Open your ears.
Sonic Innovations continues to expand Caramoor’s programming with an annual exhibition of sound art, curated by Stephan Moore, from artists working with sonic materials outside the traditions of concert music. Each artist has drawn inspiration from their chosen location, creating work that is mindful of the natural and human-made sounds and systems already present in the environment, while engaging each site’s unique characteristics — be they acoustic, historic, architectural, or natural.
Opening in June! Free and open during Box Office hours and on concert days this summer.
Artists for 2018:
Nafasi Yako Ni Ya Kijani (Your Place is Green)
Walter KitunduNafasi Yako Ni Ya Kijani consists of a handmade white oak rocking chair. The empty chair is a symbol of absence when the work is unoccupied. A rocking chair has a particular cadence and rhythm, and when in use, the rocker sends very brief radio signals to the trees via a piezoelectric switch in the base. Hidden in the trees are sound vessels made from old conga drums that emit carefully composed and curated sounds contributing to the existing soundscape. Nafasi Yako Ni Ya Kijani (Your Place is Green) was originally commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center.
woven by air
Paula Matthusenwoven by air seeks to create an intimate and reflective listening space, blending often hidden sounds specific to Caramoor, including those of its underground infrastructure (generators, basements, storm drains), its archives, and the electromagnetic activity in the area. Utilizing the Gazebo at the end of the Cedar Walk, there will be multiple points of quiet sound emanation within the structure.
Taylor Deupreet(ch)ime is a site-specific sound installation that utilizes a quiet hideaway on the grounds of Caramoor to create an environment that is both familiar and otherworldly. The sole sound source of the piece is a collection of bell chimes that have been manipulated through increasing layers of digital processing as the path is traversed. The human element of the chime – with its familiar interplay of sound, weather and nature – is preserved, while the acoustic imperfections are highlighted, drawing attention to the physicality of the materials. As the listener approaches the center the sound of the installation begins to stand still while the sounds of nature and the outside world continue. The effect is a small temporal oasis of fragile and reflective sound, in which hearing becomes the listener’s most heightened sense.
Stone Song (2014)
Ranjit BhatnagarCreated for 2014's In the Garden of Sonic Delights, Stone Song by Ranjit Bhatnagar was originally hosted by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY and was brought to Caramoor in 2015. "When I look at an old stone wall, I think about how the seemingly solid form has shifted and settled over time, through weathering and the erosion and compression of the soil. In order to explore this process through sound, Stone Song is laced with pressure sensors and strain gauges, and sensors for humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure. All this information feeds into a drone synthesizer, whose fundamental tones shift slowly over the months as the stones settle. Daily weather and seasonal changes will produce smaller, shorter-term changes in the stones’ song, as will the weight of visitors who stop to sit on it and listen. I’ve designed Stone Song in collaboration with Hilary Martin, Akira Inman, and Evan Oxland." — Ranjit Bhatnagar