I am creating a new electroacoustic composition to be performed solo in Soundfest, a showcase of indoor and outdoor sound installation work and performances. It happens all around the Amherst College campus. I perform “Similaria” in the Mead Art Museum. Soundfest features the work of Tim Eriksen, Jake Meginsky, Steph Robinson, Wendy Woodson, Phil Dupont, and myself. Read more about Soundfest here:
- 1:00 pm, Tim Eriksen, Octagon
- 1:45 pm, 2 installations in Webster (Wendy Woodson / Jake Meginsky, Jake Meginsky)
- 2:30 pm, Eric Leonardson, Rotherwas Room, Mead Art Museum
- 3:00 pm, Steph Robinson / Mark Santolucito, Stearns Steeple, Mead Art Museum
“Similaria” explores multiple speaker diffusion in a specific place, the Rotherwas Room at the Mead Art Museum. Its walnut walls were imported, carved, and installed over four centuries ago in the court of English knight Sir Roger Bodenham. The room was dismantled in 1731 and almost two hundred years later, it was purchased by Herbert Lee Pratt, Amherst College Class of 1895, who bequeathed the room to Amherst College in 1944.
Similaria uses sounds made with my self-built instrument, the Springboard, and sounds recorded from the surrounding environment itself. They act on multiple levels in my attempt to create a listening experience using the particular social and spatial characteristics of the walnut paneled Rotherwas Room, to transform listeners’ awareness of both physical and imaginary space and time.
As current a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College for the spring semester, this is one of several more performances and presentations to come.