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SoundSpace: Biosounds

November 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Included with museum admission; Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.

SoundSpace: Biosounds features music inspired by the sounds and processes of the human body and medical procedures: music that incorporates heartbeats, brainwaves, pacemakers, and the sonification of bio data.

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Highlights include:

Graham Reynolds will premiere “The Brain,” a piece he composed for the project Sound of Science, a project led by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. “The Brain,” a composition for cello with electronic instrumentation, is the result of Reynolds’s collaboration with UT Austin neuroscientist Kristin Harris, whose research focuses on mapping the brain.

Invoke quartet has written new music for each body part featured in the board game Operation, such as “butterflies in the stomach” and “broken heart.” In this interactive performance, audience members will play the game of Operation, and the quartet will play music in response to the audience member’s moves.

In Thomas Echols’s piece “Conventional Biofeedback,” readings of muscle tension, heart rate, and galvanic skin response will control the sonic parameters of the composition, facilitated through the use of custom software and circuitry made by the performer.

“Geräusche” by Verena Gaudy and Martín C. Rodríguez will feature a collaborative, experimental way of composing audioscapes with the human body through the collision of flesh with internally and externally generated sounds.

Colin McIntyre will perform a sound work that draws on his background in sculpture and visual art and his experimentation with synthesis and pipe organs. His creates sound works that occupy built spaces in an exploration of spatial acoustics.

Jason Cella will play live electronic music alongside a solo dance by Rosalyn Nasky. The goal of the performance is to sculpt the volume and pressure of sonic and visual space through a close relation of detailed, textural music and stark, anatomical movement.

Additional performers and collaborators include Christie Blizard, Michael Anthony Garcia, Alan Retamozo.

About SoundSpace 
Heralded by the Austin American-Statesman as “The most successful new music event in the City,” SoundSpace is a dynamic concert series that brings together musicians and other creatives to connect visual and sound art. Now in its eighth year, the series demonstrates the Blanton’s commitment to nurturing collaborations that provide innovative experiences with art, inspire creativity, and support the educational mission of The University of Texas at Austin.

SoundSpace is generously underwritten by Michael Chesser.


November 4, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Included with museum admission; Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.
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Blanton Museum of Art
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Austin, 78712
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