Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Northeast Ohio Artist Uses Windows to Not Only See, but Hear

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Exhibition: November 18, 2012 – January 20, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Cleveland, OH, October 18, 2011—Christopher Auerbach-Brown, a Northeast Ohio experimental composer, creates an installation at SPACES using the gallery's large windows as both amplifiers and speakers. Sounds traveling through windows will be brought to life via contact microphones, wire coils and magnets, and occasional flashing lights. Windows will amplify sounds of the everyday for those in the galleries as well as individuals wandering by the galleries outside. This system will be utilized in performances both inside and, possibly, outside of the gallery.

He will also invite visitors to participate in "smartphone performances"—people will be able to use their smartphones as musical instruments which also project colored light as the performers move more or less in sync with each other. Anyone can participate in these performances too, even children.


Christopher Auerbach-Brown (b. October 2, 1970) is a composer and sound artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two kids. He teaches courses in sound art at the Cleveland Institute of Art, electronic music classes at Lakeland Community College, and lessons and classes in music theory and composition at the Music Settlement. He is also the New Media Education Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, where he creates podcasts and video, manages music concerts, handles MOCA's Twitter account, and gives educational tours to students as needed. He also plays alto saxophone, melodica, and musical saw in the group The Trepanning Trio. In the past he has participated in SPACELab in a collaborative installation with artist Andrea Joki, in 2008.

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