A New Take on Sound Art

posted by – 11/27/12 @ 12:01pm

Bill Seaver and Nathan Moore have long collaborated in the digital recording studio, creating the New Mediology podcast in which they discuss new media and technology. One day however, they were inspired to take this technology itself and transform it into a work of art. While recording a new episode, the two began to notice the captivating patterns of the sound waves displayed digitally on their audio software. This was the start of their new artistic venture, Epic Frequency. They take famous quotes, songs and sayings and display them in a visual format that can be hung on the wall. Iconic quotes range from Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to Barack Obama’s Inauguration speech, and everything in between. The erratic lines are not only visually pleasing, they also reveal interesting historical facts. Seaver explains, “In the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech you can see all of the points where Dr. King really inspired the crowd and you also get a sense of his speaking style in short, staccato phrases. It is very rhythmic and fascinating to see in its entirety.” Works can also be customized with personal quotes in individualized colors. In addition, a QR code is embedded in each piece, allowing viewers to listen to original recordings of the sound waves that they are seeing. Seaver and Moore’s creations are a unique synthesis of audio and visual art, with an interesting technological spin. More information about Epic Frequency can be found at their website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream"

 

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