This soundscape by Marcus Fisher is from a fantastic project called “Instagr/am/bient” where 25 musicians composed short tracks inspired by instagram photos that were taken by each other. Interesting to see how the visual and musical aesthetics intersect. Well worth a look and listen. Here’s a description from the disquiet website: “The project involves 25 musicians with ambient inclinations. Each of the musicians contributed an Instagram photo, and in turn each of the musicians recorded an original track in response to one of the photos contributed by another of the project’s participants. The tracks are sonic postcards. They are pieces of music whose relative brevity—all are between one and three minutes in length—is designed to correlate with the economical, ephemeral nature of an Instagram photo.”
Related but of the analog variety, is a collaboration between Olson Kundig Architects and the Seattle Art Museum to create “Record Store” an interactive performance space in Pioneer Square that is an extension the Theaster Gates “Listening Room” work now showing at SAM. As described in the SAM blog: “The Record Store will feature a series of “listening parties” with guest DJs, artists, community folks, dancers, musicians, urban planners, activists, etc. Each “selector” will borrow from the same collection of LP’s or brings a few of their own records that act as the sound track that illustrates their ideas. Irruptions might take various forms including: debates, writing or dance classes, silent reading, tastings, workshops, to-do-lists or a sermon.” The installation and performances are occurring throughout the entire month of January on Tuesday through Thursday 12-4 with an interesting variety of selectors taking charge in the evenings. Check out the schedule.
And finally, here is another installation in January that I am stoked to check out. It’s at the always excellent Jack Straw Media Gallery in the U District. “The Network is a Blind Space” is by artist Stelios Manousakis. It’s quite a different take on sound, media and personal interaction utilizing ubiquitous technology to generate sound by responding to the mobile electronics carried by visitors. Here’s the project statement from the website:
“The Network Is a Blind Space is a distributed, micro-telematic, site-specific sound installation that explores the physical yet invisible electromagnetic spaces created by Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). Two computers installed in opposite parts of Jack Straw, one in the gallery and another in the main studio, create an electromagnetic line-space that can be transversed and examined – perhaps broken. The piece spreads out from the gallery space, extending as far as the installation’s WLAN can reach. Sound is generated and modified in real time by visitors logging into the network with ordinary, wifi-enabled, mobile electronic devices (smartphones, iPods, tablets, laptops, etc).”
Here’s a piece by Manousakis called “Do Digital Monkeys Inhabit Virtual Trees” (I love the title’s nod to Bladerunner/Philip K Dick) to give you a little flavor of what this may be like. There is an artist talk on January 20th at 7pm.