The College of Santa Fe Contemporary Music Program explores a wealth of musical areas, including world and electro-acoustic music. This Fall in the Atrium Sound Space, the program will explore sound art and acoustic ecology in a series of sound installations that will work with the sonic environment of the building. Installations by composers David Dunn, Maggie Payne, Steve Peters, Annea Lockwood and Al Margolis—as well as contributors to the 2007 Santa Fe International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music—will play in the Atrium Sound Space for extended periods of time, from October 2006 through September 2007. Installations include conceptual computer-based work, manipulated natural and soundscape recordings from around the world, manipulated voice recordings, and live tape recordings of the ambient sounds of Benildus Hall at the College of Santa Fe.
“The trick for the composers is to work with rather than against the sonic environment,” says Professor Steven Miller. “The key is to really balance variety and dynamically changing configurations with subtlety and space—physical, temporal, spectral, etc. The volume level of the installations is kept relatively low, in order to provide a subtle sonic environment in the public space. The intention is to augment and intermingle with the existing soundscape of the building, rather than mask or replace it.”
There will be an opening reception for the Atrium Sound Space series on Friday, October 20, 2006, from 4–6 p.m. The wine and cheese reception will include brief talks by artist and curator at 4:30 p.m.
For more information on the Atrium Sound Space, go to pubweb.csf.edu/atrium.
The College of Santa Fe is located at 1600 St. Michael''s Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico USA.