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Silicon Valley Open Studios
May 1st & 2nd
11:00am – 5:00pm
Shannon Amidon's Studio
492 Arleta Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

Compartment is pleased to continue their collaboration with Shannon Amidon this year at Open Studios. Compartment will be previewing a new adaptive live sound installation prior to it's debut at the Kaleid Gallery the following Friday. Digital images from the art presented will be used to transform both pre-recorded audio and live audio captured from the studio resulting in a true melding of the visual art and aural art.

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Efflorescence
Featured Artist Exhibit
Opening Reception May 7th 6pm
Show Runs May 7th - 28th
Kaleid Gallery
88 South 4th Street
San Jose, CA 95112

An integral part of the Shannon Amidon Efflorescence exhibit is a collection of auditory journeys entitled “Incremental Phases” presented by Compartment and inspired by Amidon’s pieces. Each sonic tableau invokes the slow developing processes and ethereal images that inspired the music. Each piece creates an aural space in which the art resides. The pieces are made up of recorded, altered and synthesized sounds. The sounds, like the prints themselves, are allowed to evolve in their own time, exposing the intrinsic characteristics of each element, both in individual and integrated form.

At the opening of the show, Compartment will be presenting an adaptive live sound installation. Digital images from the art presented will be used to transform both pre-recorded audio and live audio captured from the gallery. For opening night only, come see a true melding of the visual art and aural art.

Some excerpts from "Incremental Phases" - Best enjoyed with headphones

Arctic (Mp3 Excerpt)

Bizerte (Mp3 Excerpt)

Stargazer (Mp3 Excerpt)

Wish (Mp3 Excerpt)

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Bustling

“Bustling”
is an immersive, eight speaker surround sound installation inspired by Shannon Amidon’s art series, “Into Pieces,” and was first presented on May 17th and 18th, 2008, at an outdoor installation coinciding with the Silicon Valley Open Studio event. “Bustling” represents 24 hours in the South American jungle, starting at the quiet of midday, shadowing the activity of the night and coming back to the relative calm brought on by the heat of the sun. The piece explores the musicality of speech, driven by rhythm and drums and incorporates recordings of the jungle in Peru. The spoken phrases are taken from text used in the art series, describing various kinds of insects depicted in the art.

Originally presented outdoors, the installation was constructed such that the listener would be surrounded by the eight speakers. Elements of the composition move from speaker to speaker, sometimes to create the feeling of movement around the listener and other times to create a call and response or a conversation. In order to present the piece here in a form that can best imitate the experience, Compartment has made a binaural recording (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binaural_recording) of the installation. In order to have the best experience possible, please wear stereo headphones while listening. While it is not a perfect representation, it is the best way to turn 8 speakers into 2. Compartment recommends taking your mp3 player and headphones to a park and sitting in a patch of sun-drenched grass.

To Download Bustling click on the links below.

Bustling - Full Length - 8 miniutes

Bustling - Sample Exerpt - 1.5 miniutes

 

Diagram of Speaker Setup:

Bustling Diagram