Houston Sinfonia: music for found sound

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Houston Sinfonia is an installation of experimental music for Art League Houston (Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 13, 2018). The exhibition features six motion-activated music boxes, each of which plays a different part from the work along with a video accompaniment. The random but over-lapping playback of these parts imitates background noise as we experience it, coming to us from many directions at once.

Houston Sinfonia is music made with ambient sounds from Houston, Texas. The everyday clamor of Houston’s demolition and construction, its year-round air-conditioning hum, its passing trains, its own species of toad, some local TV personalities, and a band of rodeo trail riders provide starting points.

Houston Sinfonia is a process of exploring sounds within sounds. The process begins by extracting a few audio grains from the original recording or by “stretching” the original recording to a much longer length. These raw audio samples are then digitally processed to create musical voices.


released December 1, 2017

Album cover photo by Stephanie Adams and the Houston Zoo


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driving off the spleen Houston, Texas

"It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation."
(Ishmael / Moby-Dick)

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