Image from Jed Speare, “Quiet Zone”
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JED SPEARE is an artist working in a variety of media and settings. He has presented sound, video, performance and multidisciplinary work, locally, nationally, and internationally in Canada, Ireland, Poland, Belarus, Croatia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, and Taiwan. In 1978 he studied at the Sonic Research Studio of the World Soundscape Project, in Burnaby, British Columbia, an experience that led to his extensive work in field recordings and his advocacy about the sound environment.
In the eighties, he was closely associated with San Francisco industrial culture as the creator of the record album Cable Car Soundscapes (1982) on Smithsonian Folkways Records. He was also a founder of the group, Research Library, who recorded on Subterranean Records. During this time, he was active creating numerous sound, collaborative, experimental theater, movement, and multidisciplinary performance works in San Francisco, New York, and Amsterdam, where he taught at the Theatreschool Mime Opleiding in 1986 and 1987. The double album, Sound Works 1982 - 1987, (2008) on Family Vineyard Records, includes several longer-form works from that period.
Jed has also worked as an Industrial Hearing Conservationist, giving hearing tests to factory workers, and has created conceptual works about the sound environment, investigating and creating urban “Quiet Zones.” He has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group since 1995, and has served as Mobius’ Director and/or Co-Director since 1996. He is also Director of Studio Soto, and is currently active as a member of the New England Phonographers Union, Mobius Quartet, and Grizzler.
A recent site-specific concert of the New England Phonographers Union at Deer Island Water Treatment Plant for World Listening Day gained significant mainstream media attention, including a video piece on Boston.com. In 2008, Wire Magazine called him “a pioneer of multimedia presentation.”
Check out Jed Speare: Works on the Wire’s website.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.