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Speaking of Sound

Sounds abound every day: voices, transportation, the natural world, technology, conflict. Speaking of Sound is a collection of sound stories, some soothing, some chaotic, some sought out, some unwanted.

Speaking of Sound is a sound installation documenting meaningful sounds memories. It was installed twice at UC Davis; in the Pitzer Center on March 3, 2017, and in the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Art Museum from June-July, 2017.

Visitors to the first installation (video above) wandered the halls and rooms of the Pitzer Center, listening to the sound recollections played over speakers in six different rooms. Each room presented memories from a particular aspect of life: transportation, environments, remarkable events, and more. A few of the sounds described in the memories were recorded separately and occasionally wafted through the rooms and hallways.

The intent was twofold: to provide documentation of sound memories, and to trigger memories and sounds in the mind of each visitor as they moved about the installation. The project grew out an interest in documenting stories and a desire to create a referential sensory experience. Each listener internally creates the sounds spoken of in the recordings differently in their own mind.

Speaking of Sound is an ongoing project. If you would like to contribute a sound memory of your own please contact me.

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