District Hall, Friday, March 6, 2015: Non-Event: Boston Experimental and New Music Series" />
Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present
O+A (Bruce Odland + Sam Auinger)
my eyes…my ears…
a performance on the “politics of the senses” and the failure of the “sonic commons”
with post-performance roundtable discussion moderated by Dietmar Offenhuber (Northeastern) with Meejin Yoon (MIT), Tom Ryan (Harvard), and Prataap Patrose (Boston Redevelopment Authority)
75 Northern Avenue
7:30pm | FREE (RSVP requested)
O+A, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger, have been observing the urban soundscape and making sound installations in public spaces around the world for more than 20 years. They have recently found a way to share these observations in a performance piece that deals with perception, memory and the failure of the “sonic commons”. Based on their unique dual binaural recording process, (4ears),this 40 minute performance immerses the audience in an extremely detailed spatial and surreal 4 dimensional audio environment. To this they add fragmentary visual clues playing compositional games with the difference between how our eyes and ears really decode space and how it usually happens in films. One longtime observer of their work, Daniel Oppenheim of IBM research reported the following. “I’ve heard you talk about sound in the cities and what it does for years but this performance is the first time I couldn’t avoid getting it completely”. The piece brings to the foreground issues of why our soundscape sounds like it does, and how it affects us and allows the audience to hear the city the way that both O+A hear it—simultaneously. This piece is intended to be the first half of an evening followed by a round table discussion with relevant experts in fields of perception, urban studies, psychoacoustics, architecture, economics, medicine, the environment and other related fields.
SAM AUINGER is a sonic thinker, composer and sound-artist. He collaborates with city planners and architects, giving lectures and is a frequent participant of international symposiums on the topic of urban planning, architecture, media, the senses and sound in specific. Since 1989 he works together with the composer Bruce Odland as O+A; their central theme is the Hearing Perspective and their work is known for large scale, public space sound installations which transform city noise into harmony in real-time. Over the years Sam Auinger has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. Most recently he received the Kultur Preis der Stadt Linz 2002 to honor his body of work, the Berlin Artist-in-Residence programm DAAD 1997 and the SKE Publicity Prize 2007. In 2009 he was a scholarship holder of the atelier Berlin at Cité International des Arts in Paris.
BRUCE ODLAND is an artist who thinks with his ears. A pioneer in sound installations, his first public sound installation, SUN SONG, broadcast a four channel cloud of reverberant sound over an outdoor festival in Denver from the Clock tower of East High in 1977. Since then he has discovered resonance and beauty in both the fractal music of nature and transforming vast industrial soundscapes of the cities into harmonic music. In 1987 he founded O+A with Austrian fellow sonic pioneer Sam Auinger. Together they have developed a HEARING PERSPECTIVE of the culture we live in and have responded with installations that change the perception of public space. GARDEN OF TIME DREAMING, 1990, created a sonic cosmology at the Castle of Linz, BLUE MOON, 2004, re-tuned the post 9-11 sound-space of the World Financial Center plaza by turning noise into harmony mixed by the tides and moon, REQUIEM FOR FOSSIL FUELS, 2007-2010 brought together 4 virtuoso voices, the Latin requiem mass, and an 8 channel orchestra of tuned city resonances, SONIC VISTA, 2010, a permanent piece, united the north and south Greenbelts of Frankfurt Germany at a new focal point of listening, TONIC 2005, for West Hollywood, and HARMONIC BRIDGE,1998 for MASSMoCA, are permanent pieces reclaiming underutilized city spaces with harmonic resonances. Their latest collaboration is a permanent installation, HEARING VIEW, 2013, containing library of healing sounds for the Rheinau Psychiatric Clinic, the oldest psychiatric institution in Switzerland.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.