America is Very Wide

America is Very Wide

That was something my host-mother used to say to indicate that anything was possible. She believed in UFOs—not in Japan—but in the U.S., because “America is very wide…” This piece uses ambisonic spatial audio to imagine a room large enough to contain all fifty United States and to place a speaker at each state capital, enthusiastically reciting the state’s tourism slogan (Idaho: “Great potatoes, tasty destinations.”) while the listener is virtually located at a location about 14 miles west of Lebanon, KS. The voice from each state capital is both directional and modulated by distance (Honolulu is barely a whisper), so that a sonic map begins to form around the listener. First staged in 2005, the piece was reprised with more accurately computed audio in 2012.
sound installation
Media: eight-channel ambisonic audio
Dimensions: highly variable
Year: 2005 / 2008
Determining coordinates

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Memory Maps

Memory Maps

Memory Maps are screen-captures of the ephemeral results of video memory corruption enlarged to nearly 1 pixel= 1 cm and printed on a large format ink-jet printer. The tropical colors and comb- and net-like structures are purely artifacts of the content of the video buffer when things went wrong. This sort of intermittent glitch is beyond any sort of control (even as to the likelihood of its occurrence) and so must be understood as a found object.
digital print
Media: large format ink-jet
Dimensions: 460cm x 100cm
Year: 2008
As exhibited at Space 301, Mobile AL

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The Oracle at Elsewhere

The Oracle at Elsewhere

The Oracle at Elsewhere was built and shown at Elsewhere as part of a competitive residency. At a public performance, petitioners were asked to pour a libation, choose an avatar, ask a question and then place the avatar on the altar (a disused heater housing—ed.), at which point the heater roared to life, and the petitioner’s question was answered by a laser crosshair spelling it out letter by letter by pointing to Ouija-like quilt.

The Oracle is infallible—it just doesn't always answer the question that you ask...

performance / object
Media: objects from the Elsewhere collection, spatial sound, microcontrollers, servo motors, laser planchette and custom code
Dimensions: variable
Year: 2008
Wiring up the Oracle

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Intonarumori 2.0

Intonarumori 2.0

Intonarumori 2.0 is a digital reinterpretation of the Italian Fututrist Luigi Russolo’s Intonarumori noise instruments. As in the original, a hand-crank is turned on the back of the boxy device to produce noises from the front. In this updated version, six levers are added, each corresponding to:

By turning the crank and manipulating the levers, an orchestra of noise may be produced.

“Let us cross a great modern capital with our ears more alert than our eyes and we will get enjoyment from distinguishing the eddying of water, air and gas in metal pipes, the grumbling noises that breathe and pulse with indisputable animility, the palpitation of waves, the coming and going of pistons, the howl of mechanical saws, the jolting of the tram on its rails, the cracking of whips, the flapping of curtains and flags.”

Luigi Russolo
sound object
Media: microcontrollers, re-purposed electronics, custom code
Dimensions: 30 x 12 x 16 inches
Year: 2007/2008
As exhibited at UWF

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