Aug 27, 2017
I always enjoy talking to people about Sound Art, because it is so undefined. If you take sound/composition, then remove the requirement to 'make music', what is left? Turns out, there's a whole world of exploration, and these artists are in the middle of it.
Cathy van Eck is helping the cause: she has written a book about her view of the Sound Art world (Between Air and Electricity: Microphones and Loudspeakers - available here), kicked off a website that helps her accumulate Sound Art examples (http://microphonesandloudspeakers.com/), and maintains an active performance practices. Her work (you can see it here) catches my brain in the right way, and it was what drew me into talk to her.
And the talk was fascinating. We dove into some of her perspectives on performance, composition, sound vs. music and the process of teaching something as esoteric as art. We also get to chat about some of the individual works, and how she approaches each one. A great view into an artist's mind.