Chamber Music (2005-2011)

An ongoing series of site-specific sound works derived from recordings of the empty spaces where they are presented. These recordings of "silence" are filtered to extract subtle resonant frequency drones from the room sound, which become the raw materials of each piece.

Chamber Music 9: Northern Light, for Julius (2011)

March 4 – March 27, 2011
Anchor Art Space
Anacortes, Washington
Listen (excerpt, 5:00)

Ten-channel sound installation derived from a one-hour recording of the empty gallery, referencing the mysterious phenomenon of auroral sound associated with the Northern Lights, and dedicated to Rolf Julius, the influential German sound artist and maker of "small music" who passed while I was working on this. The space was shared with the lovely, reductive work of artist Jasmine Valandani.

Chamber Music 8: Particles/Waves (2010)

September 10 – November 19, 2010
Jack Straw New Media Gallery
Seattle, Washington
JSP Podcast interview
Listen (excerpt, 5:08)

Sixteen different microphones were used to record the same hour of empty room tone. A single frequency from each mic is heard in each of sixteen corresponding speakers placed all around the gallery.

Chamber Music 7: Solar Ring (2010)

March 22 – April 17, 2010
Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Sound in Space, curated by Scott Sherk
Listen (excerpt, 10:16)

A circle of twelve small speakers, each assigned a different tone, with the listener situated in the center (on a classic chrome wire chair designed by Harry Bertoia). An excerpt is included on Iron, a free download compilation from Dragon's Eye Recordings.

Chamber Music 6: Two Ways of Listening to Nothing (2009)

February 26 – March 29, 2009
Bass Museum
Miami, Florida
SOUND, curated by Gustavo Matamoros
Watch video
Listen (excerpt, 6:17)

For this four-channel collaboration with Miami artist René Barge, we each used the same field recording (made by René) of the museum's empty freight elevator as source material to create separate stereo pieces that were then played simultaneously inside the elevator.

Chamber Music 5: Stained Glass (2008)

November 1 – 15, 2008
Chapel Performance Space
Seattle, Washington
Ashes to Ashes, curated by Mary Welch
Listen (excerpt, 5:11)

Six-channel sound installation to accompany a visual art show consisting of twenty life-size coffins made of biodegradable materials, suspended from the 28-foot ceiling of the space.

Chamber Music 4: Filtered Light (2008)

March 28 – May 11, 2008
UNM Art Museum, Studio Gallery
Albuquerque, New Mexico
UNM Composers Symposium
Listen (excerpt, 5:59)

Four-channel sound installation. A limited edition CD-R (out of print) was released by Dragon's Eye Recordings.

Chamber Music 3: Silent Room (2007)

May 11 & 12, 2007
Seattle Public Library, Greenwood Branch
Seattle, Washington
Listen (excerpt, 4:08)

Four-channel sound installation in the library's Silent Room, a glass-walled room within the library designated as a quiet study area.

Chamber Music 2: Atrium (2007, 2012)

March 16 – April 26, 2007; October 1 – 26, 2012
Atrium Sound Space, College of Santa Fé
[now Santa Fe University of Art & Design]
Santa Fé, New Mexico
Listen (excerpt, 5:08)

Four-channel sound installation in the lobby of the new Contemporary Music Program building at the College of Santa Fé.

Chamber Music 1: Suyama (2005)

The first piece in the series was made in 2005 as a proposal for a show at Suyama Space in Seattle, but was never exhibited. (It was made while Christine Wallers was working on her piece, Sea Level, shown above.) However, some of the same material was later used in Uprising at Suyama in 2012.
Listen (excerpt, 5:00)