I have been interested in field recording and found sound as of late, but do not know of many artists. I stumbled across an experimental electronic sound artist named Stephen Vitiello. He uses atmospheric noises for most of his audio work and has worked with artists such as Tony Oursler and Julie Mehretu.
“In 1999 he was awarded a studio for six months on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower One, where he recorded the cracking noises of the building swaying under the stress of the winds after Hurricane Floyd.”
I had a hard time finding visual documentation of his sound installations besides a short video of a project called “Flutter“, which was a collaboration with Molly Berg at the World Financial Center in NY.
I really like the idea of using the vertical space and atmosphere of a building to create sound. I can think of at least one building at the University of Windsor with the height to accomodate a project such as this.
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Nice find Josh… I think Sigi might have shown the WTC work to me sometime ago, so I was glad to be reminded of it. Contact microphones are really cool.
What’s the building to use at Windsor?
Maybe something, somehow this works into a possible collaboration with CJAM?
At first I was thinking CAW Center, but Toldo has a great mezzanine on the third floor and the vertical space might be higher than three floors.
Good call, and the chances of keeping the floor open in Toldo is much more likely.
I also think of Tim Hawkinson’s Überorgan and David Byrne’s Playing the Building when imagining a building creating sound.
Playing the Building is quite good. I’d love to try it out. Did you see the copper pipes acting as wind instruments?
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