The Grid of Prefixed Acousmatics

Resonant Spaces: Sound Art at Dartmouth
Curated by Spencer Topel and Amelia Kahl
Strauss Gallery, Hood Museum, Hanover NH
15 September - 10 December 2017

Sound often comes with anticipation, waiting to be performed and sometimes detached from its origin. The Grid of Prefixed Acousmatics is based on the concept of “acousmatic” sound, or sound that is heard, but with no visible source. This concept resonates with the French composer and writer Pierre Schaeffer’s “sound object” (l’objet sonore) theory, which describes how sound becomes an independent “object,” functioning without considering its origins. This allows any sound to be played from any source.

This project was done with the help from the Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Deborah Churchill, and Karin Rothwell.

Ceramics, charcoal and pen on paper
Photos by Rob Strong, Strauss Gallery & Dartmouth College