Sound maps of rivers and songs for cicadas are two examples of a new kind of music inspired by 19th-century German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz.
The Ghost Sounds of Hanoi, Conjured by an App
HANOI — The first thing that struck me about this city was the noise. I arrived by a sleepy overnight train from China, where most of the scooters I’d seen were silent electric bikes. Here the noise was deafening.
Gallery Whispers and Lunch in the Cafe: Mapping Museums Through Their Sounds
“There are so many sounds in museums that we usually ignore that are absolutely engrossing once you take the time to focus on them,” says artist John Kannenberg, who’s been recording museum noise for 15 years.
Listening Deeply to the 2014 Whitney Biennial
The 2014 Whitney Biennial came to a close this past weekend, ending with a performance by esteemed artist and musician Pauline Oliveros. The performance resonated with one of the more striking, if overlooked, curatorial themes of the show: sound in the museum.
The Sounds of Greenland’s Melting Glaciers
A carefully random scattering of chairs filled ISSUE Project Room’s Beaux-Arts style theater last Friday night. With the ability to sit facing any direction, choosing the optimal seat felt crucial, though there was no indication as to which way was best. The sole light source, a blue spotlight illuminating the chandelier, cast the room in a cerulean haze.
A Mainstream Museum Welcomes Two Old-Guard Experimentalists
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect upon entering the fourth floor galleries at the Museum of Modern Art for a collaborative performance, “illlummminnnatttionnnssss!!!!!!!” (2014), by old-guard experimentalists Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine. The pair had not performed together in over four decades.
The Sound Of Two Borders Dissolving
HONG KONG — Unlike the Berlin Wall, which began with the division of post-World War II spoils, or the Israeli West Bank barrier, which divides parts of Israel and Palestine, the Shenzhen/Hong Kong fence, or “Frontier Closed Area,” has as much security power as wet tissue paper.
A Floating Sound Orb Transmits the Past to the Future
Some people think that ghosts are fragments from people’s lives imprinted on the world, playing over and over again after death. A sound project evokes this idea of a “delayed echo” of activity with a dreamlike black orb that floats through the air.
The Dense, Dark Tones of an Organ Mystic
Experimental musician Charlemagne Palestine performed last Thursday at Plymouth Church, presenting a vibrant evening of deep organ drones.
Music for a Solemn Space: The First Contemporary Art at the Cloisters
For the first time in its history, the Cloisters is exhibiting a work of contemporary art.
Voyager Has Left the Solar System, Taking With it the Sounds of Space
As Voyager becomes the first human-made object to enter interstellar space, it also carries the first human-made mixtape destined for such depths of the universe.
Participating in Sound, Interacting With Noise
This month, sound art in New York continues to bloom in various locations throughout the city. First up was “Soundings: A Contemporary Score” at MOMA, then came Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s “Voice Tunnel.” Residency Unlimited, which holds residencies for international artists, jumped into the fray by hosting the sound art section of the three part inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2013 curated by inCube Arts and featuring artists from Hong Kong and Taiwan.