Listening Garden

by Deupree + Willits

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"Listening Garden" was developed as a sonic alteration of two quiet indoor/outdoor tea spaces installed at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media in Yamaguchi, Japan in June of 2004. The audio installation was designed to heighten visitor's senses and alter the sonic space as they sat, read, or had quiet conversation amongst the trees. Taylor Deupree and Christopher Willits composed a number of short, randomly sequenced multi-channel soundworks using guitar and electronics. The fragments of sounds, while both gentle and subtly rich, are intentionally weathered, eroded and understated, generating a sonic bridge between the digital world of sound and the audiosphere of nature.

The audio on this CD is built from location recordings taken in the garden over the course of a week during the exhibit. The environmental and incidental sounds played a large part of the physical work and are captured and utilized in the recording. "Listening Garden" is meant to enhance the experience of simply sitting and enjoying one's place in time.

credits

released June 1, 2007

Shiro Yamamoto, Richi Owaki (image projection), Misuo Uno, Takuro Iwata (construction), Sachiko Tajima (lighting design), Katsuhisa Nomura (exhibition graphics)

Coproduction: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM)
Support: YCAM InterLab

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Christopher Willits San Francisco

A musician, artist, teacher based in SF who believes that music and art can catalyze inner change. Multiple solo albums + collaborations w/ the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tycho, on Ghostly, have created a diverse catalog with over 25 releases. Founder of the creative collective Overlap (overlap.org), and Envelop a 3D immersive audio platform making spatial audio accessible to artists (envelop.us). ... more

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