Sound Art Program

Sound Art Program

Lingua Franca: from Voice to Noise

Curated by Katherine Liberovskaya in consultation with Phill Niblock

A lingua franca (or working language, bridge language, vehicular language) is a language systematically used to make communication possible between people not sharing a mother tongue. Sound Art can be seen as a lingua franca conveying ideas specifically for aural perception: from pure sensation, to imagination, to meditation. It speaks to us through such elements as recordings of reality, noises, notes, tones, frequencies, natural phenomena, found audio material, voices, abstract utterances, and actual words from different languages. Thus, all the pieces in this program represent as many completely unique personal lingua francas as the myriad of artists presented. At the same time most of these works make use of languages and words to express meanings very different from their literal definitions.

Jim Bell (Canada)
«Light Conversation — Remix 11» (2011)
6 minutes

Jim Bell is an artist based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, working in a variety of media and technologies, exploring correlations between natural and constructed worlds, chaos and communication, navigation of internal and external space.

Maria Chavez (U.S.A.)
2 minutes

Maria Chavez is a sound artist that lives in New York City.

Michael Delia (U.S.A.)
«Podraty» (2010)
7 minutes

Michael Delia (USA) 1963 is an artist whose work spans a wide range of disciplines and media:  paintings, sculpture, installations, and sound art as well as music performances.

Chantal Dumas (Canada)
«Stampede» (2000)
2 minutes 30 seconds

Chantal Dumas explores the medium of sound through the production of radiophonic fictions or docu-fictions (Hoerspiel), electroacoustic musics and sound installations. Listening to her work can be likened to a walk through different spaces: mental or physical, architectural and urban, natural or cultural.

Bryan Eubanks (U.S.A.)
«Benson and Beckett Trigger Kaleidoscopic Views of the Catskills, NY» (2011)
20 minutes, field recordings, recorded speech

Bryan Eubanks (b. 1977, Pasco, WA.) is focused on collaborative improvisation, solo musical projects, and sound installations. Originally interested in the saxophone, his work has expanded to include computer music and instruments of his own design that incorporate open-circuits, samplers, radio transmission, and other electronics.

Richard Garet (U.S.A.)
«Pulse» (2011)
8 minutes 12 seconds

Richard Garet works interweaving multiple media including moving image, sound, live performances, and photography. Garet's sonic constructions emerge from exploring materials and its phenomenology to activate and amplify expressive sonic manifestations, radio interference, moving image sonification, and electromagnetic disturbances.

If, Bwana (Al Margolis) (U.S.A.)
«Ellen, Banned» (2009)
10 minutes, Ellen Band: voice

Al Margolis has been active as If, Bwana for over twenty five years, slowly evolving from a crude cut 'n paste master through lengthy layered compositions, to his current modern classical approach.

Andre Eric Letourneau (a.k.a. Benjamin Muon) (Canada)
«La langue qui suit» (2011)
15 minutes

Andre Eric Letourneau and Benjamin Muon were been active as over twenty years, considering Art as a source of translection and sonotemporal architecture.

Katherine Liberovskaya (Canada)
«Paiva, Samuele and Rocks... with Cow» (2010)
5 minutes 28 seconds

Katherine Liberovskaya is a media artist based in Montreal and New York. Involved in media arts, especially experimental video, since the 80s, her works in video, audio, installation and performance have been shown around the world.

Daniel Neumann (Germany/U.S.A.)
«signal like language» (2011)
42 minutes 24 seconds

Daniel Neumann is an artist working with sound, an organizer and audio engineer active in new york city.

Phill Niblock (U.S.A.)
«Remo Osaka Zound» (2010—2011)
120 minutes

Phill Niblock is a composer and intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video and computers. He was born and raised in Anderson, Indiana and has lived in New York since 1958.

Kristin Norderval (U.S.A./Norway)
Fast Yoga (2000)
3 minutes
Kristin Norderval, voice and digital audio processing

Kristin Norderval is a classically trained composer and singer who specializes in developing cross-disciplinary works for voice and technology.

Andrea Parkins (U.S.A.)
«Ob-ject or Ob-jest?» (2011)
6 minutes

Andrea Parkins is a sound/installation artist, composer, and electroacoustic performer especially known for her uniquely gestural/textural approach on her electronically processed accordion and inventive use of customized live sound processing.

Leslie Ross (U.S.A.)
«Journal #d:10/11» (2011)
11 minutes

Anchored in the exploration of sound with special attention given to bassoon multiphonics, for 25 years performer and composer Leslie Ross' work has included sound pieces and installations, solo and group structured inprovisation scores as well as the construction of both invented and conventional instruments.

Keiko Uenishi (U.S.A./Japan)
«99%» (2011)
18 minutes 25 seconds

Keiko Uenishi (o.blaat) is a sound art-i-vist, social composer, and a core member of the open free multimedia community «SHARE», known for works formed through experiments in restructuring and analyzing one's relationship with sounds in sociological, political, cultural, and/or psychological

Byron Westbrook (U.S.A.)
«Whispering/Talking/Singing Remixed» (2011)
6 minutes

Byron Westbrook is a Brooklyn-based sound artist working with spatial and social experiments. He also performs audio/video environments under the name

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