Environmental Sound Artists

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Honored to be part of this book with an essay on Sun Boxes.

Edited by Frederick Bianchi and V. J. Manzo and to be published by Oxford University Press on August 25 (July 12 on Amazon), Environmental Sound Artists is a new book exploring traditional and novel issues around the art of environmental sound:

‘Environmental Sound Artists: In Their Own Words’ is an incisive and imaginative look at the international environmental sound art movement, which emerged in the late 1960s. The term environmental sound art is generally applied to the work of sound artists who incorporate processes in which the artist actively engages with the environment. While the field of environmental sound art is diverse and includes a variety of approaches, the art form diverges from traditional contemporary music by the conscious and strategic integration of environmental impulses and natural processes.

This book presents a current perspective on the environmental sound art movement through a collection of personal writings by important environmental sound artists. Dismayed by the limitations and gradual breakdown of contemporary compositional strategies, environmental sound artists have sought alternate venues, genres, technologies, and delivery methods for their creative expression.

Environmental sound art is especially relevant because it addresses political, social, economic, scientific, and aesthetic issues. As a result, it has attracted the participation of artists internationally. Awareness and concern for the environment has connected and unified artists across the globe and has achieved a solidarity and clarity of purpose that is singularly unique and optimistic. The environmental sound art movement is borderless and thriving.

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Here are some links of the authors:

Andrea Polli

Philip Blackburn

Bernie Krause

David Dunn

John Bullitt

John Luther Adams

Cheryl E. Leonard

Jeff Talman

Leah Barclay

Craig Colorusso

Joseph Bertolozzi

Marty Quinn

Bruce Odland

Zimoun

China Blue

David Rothenberg

Gordon Hempton

Dawn Scarfe

 

David Monacchi

Christopher DeLaurenti

Aki Passionals

https://soundcloud.com/aki_p/seawater

Matthew Burtner

Sun Boxes in Bella Vista

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Sun Boxes will be installed from noon until 5 p.m. on Feb. 13 and Colorusso’s visit at the ARC will be at 6 p.m. including a screening of INSTALL:Sound, Light & Craig Colorusso

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CUBEMUSIC in Springdale

 

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January 6–29th 2016 CUBEMUSIC will be upstairs at ARTS Center of the OZARKS, Springdale, Arkansas.

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Downstairs was my new friend Steven Adair:

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January 27the Danielle Marie Ribaudo lead a yoga session amongst The Cubes.

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Sound + Light Wrap Up

Sound + Light ran for 5 days in Charleston, SC. All 4 pieces and the film INSTALL all in an 80,000 square foot warehouse. We met tons of cool people ate some great food and even did yoga with 149 other people in the dark with CUBEMUSIC.  Here are some photos. Sound + Light was Brought to you by Enough Pie and Boomtown.

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Sun Boxes catching the last of the sun.

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The glow of CUBEMUSIC.

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CUBE one.

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Top.

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Kids at MB 89.

The Drone of MB 89

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INSTALL

Coloring book

Enough Pie made a coloring Book.

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For five days (October 28 – November 1) Charleston’s warehouse district will host SOUND + LIGHT presented by Enough Pie and BoomTown at 1505 King Street Extension by Southern artist Craig Colorusso.

An immersive, experiential installation in a cavernous darkened landscape, the warehouse will be illuminated through shadows, light and meditative sounds to create a peaceful, haunting and unforgettable warehouse experience for attendees.

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Charleston’s warehouse district will host SOUND + LIGHT presented by Enough Pie and BoomTown at 1505 King Street Extension by Southern artist Craig Colorusso.

An immersive, experiential installation in a cavernous darkened landscape, the warehouse will be illuminated through shadows, light and meditative sounds to create a peaceful, haunting and unforgettable warehouse experience for attendees. Join us as we kick off a week of SOUND + LIGHT through IGNITING SOUND + LIGHT: PREVIEW EXPERIENCE.

SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, Oct 27 (6-10PM):  IGNITING SOUND + LIGHT: PREVIEW 
Tuesday, Oct 27 (8-10PM):  DANCE PARTY ONLY
Wednesday, Oct 28 – Nov 1 (12-6PM):  SOUND + LIGHT (Free and open to all)
Saturday, Oct 31 (10:30-11:30AM):  SPECTRA Yoga Event

ABOUT:
Warehouses are central structures in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula, and they are the inspiration for Enough Pie’s SOUND + LIGHT fall program showcasing a collection of pieces by Southern artist Craig Colorusso, winner of the 2014 ArtFields®. The installation includes five pieces:  C U B E M U S I C, MOON PHASES, SUN BOXES, MB 89 and a short film entitled INSTALL. Collectively these pieces span over a decade of work.

C U B E M U S I C is a sound and light piece that consists of 6 4’ aluminum cubes with geometric cutout shapes. Each cube has three light sources inside that glow and decay at different intervals so they cast shadows within space. Also from each CUBE a different four-note guitar chord swells in volume. The whole room resonates with low notes that pull the viewer in as the shadows begin crisply but fade into each other slowly over time. The sounds and shadows are C U B E M U S I C but the whole space becomes the piece. It creates an environment that a person can enter and exit at will.

MB 89 is an attempt for the artist to play a continuous piece of music that spans the greater part of his life. Set within 3 large glowing 10’ cylinders, the artist plays a composition with no discrete beginning and ending that may be played over and over. MB 89 is a composition played once, continuously; spaces between performances are to be treated as musical rests. Instead of many starts and finishes there is constant music. Thus MB 89 is a reference point in his ever-changing life.

MOON PHASES is a kinetic sculpture that plays music based on the fullness of the moon.  It’s a pre-recorded minimal guitar piece that drones in cycles, as constant and as hauntingly as the moon itself.  The piece will begin in silence with the New Moon and slowly get more dense, adding notes until at its fullest during the Full Moon.

INSTALL is a short film that enters the world of installation artist Craig Colorusso transforming shared environment through sculpture, light, and sound. A series of audio interviews with the artist accompany a wide breadth of footage that transverses the New England landscape to capture three installations: MB 89, C U B E M U S I C and Sun Boxes, never before experienced together in one environment until the Upper Peninsula of Charleston, SC.

SUN BOXES (OUTSIDE THE WAREHOUSE) is a solar powered sound installation comprised of 20 speakers each playing a different guitar note. Collectively these notes play a Bb 6 chord. The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. There are no batteries involved, so Sun Boxes are reliant on the sun. When the sun sets the music stops and doesn’t start until the sun rises. The piece changes as the length of the day changes. Since the amount of sunlight varies from day to day so does the composition of Sun Boxes. SUN BOXES are a sonic mobile set that will travel throughout Charleston prior to the warehouse opening to excite the community to the Upper Peninsula warehouse installation – literally bringing art to the people. This allows Enough Pie and partners to engage and invite viewers to see SOUND + LIGHT in one of the Upper Peninsula’s most well-known warehouses.

Sun Boxes at ArtPrize 7

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Back to Michigan.

Sun Boxes will be part of ArtPrize 7 September 23- October 11, 2015

We’ll be on the Calder Plaza with a slew of other artists.  FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

Official ArtPrize info HERE

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VIDEO of The Sunnies HERE

CUBEMUSIC and Sun Boxes at Crystal Bridges

 

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Sun Boxes at UMASS/MT Holyoke

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

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Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

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Engineering Quad, UMASS

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Sun Boxes in BOSTON

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COPLEY

 

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COMMONS

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Children's

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Sun Boxes head back to The Commonwealth

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In Boston

Thursday September 18 Copley Square Park

Friday September 19 Dewey Square

Saturday September 20 Boston Common

Sunday September 21 Children’s Museum

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In Northampton

Monday September 22  UMASS

Tuesday September 23 Mount Holyoke College

Wednesday September 24 UMASS

Thursday September 25 UMASS

Short video by Boston Filmmaker Kevin Belli