My sound installation Unheard Voices: The Embodied and Networked Intelligence of Plants was recently featured in The State Press, the ASU Student Newspaper.

“Pinecones rattling: Sound installation brings attention to environment” by Anna Campbell with photos by Alex Gould.

Speaker-Equipped Raspberry Pi Microcomputers inside of flower pots. Photo by Alex Gould

More information about Unheard Voices, including project description, video, and audio can be found here.

In Place is an exploration of the sounds of home and the mental states that arise from being sheltered in place. The source material for the piece is recordings of pots, glasses, running water, and a dog barking at a broom. These familiar sounds are then altered in both size and texture. A major theme explored is the transformation of states of matter: solids become liquid, and liquids become frozen and crystalline. Through the (d)evolution of sounds, In Place explores the constant flux of perception of the external world and the internal worlds of thought, memory, and daydreams.

I recorded all sounds using a stereo pair of Røde M5 microphones. I used GRM Tools plugins, Spear, and RX to edit and process the sound creating a folder of sonic assets that I used to construct the piece. The piece was arranged and mixed using Reaper, IEM Ambisonic plugins. In Place follows a palindromic form based around material: ceramic, glass, water, straw/animal, water, glass, ceramic.

January 17th is the opening of the exhibition I hear what you’re seeing at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. My composition Roadside Apparition will be featured in the exhibition alongside Laura Spaulding Best’s painting Refracted Oasis. The exhibition runs through April and viewers will be able to see paintings by Arizona based artists paired with newly commissioned music.

Roadside Apparition will also be released on Soundcloud for listeners outside of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

From the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts Website:

“What does a painting sound like? What do sounds look like?

The exhibition I hear what you’re seeing highlights seven paintings and drawings by Arizona artists, imaginatively narrated in sound by students from Arizona State University’s School of Music and ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering.”

The opening reception for I hear what you’re seeing is on Friday, January 17, from 6:00–8:00 pm.