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Chorale 1 (1999)
The work of Maryanne Amacher explored many diverse phenomena at the cutting edge of experimental music and sound art. In her City Links project, she created an artificial urban soundscape by planting microphones throughout a city and transmitting their input over telephone lines to a central location where they could all be heard in simultaneous superposition. She also developed an intensive approach to site-specific sound installations by investigating the effects of unconventional loudspeaker placement, so that “the rooms themselves become speakers, producing sound which is felt throughout the body as well as heard.” Her most distinctive compositional impetus was based on the phenomenon of “ear tones,” or otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), measurable vibrations produced by the ear either spontaneously or, more often, in response to particular musical stimuli. In her essay "Psychoacoustic Phenomena in Musical Composition," Amacher suggests the composer’s job is now to map out a new “perceptual geography” by coordinating three distinct levels of activity: the sounding source, the response tones stimulated in the listener’s ear, and the subjective aesthetic impression as the mechanical impulses are converted to electrical signals in the brain. Despite her relatively meager available output (two CDs on John Zorn's Tzadik label, plus a smattering of short articles), Amacher's work has exerted a large and seemingly ever-growing influence on contemporary sound art and theory.
Vinyl :: Lyota Yagi carves a gramophone record out of ice, such that as the record plays, it slowly melts and the song eventually becomes noise.
In the Ocean - A Film About The Classical Avant Garde
schlieren flow visualization takes “sound art” to a whole new level.
Here’s a sound-visualization created by Ryoji Ikeda and Soundings: A Contemporary Score artist Carsten Nicolai. These visualizations are a key component of their performances as cyclo., which is an extension of each of their practices exploring the intersections of science, art, and sound. .