013
For this New Sounds, listen to but a few of the 100 compositions and sounds from a project called “100 x John, A Global Salute to John Cage,” featuring field recordings by composers and sound artists around the world. There is music made from the sounds that surround us, including the last town in Nepal before base camp on Mount Everest to stalactites in a cave, 700 meters underground in Serbia. Hear a composition by Arsenije Jovanic, comprised of the sounds of stalactites struck by wooden drum sticks, pieces of stone, and the composer’s hands, recorded in a cave, 700 m under the earth in Eastern Serbia.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
By Sam Lewis
Most New Yorkers try and block out the sounds of the city. But a new smartphone application, along with a collaborative sound project called UrbanRemix, is encouraging city residents to transform the recordings of screeching subway cars, hawking vendors, rowdy teenagers and other ambient street sounds around Times Square into music.
Friday, March 11, 2011
This month, the New York Public Library hosts free shows by Dana Salisbury and her dance troupe the No-See-Ums. The choreographed dances of movement, scents and sounds require audience members to be blindfolded and are meant to give a sense of what it feels like to lack sight. Listen to an audio montage of Staten Island residents reacting here.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Nina Katchadourian is a sound artist with a thing for birds. A few years ago she rigged car alarms to project gorgeous bird calls instead of robotic screeching. Her latest installation is at Wave Hill, a public garden in New York City overlooking the Hudson River. She's ...
Saturday, May 01, 2004
Almost all of us, given the opportunity, indulge the eavesdropping urge, especially when overhearing cell phone conversations. The sound artist known as "Scanner" has been incorporating the frequency band of cell phones in his work since the early 1990s. Produced by Michael Raphael.
Saturday, April 10, 2004
Saturday, February 07, 2004
The sound artist Janek Schaefer got a commission to make something "about Minnesota". As a Brit, he had to ask friends what defined Minnesota for Minnesotans. They gave him one word: weather. So, during a storm, Schaefer sent a cell phone up into the stratosphere in a weather ...
Saturday, December 06, 2003
We hear how smell and sound go together. Jamie O’Shea is an artist and inventor of the olfactograph, a mechanism designed to capture and record scents, like that of a campfire or an indoor pool. In O'Shea's installations, he often pairs the olfactograph with audio recordings of the places they were captured. It's multimedia ...
Saturday, September 27, 2003
Ruben Ortiz Torres is a Mexican artist living in California. For a performance piece, he took lawn equipment, and customized it. He created a metal-flake magenta lawnmower that danced to music. Sara Harris talked to Ortiz Torres about his piece "The Garden of Earthly Delights."
Saturday, September 29, 2001
Producer Jocelyn Gonzalez visits the Walter Thompson Orchestra that improvises sound paintings. Conductor and composer Walter Thompson has been developing a gesture-based conducting style since the 1970s that actually allows the orchestra — along with dancers and singers — to improvise entire compositions.