Cover the Water

by The Holladay Brothers

Cover The Water is a new site-specific composition by acclaimed multimedia artists and composers The Holladay Brothers. Visitors can experience the work while at Artpark via free mobile app available now for download for Apple and Google Play/Android devices.

The Location-Aware composition is an interactive sonic celebration of the beauty, topography and history of Artpark. The work utilizes GPS and other dynamic data from the user’s mobile device to enable them to traverse a sonic work comprised of hundreds of musical motifs, field recordings and other nodes of sound that dovetail into one another. The piece evolves differently depending on the user’s chosen speed, path and location in the park.

"While this is not the first in our series of Location-Aware compositions, it is the first since the Coronavirus outbreak. In jarring fashion, our use of shared space has been altered dramatically and so many of the activities that connect us have been put on hiatus. We’re interested in the idea of using what may inevitably be a solitary pursuit and allowing the user to contribute from within the app to a larger tapestry. How can we create the feeling of humanity and connectedness within this new reality?” stated Ryan and Hays Holladay.

About the Holladay Brothers
Hays and Ryan Holladay create innovative music experiences that celebrate the act of discovery. With a shared background in composition and music production, their projects span a range of fields and disciplines and frequently invite user interaction, blurring the lines between performer and participant. From sound and video installations to mobile apps, their expansive body of work represents an intricate blend of art and technology that reimagines how we interact with and experience sound. The Holladay Brothers have garnered critical acclaim as sound pioneers and multi-dimensional storytellers.

Their first production, “The National Mall,” a location-aware album mapped to the eponymous park in Washington, DC, was described by the Washington Post as “magical…like using GPS to navigate a dream” and was included in their list of the year’s top albums (a first for an app). They’ve since gone on to create similar works for New York’s Central Park, SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX, and other sites around the world, partnering with groups like IBM and the U.S. State Department in the process. As a Senior TED Fellow, Ryan spoke about the project at the annual TED Conference.

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