KATONAH, N.Y. -- Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts will be presenting two new sound art pieces at its Sonic Delights Festival, a day of events celebrating its sound art exhibition "In the Garden of Sonic Delights," on Sunday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The festival will feature a one-day-only showing of David Tudor’s "Rainforest IV" and The Nerve Tank’s "Sisyphus 2.0," in addition to the 10 artworks at Caramoor that are displayed throughout the exhibition.
"Rainforest IV" is an exploration where the audience moves freely among objects suspended in space, listening directly to the objects. Twelve to 15 objects are activated with sounds, allowing the listener to hear what the object does to the sound as it passes through it. The effect is a rainforest of sound.
The late composer and performer David Tudor conceived the piece and it is realized by Composers Inside Electronics, a group of composers and performers dedicated to the composition and live performance of electronic and electro-acoustic music using both software and circuitry designed and constructed by individual composers.
The Nerve Tank’s "Sisyphus 2.0" is a six-foot, handcrafted 500-pound galvanized steel sphere which ‘sings’ in response to the way it is rolled. Composer Stephan Moore programmed the sphere as a giant sound puzzle – roll the sphere to get the two pitches to match, then they reset and start over.
In addition to the sound art pieces, the festival will feature demonstrations, public discussions, self-guided walking tours and a concert beginning with a set by the quartet Volume VI and closing with Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow.