Interactive sound installation
2pm - 9pm in the basement
Live audio streamed sound piece (World premiere)
2pm - 9pm in the shopwindow space
Judy Dunaway on 'Manual Eardrums' (2003):
Manual Eardrums is about feeling sound with your hands instead of hearing it with your ears. In this piece, the balloon functions as a transmitter for sound to your hands. The balloon allows you to "hear" things with your hands that you might not normally notice with your ears. Visitors to Manual Eardrums are given an inflated balloon, foam earplugs and a page with instructions before entering the space. Once entering they may explore the constant sound waves in the room, which shift almost imperceptibly, creating an ever-changing vibrational landscape.
According to Newton's second law of motion, F = MA, to move an object requires a force; the heavier the object is, the larger the force required. In order for air to push an object, that object must be light. Thus the balloon, which is lightweight, can be pushed easily by sound vibrations. This is the same concept employed by the human eardrum. Thus carrying a balloon could be compared to carrying a large eardrum.
Judy Dunaway on 'The Globe':
'The Globe' is a live-streamed electronic improvisation that manipulates and brings attention to audio data compression artifacts. The piece will incorporate live performances from multiple locations throughout the world called in via telephone to Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and broadcast into the upstairs gallery at ohrenhoch. Dunaway will both inject electronic sounds into the mix and do live processing of selected performers.
Live sound contributors located on each continent:
Sam Ashley (Vienna, Austria, Europe) - performing his piece "In the Land of the Headhunters"
Jill Burton (Miami, Florida, North America)
Hala Gabr (Cairo, Egypt, Africa)
Heather Dea Jennings (Natal, Brazil, South America)
Kyoko Kitamura (New York City, North America)
Anna Liebzeit (Philip Island, Victoria, Australia)
Cole Ingraham (Shanghai, China, Asia)
Julie Katch (McMurdo Station, Antarctica)
Video accompanying "The Globe" sound installation created by Judy Dunaway and Antony Flackett.
For the past twenty years Judy Dunaway has been primarily been known for her numerous works for latex balloons as sound conduits, including free improvisations, electronic and multi-media works, sound installations, and compositions. She has presented these works throughout North America and Europe at many important venues, festivals, museums and galleries. Her discography includes CDs on the CRI and Innova labels.
Since 2005 Dunaway has also been producing internet-based sound art. Her piece “What You Cannot Hear,” a live streamed work that used real-time signal processing and samples. was released on the CD accompanying Leonardo Music Journal No. 22 in November, 2012. She has also presented live streamed performances at the Networked Music Festival UK in 2012 and 2013, and the Deep Listening Dream Festival and over WGXC/free103point9 in 2011.
Judy Dunaway has a Ph.D. in music composition from Stony Brook University and an M.A. with emphasis in experimental music composition from Wesleyan University (where she studied with Alvin Lucier). She has been Visiting Faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston since 2005.