Creative Soundmaking: Microphones and Ambient Sound
NULL POINT SOUND GARDEN PROGRAM
SUNDAYS 1-3PM, FREE
This free program cultivates community through collective soundmaking and listening, featuring workshops, performances, installations, soundwalks, and open rehearsals.
Over the course of five Sunday afternoons, the programs explore a variety of ways to grow sonic languages organically out of Artpark’s existing soundscape and landscape. Each week’s program will consist of two parts: a laboratory where the public can observe Null Point’s artists at work in rehearsal and installation, and a workshop aimed at introducing the general public to place-based soundmaking and listening.
The program features four new works by Null Point’s own composer-performers, commissioned by Artpark specifically for the occasion; scores and documentation of these pieces will be published in a future.
These works explore ways of building musical languages from the ground up in dialogue with Artpark’s soundscape and landscape. As such they are both cutting edge and accessible—they reimagine what music is, but do so through interchange with the familiar everyday sounds and materials of Artpark, and through interactive and participatory strategies. Music is remade into something radically new, and yet at the same time opens itself to concrete input from the everyday events of a place. Building on the site-specific sculpture residency program of Artpark’s early days, this program situates art as a way to heighten collective connections to a place. These works foster intensely interdisciplinary intersections between music (experimental, rock, classical, electronic), sound art, meditation, sculpture in the expanded field, social practice art, critical pedagogy, and creative placemaking.
The program will include new work by Arrow Fitzgibbon for amplified ground and environmental sound. Performed by Null Point artists.
Presented by Lena Nietfeld for soundmakers of any background imitating ambient sound with found environmental materials and bodies
The afternoon will include a soundwalk exploring Artpark’s soundscape; "Deep Listening Pieces" by Pauline Oliveros. Performed by Null Point artists.
August 12 - Creative Soundmaking with Microphones and Ambient Sound
New work by Ethan Hayden for microphones, laptop, and speakers. Performed by Null Point artists.
August 26 - Program Culmination
Featuring new work by Colin Tucker for untrained and trained soundmakers with electric guitar, found environmental materials, and speakers.
PLACE part 10, a piece by David Dunn for instruments and found environmental materials. The program will also include a talk celebrating the release of Null Point’s guest edited issue of Sound American on the music of David Dunn. Performed by Null Point artists.
NULL POINT FEATURED IN SOUND AMERICAN
Buffalo-based presenting organization, Null Point, takes over Sound American for this very deep dive into the music and philosophy of the great, under-appreciated composer DAVID DUNN in this very special issue concentrating on their recent performance of his seven-hour epic PLACE.