Looking at the art of sound

Looking at the art of sound
August 5, 2020 Comments Off on Looking at the art of sound Music Arts Briana Bernard

Although sound art has been established as a new art form in the border area between visual art and music for several decades now, it plays a rather marginal role in the field of new music and also in the classical exhibition business.

Art of sound

In sound art, the traditional form of musical mediation is given up in favor of a new sound-space experience. As with a visit to an exhibition, the recipient can organize the time and space organization of his perception himself.

In the field of new music, sound art is understood as more than an expansion of the musical. In contemporary art, which is increasingly determined by the art market and event culture, it has rarely been possible to adequately present artistic works with sound. This is due, among other things, to their strong location and ephemeral character. So far, the art of sound has proven to be an ideal medium for atmospherically charging places that already have a certain aura due to their structural structure or because of their historical and social context and to make them a special place of experience.

From futurism to sound installation

The term “sound installation” is derived, first appeared around 1971 with the important American artist Max Neuhaus.

What was important with this – and is with most sound artworks – the principle of preserving the recipient’s own time. Sound installations and sound sculptures allow visitors to leave and return all the time, in the field of concert music it is an almost forbidden process.

Space, perception, and technology

Sound installations do not have a fixed time frame, do not follow predefined dramatic dynamics, and rarely have narrative structures. The architectural, social, and historical space is the subject of artistic discussion. This site-specific quality binds the sound art to individual spaces that can be entered and left in an open time frame. Therefore, sound art is difficult to reproduce in other places with the same message. Places and norms of traditional art education (museums, concert and theater halls) are usually avoided and places in public, Guaranteed rent, and unusual areas are preferred.

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