ABOUT

The Contraphonic Sound Series is a project that aims to document cities through sound. The Sound Series consists of distinct approaches to accomplish this task:

A LOT YOU GOT TO HOLLER

The field recordings and sound pieces in the A Lot You Got to Holler section are ambient field recordings and collected soundscapes of Chicago that allow one to listen in and interact with places on a map.

TONAL DRIFT

Tonal Drift is a collaboration with Adham Fisher of 1000 Stations.

Tonal Drift is an examination of place through the medium of sound, made via cut-up field recordings from locations across London, the Greater UK, and Chicago.

FOURTH RIVER

A Pittsburgh-focused series of curated and composed pieces by musicians sonically exploring a particular place, event, neighborhood or moment across their city’s history. The resulting work is released digitally with an accompanying booklet of essays and photos on the topic at hand.

LITTLE HELL

The Chicago complement to Pittsburgh’s Fourth River series.


BACKGROUND

Sound is an oftentimes overlooked medium to engage the characteristics of cities and towns. Sound not only reveals the characteristics of a given place – think, the age of transit infrastructure revealed by the squeal of steel-on-steel or the subdued hum of electric trains –  but also challenges the preeminence of visual culture to define a sense of place.

Sound can be utilized in the search for authentic civic identities in an age of universal aesthetic qualities.


Press on the Sound Series

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Public Radio