Sun Boxes is a sound installation created by artist Craig Colorusso comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time. The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing.
On August 21st 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the sun. This eclipse can be seen throughout the United States. The last time this happened was 1918. The next time will be 2024. A total eclipse is the result of the intersection of the Sun’s cycle and the Moon’s cycle; in the spirit of such an intersection, we’ve decided to create a piece that combines Sun Boxes and Moon Phases. It will begin at Dawn on August 21st and end at Dusk on August 21.
Sun Boxes is an environment to enter and exit at will. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.
The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga, or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down.
Moon Phases is a concept that plays music based on the fullness of the moon. Pre-Recorded guitar chord is programmed to grow more dense as the moon gets more full; creating a unique experience over time.
The music is a 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 it’s at its fullest with the Full Moon. Together, the music and the movement will create an ever changing experience encouraging participants to return and witness the progress of the piece.
We’re heading back to the Commonwealth. Sun Boxes will be at Mass Moca May 27th-28th as part of Earworks II. The Sunnies will then spend some time at Mass Moca for the month of June.
June 9: Colegrove Park (24 Church Street, North Adams)
June 16: Colegrove Park
June 23: Solid Sound, MASS MoCA’s Courtyard A
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.