Sound Art

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Sounds That Divide Us | Julia Fairbrother

In Sounds That Divide Us (2020), Julia Fairbrother presents ten countries’ national anthems with the highest absolute number of deaths due to COVID-19. Using computational algorithms to process mortality data, the artist captures sonic changes determined by the number of cases and mortality rates reported by each country as indicated…

Listen to Big Data | Dong Yuxiang

In Listen to Big Data (2019), Dong Yuxiang creates an auditory environment for listeners to “meditate on the materiality of big data” and the environmental impacts rooted in the infrastructures of information communication technology. This sound piece is composed of field recordings captured at eight locations in and around a…

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Response to The Sounds That Divide Us | Ellie Holdsworth

Sounds are an increasingly prevalent form of digital art, which Julia Fairbrother strongly demonstrates through one of her most recent works, The Sounds That Divide Us (2020). The national anthems of the ten countries with the most COVID-19 cases are presented, creating a singular anthem that stands alone as its…

Maria Chavez | Q + A

Maria Chavez is an abstract turntablist and sound artist born in Lima, Peru. From live turntablism performances to sound sculpture installations, Chavez identifies “accidents, coincidence and failures” as the themes that unite her work. Digital America had the pleasure of interviewing Maria about her turntable practice, her history of DJing, her advice…

plant whispering | Izzy Pezzulo

plant whispering is a sound piece made for plants. Izzy Pezzulo is interested in making sound art for all beings, sentient or otherwise. Pezzulo asks many questions of these plants, both humorous and existential. plant whispering comes out of an interest in ASMR, our relationship to plants, and how we…

10 yrs. Later | Carrie Edinger

10 yrs. Later is a sound art piece that explores the intersections of history and the presence and absence of community soundscapes lost.  The featured neighborhood was struck by the 2008 housing crisis and several parts of its four-square miles are abandoned.  Edinger walks throughout the neighborhood describing abandoned homes…

Digital Material | Payton Baril & Caleb Gardner

Payton Baril and Caleb Gardner’s improvisational sound piece, Digital Material, explores the interaction between the physical and the digital. Through manual manipulation of multiple keyboards and a circuit bent Speak & Spell (a 1980s electronic child’s toy), Digital Material creates an experience of audible touch in order to draw attention…

/ source / (postfactual) | Timo Kahlen

Timo Kahlen’s work / source / (postfactual) is an interactive net piece composed of multiple layers of sound woven into a touch-sensitive visual projection. Each experience is generated by the viewer which creates a personalized experience for the user due to the position, movement, and speed of the cursor moving…

Ghost City | Izzy Pezzulo

Ghost City is a soundscape created using sound recordings from a 2,220 acre tract of land in Henrico County, Virginia called Elko Tract. During WWII, it was used as a “decoy city” to evade Japanese and German bombers targeting Richmond. The structure of this piece of land closely resembles Richmond City,…

Timo Kahlen | Q + A

Timo Kahlen’s sound and visual work explores unusual mediums, such as wind, steam, light, vibration, sound, and more to convey global concepts. Throughout his career of more than 25 years, Kahlen’s experimentation with noise and media art have allowed him to participate in over 150 solo and collaborative gallery showings….