May 24, 2018
115 East El Paso St
This open rehearsal, held in the site of Saturday's concert, introduced community members to two instruments developed by Atoui and brought to Marfa.
Beginning with a series of field recordings taken in collaboration with sound specialist Chris Watson at various sites in Elefsina, Greece (ancient ruins, an industrial port, and an abandoned oil factory), Atoui has developed a series of Sound Boxes – minimalist instruments containing diverse recordings of a specific place – that can be played, creating new compositions through improvisation. Focusing on harbors, Atoui has created Sound Boxes thus far for Elefsina, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore.
Atoui brought the Elefsina Sound Box to Marfa; sharing recordings from places around the world that highlight ideas of migration, shared identity, and the specificities of place.
ZERO POINT NINE
Zero Point Nine is an installation with nine monumental bass synthesizers, which produces ultra-low-frequency electronic sounds felt before they are heard. The artist’s interest in subsonic experience as music emerged from his previous work with non-hearing communities in the United Arab Emirates (Sharjah Art Biennial 2013) and Norway (Bergen Assembly 2016).
Developed in collaboration with software specialist Jeffrey Lubow (UC Berkeley, Center for New Music and Audio Technology), Greg Niemeyer (UC Berkeley, Digital Media in Art Practice), and Perrin Meyer (Meyer Sound), this instrument was conceived in order to create a concert accessible to all forms of hearing. This instrument facilitates new understanding, or a deeper way of perceiving space, through sonic resonance.
Following this rehearsal, participants were invited to participate in the public performances as musicians for Zero Point Nine.