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|BRUCE ODLAND||SOUND ARTIST, COMPOSER, SONIC THINKER|
|CURRENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS|
|I've been working with Michael Schneider at ESI design to make an interactive media wall for Terrell Place in Washington, DC. The media environment changes with time and sensor data from the inhabitants who'se motion through these hallways shapes the ambient soundscape, derived from musical references in Mary Church Terrell's wonderful autobiography, "A Colored Woman in a White World". Architect Magazine vimeo|
|The TANK Center for Sonic Arts
now has its certificate of occupancy. We had an amazing open
house in Rangely in September, and we will have our Grand Opening in
the spring of 2016. We've got a road, power, parking, a control
room, a deck, ventilation, a new door large enough for a Hammond
B3. Check out the TANKSOUNDS website. Soon we will be taking proposals.
|O+A made a trip to HARMONIC BRIDGE at MASSMoCA and made this audio video documentation.
The installation has now been transforming road noise into harmony for
17 years. Here we take you on a tour from the cars to the
resonating tubes, and down to the cube loudspeakers. Noise into
|"RUGGLES CONDUIT" by O+A will sonically link two communities, Northeastern University and Roxbury with a new sound installation in Boston's Ruggles Station. The asymetry of power between the communities can be read out in the soundscapes O+A will tap to create a harmonic conduit between the two. It will be part of "Sound and City" a major exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Spring of 2017.|
|"MILE LONG OPERA" In the fall of 2017, the Highline in NYC will be engulfed in a site specific opera. Concept by Liz Diller, Music by David Lang. Odland will create the sound design.|
"SAGA" is an Oratorio for chorus, soloists, hardanger fiddle and organ
that traces the history my DNA from the earliest written words of the
Norse poetic Edda and the People born of Ice and Fire, to the flat
plains of South Dakota. The project was instigated and commissioned by
my father, Paul. The Libretto is by Mary-Ann Greanier. The
Ting Chin will be the mezzo soloist. I'm working with the remarkable Laura Ellestad to develop the fiddle part .
|"Harmonic Bridge" ,O+A, has been beautifully restored at MASSMoCA after running for 16 years. It is now online, streaming 24x7 with a live feed from MASSMoCA. Live Webcam. It is located just outside of the parking lot for the museum, under the Highway 2 Bypass Viaduct in North Adams, MA. video...|
|RECENT AND PAST PROJECTS
|The PNC Beacon, opened October 1st, 2015, in downtown Pittsburgh in the Lobby of the new PNC Tower. The smart skyscraper sensors and data system provide the mix information for data driven light displays and soundscapes responding to weather, energy usage, and all the elements that make this brilliant building so Green. ESI Design invited Bruce to create the sound world and workings for this futuristic and entirely useful sculpture.|
|"Quiet is the New Loud" a new work by O+A for the Brugges Triennale, May 20- Oct 18, 2015. Lighter than air loudspeakers accompanied participants along "songlines" of pristine Mideval architectural spaces, emitting special signals at GPS coordinates awakening the frozen music of the architecture, and making perceivable the special quality of Brugge's exceptional quietude. Focus TV|
|"Fast Forward", for the opening of the new Whitney Museum was a 5 channel sonic spatial narrative compressing three centuries of infrastructural history of Manhattan and its people into a 77 seconds burst. Created by Bruce Odland, with video by Chris Kondek, for the Wooster Groups ironic ribbon cutting ceremony.|
|"Cry Trojans", Wooster Group's version of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cresida played at the Singapore International Festival of the Arts, September 18-21 2014. Bruce did the soundscore and music. It toured to Brussels May, 2014.|
"HEARING VIEW, Rheinau" O+A is now open at the oldest Psychiatric Clinic in Switzerland. The installation creates a field of harmonic sound that responds to the sounds of the surrounding environment, and when activated by the presence of a listener releases sounds from the Rheinau Library, a collection of peaceful regional nature sounds from all four seasons recorded by O+A. (more)
One of my first
commissions, "The Sky is Whole and
Clear", ca. 1975 was an antiphonal choral work for
children's voices based on texts by Lao Tsu. It was performed again
in Denver by the marvelous Colorado Children's Chorale in March of 2014.
by David Davidson,
(Score by Bruce Odland) on the life and times of the seminal Dada
artist had its New York premiere Feb 25th, 2:30 pm, Bruno Walter
Auditorium at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. It has been included
in major Richter exhibitions at LACMA and the Pompideu Center.
|"Grasses of a Thousand Colors" Wallace Shawn's most recent play, directed by Andre Gregory ran at the Public Theatre October 7th through November 24, 2013. Music and Sound by Bruce Odland. Tickets, NYTimes Review|
|"urban space-urban sound" O+A, April 30 5-10pm. For the opening concert of the ACHT BRÜCKE/ Music für Köln festival, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger resonated the empty subway tunnels beneath Köln with real-time retuned sounds gathered from the city above. The architecture of the urban infrastructure became the concert acoustic for the sounds that make a city pulse. With Hannes Ströbl. Curated by Carsten Seifarth. Press.|
|"HEARING SPACE" Bruce's audio visual love song to the Hudson River Valley will opened Jan 17th at the new ArtsWestchester galleries, White Plains, NY . This 5-channel audio installation with video clues contains the most intimate nature recordings Bruce has ever made and a 50 foot scroll of the year long process of creation. It was previously presented by Peekskill Projects of the HVCCA in 2013 <pictures and videos>|
|2012 Prix Ars Electronica, Digital Music and Sound Art, Honorable Mention was won by "Sonic Vista" by O+A. This live real-time transform of the city soundscape into a harmonic observation area on a bridge across the Main River in Frankfurt Germany was commissioned by the Greenbelt of the City of Frankfurt for their 20th Anniversary. (Link to Ars Electronica)|
|"Song of Survival" is for all the brave people who are really living it, Occupying Public Space, Occupying their Lives, their Jobs, their Art. The song is played on an orchestra of instruments I built in the outback of Australia, and is inspired by that landscape and people. Video. - Blog. - Soundcloud.|
|"Troilus and Cressida" Wooster Group played the Trojans and Royal Shakespeare Company playde the Greeks in Shakespeare's love-crossed Trojan War mashup. Bruce played a live sound-score and the role of Priam, King of Troy. It was part of the World Shakespeare Festival and Olympic Arts, London 2012. Performances took place in Stratford on Avon at the Swan Theatre, and London's Riverside Studios. (the video blog)|
|"Sonic Vista" a new resonance installation by O+A links the north and south portions of Frankfurt's Greenbelt for its 20th Anniversary.The whole city can be heard from this sonic observation point on the bridge at the center of the Main river crossing. It opened October 2, 2011. In 2012, O+A received an PRIX Ars Electronica, honorable mention for this work. (video). (pictures) (soundcloud)|
|" my eyes. . . my ears. . . " O+A's take on the politics of the senses will be performed at this years Ars Electronica Festival (Sept 3rd 6pm, LENTOS, Linz Austria) Sam Auinger was the featured artist of the Ars Electronica 2011.|
|Soundcloud produced a very interesting video with sound artists including Bruce Odland, Moby....... "We love sound. Hear from sound experts and friends of SoundCloud why sound is so important to the way we connect with the world." (video link) (Bruce's Soundcloud link)|
|"THE GREEN ". Bruce was invited by Laurie Anderson to co-direct an extensive sound park at the site of a new Frank Gehry building on the Novartis Campus in Basel Switzerland. It's official opening will be July 7th 2011, with new musical programming by Laurie and Bruce. This 25 channel installation uses ephemeral sounds to alter the sonic identity of Novartis' Campus main plaza.|
|John Schaefer's broadcast "Requiem for fossil fuels" by O+A on his NEW SOUNDS program on WNYC 93.9 FM. Recorded during a live performance at the World Financial Center November 12, 2010 with Martha Cluver-soprano, Hai-Ting Chinn-mezzo soprano, Geoffrey Silver- tenor, Mark Uhlemann-bass Wall St. Journal Article. Listen to the broadcast.|
for fossil fuels performed live at
FINANCIAL CENTER Winter Garden. November
12, 2010. Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo; Martha Cluver, soprano; Geoffrey
Silver, Tenor; Mark Uhlemann, Bass; Sam Auinger playing an 8-channel
orchestra of cities - Bruce Odland conducting. Sponsored by New Sounds
Live, curated by WNYC's John Schaeffer. Video.
Wall St. Journal Article.
|O+A performed Requiem for fossil fuels in San Jose's St Joseph Cathedral September 18th,2010 as part of the 01SJ Biennial. The performance consists of an 8 channel "orchestra" of resonances extracted from cities around the world, played live by O+A, and their new setting of the Requiem text for four virtuosic singers. More information.|
|O+A gave a keynote talk on July 7th to the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF)in Turin Italy "Towards a Hearing Perspective" introducing their work to an international audience of scientists and students and encouraging ongoing investigation of why our world has come to sound the way it does.|
|"Phyllis and Harold" by Cindy Kleine,chronicles the filmmaker's parents’ disastrous 59 year marriage and addresses the effects of secrecy on the family. Bruce wrote the music. It was held over for 4 weeks at LAEMMLE'S MUSIC HALL in Beverly Hills and LAEMMLE'S FALLBROOK in Encino after being held over 3 weeks in New York at Cinema Village.|
|"North Atlantic" Bruce joins the Wooster Group in remounting its Cold War Classic. It will be at the Barishikov Art Center, 450 West 37th Streetin New York City , March 10- April 25, 2010 Tickets|
|"Future of Noise" was broadcast on CBS Sunday Nov, 8th with Mo Rocca interviewing O+A. We were in process of gathering materials for our new performance piece "my eyes. . . my ears. . . " Why do we live in a culture where the highest art (Moma Sculpture garden) sounds like any taxi stand? watch|
"my eyes. . . my ears. . . " A new performance piece by O+A explores perception, memory and the failure of the 'sonic commons'. Premiered at the Ear to the Earth Festival in NYC October 2009, and was presented April 7,2010 in Montreal April 7th, 2010 sponsored by IRHA, Concordia University, and McGill University.
Commissioned by Ear to the Earth Festival
La Didone, performed by the Wooster Group, Musical Direction and Sound Design by Bruce Odland, was at REDCAT in Los Angeles from June 11-2. It is really a treat for the senses. New York Times Review. LA Times "I heartily recommend it to all fearless theatergoers as part of their annual neural-pathway tuneup."
|"Grasses of a Thousand Colors", Wally Shawn's new play will premier at the Royal Court, London, May 12- June 13, 09. Directed by Andre Gregory, Music and Sound by Bruce Odland.|
|"Harmony in the Age of Noise", 2008,was a cross disciplinary examination of the politics of hearing and seeing using the Tufts University Campus as a living psychoacoustic map. Anthropologist David Guss teams up with Bruce Odland to generate a campus and community wide discourse which will culminate in a sonic intervention on top of the Tisch Library that allows visitors to explore the politics of their senses. With sculptor Mark McNamara and new media artist Michael Luck Schneider. Press and Reviews.|
Think with Your Ears
Odland and Auinger led a week long workshop with artists and students exploring and mapping the Seoul soundscape.
channel sound environment with visual clues at THE
STUDIO in Armonk NY, Sept 29- Nov 11 2007. Listening deeply to the
world in which we live and finding beauty, music and information in ice,
water, wind, weather. A five channel surround DVD with center channel
of video which alters the normal ratio's of senses in this medium, foregrounding
"We now face the passing of our way of life dependent on fossil fuels, and hope to gain insight by examining the sounds of our culture through the lens of the "Requeim Mass".
Performed live by O+A on an 8-channel "Orchestra of Cities" with Martha Cluver-soprano, Hai Ting Chinn- mezzo soprano, John Young-tenor, Joshua South-bass. NY Times article.
"La Didone" an early Venetian Opera (Cavali 1641), with the Wooster Group. I'm the anti- maestro, and we are trying to include both the 17th and 21st centuries simultaneously. It has been seen at festivals in Brussels, Rotterdam, EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 07 Edinburgh, Scotland Herald review, Luxemburg Festival . It will come to New York and Los Angeles in 2009.
|"The Fever" Wally Shawn is performing his brilliant monologue at The Acorn Theatre, till March 3rd 2007. I made the sonic space which is like being in Wallys Brain, and I highly reccomend going for both personal and political reasons.|
|"Good Vibrations" by Bruce Odland and Michael Luck Schneider, for MCA Bella International Artist in Residence Project, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Sidney, Australia. We used a period 60's trailer to make a mobile installation about perception and memory. We went to 6 schools around Sydney and worked with groups of students with disabilities, who loaded the caravan's memory with images and sounds to be remixed with touch. Here's the blogsite.|
"Elevated Harmonies" O+A -the whole range of fossil fueled madness that drives the economy was reduced to harmonic intervals in an installation at the Elevated Acre, 55 Water St. NYC. For the Ear to the Earth Festival, Oct, 2006.
Harmonies" O+A (bruce odland and sam auinger) created an installation reducing the street sounds of the German "Motor City", Stuttgart, into
harmonic resonances for the World
New Music Festival
in July 2006. German car executives, sharing the plaza, dropped
by our tuning process to find out why we just now made the cars
louder. "But that was the sound of us turning our installation
A 5-channel sound installation by Bruce was part of the installation by
Tony Oursler and Dan Graham, with live music by the punk duo,
Japanther. It was based on the much talked about puppet rock opera "Dont Trust Anyone over
Thirty" which premiered at Miami Art Basil, 2004, and went on to tour Berlin, Vienna, and the Walker Art Center.
|"Thousand Years Waiting" Feb 24-March12 @ PS122, an extraordinary new play by Chior Miyagawa, with an original score by BruceOdland, "Time Tunnels", puts ancient instruents in the lens of modern technology.|
|"Phantom Canyon" an exquisite 10 min animation by Stacey Steers showed at New Directors/New Films at MOMA and Lincoln Center, April 1-2. This is Stacey and Bruce's third film together. It will be at the Sundance Festival January 2007.|
|"Bone Songs " Andre Gregory's poetic exploration of his wife Chiquita's death from cancer was performed at the 92nd St. Y May 24th, and I made the aural and musical environment live.|
|"Sonic Vista" a resonance installation by O+A links the north and south portions of Frankfurt's Greenbelt for its 20th Anniversary.The whole city can be heard from this sonic observation point on the bridge at the center of the Main river crossing. It opened October 2, 2011 and is part of a larger scale long term study and intervention into the Frankfurt soundscape (pictures)|
Bridge" by O+A in the collection of MASSMoCA,
North Adams, Mass. since 1998 under the Highway 2 overpass by the parking
lot, this real-time resonance installation converts roadnoise into harmony.
|Tonic" in the collection of the City of West Hollywood, California. The SE corner of Santa Monica Bvld, and San Vincente. Operates 24 hours a day.|
Here's some links.
O+A sound installations of Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger.