O+A Sound Stories are a collection of short videos created over the years while working together on projects. On the one hand, the videos talk about acoustic and psychoacoustic phenomena, musical situations, and how we operate and explore. On the other hand, they question our mostly urban living environments with a Hearing Perspective and Thinking […]
This Sound Installation for Europaallee in Zurich opened in September of 2020, turning ambient city noise into a field of harmony. A humane gesture to the ears of the public in the new walking street at the heart of the city.
2017 – Itaparica, Brazil 2017 Sacatar Residency Fellows Announced Itaparica, Bahia & Pasadena, California (September 01, 2017)Continuing the established tradition of quarterly announcements of the award of Sacatar Fellowships for creative individuals from around the world, Sacatar is honored to share the names of the six selected Sacatar Fellows who will participate in an eight- […]
2018 – The Rubin Museum of Art, NYC https://rubinmuseum.org/events/event/future-brainwave-bruce-odland-03-07-2018 When we think of time, we imagine spending it like money—wasting time, saving time—so our everyday existence is focused on the hours that pass or the minutes to come. Are we spending our time wisely? Can we have more time? Sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam […]
They resonated the ancient seat of Roman Power, The Palace of Galerius, with modern traffic noise transformed in real-time into harmony
Listening Space Ohren (Attika, 100 v. Chr.–400 n. Chr.), Marmor, 10 × 15,8 cm, Courtesy Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Foto: Ute Brunzel Sam Auinger und Bruce Odland, Präsentation einer gefilterten und gestimmten Stadt-Ambience Das Programm des Listening Space zielt darauf, Klang außerhalb etablierter Hierarchien der Musikproduktion und -aufführung zu erkunden. Die in Konzerten, Vorträgen und Performances […]
BONN HOEREN: URBAN SOUND ART SINCE 2010A Presentation and Panel Discussion Carsten Seiffarth, curator of bonn hoerenSam Auinger, sonic thinker and artistBruce Odland, sonic thinker and artist In the context of the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum’s exhibition “Listen Hear: The Art of Sound”, we highlight Germany’s long-standing activity in and around Sound Art in public […]
O+A tuned the soundscapes of two communities adjacent to Boston’s Ruggles Station, and created fields of harmony connecting Lower Roxbury, and Northeastern University.
The Song of Mexico City, a sound installation in an ancient cathedral, takes all the sounds from the surrounding industrial and human soundscape.
“space is not the place” by o+a investigates the role of hearing in reclaiming a sense of “place” in this ever accelerating world. what are the qualities of “place” and “non-place”, and what defines “placey-ness”? o+a address these questions in this newly commissioned lecture/performance that extends their long term artistic research towards a “hearing perspective” […]
The soundscape of Modernity, with its overwhelming array of machine generated standing waves amplified in canyons of glass and steel, has through the vicissitudes of history passed Brugge by. One can still take delight in Brugge’s human scale sound space of passageways, plazas, canals, cobblestones and courtyards without being overwhelmed by electrical hums, diesel motors, […]
2015 Boston Lecture/performance by O+A for electronics + field recordings of urban ecosystems with post-performance round table discussion led by Dietmar Offenhuber. Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut BostonDistrict Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA
2015 In this lecture, O+A will give insight into their research process by refering to 2 permanent sound installations (Harmonic Bridge, Massachusetts, and Sonic Vista, Frankfurt) and out of this showing evidence for why sound should be part of any design brief and they will talk about and sketch out possible methods, strategies and exercises […]
2013 – Rheinau, Switzerland Art-in-architecture commission for the Psychiatric University of Zurich / Rheinau Building http://rheinau.hearingview.info/en/
April 30th, 2013 in the subway tunnels underneath Köln, O+A, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger transformed the urban soundscape into harmony in real-time and created a dramaturgy of overtones and underground urban resonating spaces. The audience enters this underground dramaturgy of sounds and spaces in groups of 15, walking the resonating tunnels between underground stops, […]
Featured Artist: ars electronica 2011 Linz R2 is a real-time resonance work, a sound installation in a public space—the long, open courtyard area adjacent to the Lentos Art Museum’s entrance. Auinger and Odland’s work is an acoustic transformation experience: two resonance pipes perform a real-time transformation of the surrounding urban soundscape into a harmonic drone […]
Sonic Vista, by O+A, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger, is a permanent sound installation commissioned for the 20th anniversary of the Frankfurt Greenbelt.
in 2010 the Austrian sound artist and composer Sam Auinger lived and worked in town as Bonn’s first city sound artist. this research residency within the contextof Bonn Hoeren resulted in his piece Grundklang Bonn (Bonn basic sound) that can now be experienced in public space until the beginning of may 2011. Auinger‘s installation transforms the square in front […]
O+A were keynote speakers at the European Science Open Forum 2010
Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) Faculty Forum Art in Action: How Artistic Projects Inspire New Perspectives in Planning In planning, how often do we consider art-related views on urban space? What are the ways that artists help us relate to and understand public space? Can art foster public interaction and communication? In this […]
by O+AVocal score, Bruce OdlandSound score, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger taken from recordings of their installations turning city noise into music.Martha Cluver-Soprano, Hai-Ting Chinn-Mezzo, Geoffrey Silver-Tenor, Mark Uhlemann-bassVideo Produced and Edited by Stuart CulpepperCamera Operators Milton Kam, Steve Celestin, Jesse CowellAudio Recording by Ed Haber for NEW SOUNDS LIVE, WNYCPresented by John Schaeffer of […]
Judson Memorial Church / New York (USA) The sonic commons can be defined as any space where people share an acoustic environment and can hear the results of each other’s activities, both intentional and unintentional. Our eyes and ears are forced to deal with those results. This performance uses 4 Ear (dual binaural) recordings, live […]
O+A led a week long workshop with artists and students exploring and mapping the Seoul soundscape via the Insa Art Space of the Arts Council Korea. (think with your ears) since the renaissance we have had an agreed visual perspective, and language to speak accurately about images. this we still lack in the world of […]
Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger create an instrument that transforms the noise of daily life in Manhattan into a living harmonic series, allowing the visitor to hear the city as a symphony. A tuning tube suspended from the railing collects the sound of traffic, helicopters, and boats, all visible from the plaza, and transforms them […]
A real time sound installation that transforms street noise into harmonic sounds from the bus stop at the south-east corner of the intersection, creating a psycho-acoustic effect in public space in real time. The sound of traffic resonates as an under tone to the ambient sound and the resulting harmonies are played from two loudspeakers […]
Reynold Reynolds, Patrick Jolley, Samara GoldenSugar, USA 200532min video transferred from 16mm artstudioreynolds.com/facebook.com/Artstudio.Reynolds Music, J.G. Thirlwell;Sound designers, Bruce Odland, Sam Auinger.Actress: Samara Golden A young woman descends into madness in a gripping one-hour looped film by Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley. That’s what seems to happen, anyway, as the film’s nonlinear narrative and mix of […]
In July, 2004, O+A presented an early version of Requiem for fossil fuels which played for ten days at the Sophienkirche in Berlin. This first version was a concert installation for 8 channels of recorded sound, midi-controlled pipe organ, and video. The installation was commissioned by Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD and presented by 2004 Inventionen […]
O+A create 7 levels of alchemical sound fields from their Alphabet of Sounds in the spiral staircase tower high above the Danube river. Commissioned for the 25th Anniversary of ARS ELECTRONICA festival.
This temporary installation re-tuned the soundscape of the New York Harbor into a harmonic series, mixed by the moon and tides.
The most important new element of the project is the box: a shipping container, which has been prepared to receive a maximum of 10 listeners at a time. Its green color makes the box stand out distinctly from its surroundings. The tuning tube is on top of the box. It is mounted on a specially […]
klangkunstforum, parkkolonaden LOCATION klangkunstforum, parkkolonaden, potsdamer platz / berlin (D) DESCRIPTION pool ist eine klanginstallation von sam auinger und bruce odland. das klangmaterial der installation ist sogenannter umgebungslärm am potsdamer platz. drei resonanzrohre werden am gebäude der hvb projekt installiert und transformieren den lärm in musikalisches material.der installationsraum ist so gestaltet, dass er an eine schwimmhalle oder einen […]
The landmark millennium project, Earth Centre, opened to the public in 1999. The £50 million visitor attraction and ecological parkland cover 160 hectares of a former colliery site in South Yorkshire.
A Millennial Exhibition at the Field Museum. The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago has more than six thousand musical instruments in its collection. It’s opened its vaults and worked out a way for the public to hear them. Many have not been seen or heard in a hundred years. They are from all […]
Artists at the Music Winter Conference.
Cloud Chamber is an artistic exploration of the question: Can a city be heard as a harmonic symphony? It presents recordings from their sound installation series in which cities were made to resonate, and includes excerpts from their latest collaboration presented at New York City’s performance space. The Kitchen, in March, 1997. For the “Cloud […]
In 1997, before MASSMoCA opened, Director Joe Thompson decided to activate the town of North Adams with sound art. O+A noticed that the town and museum were divided by Highway 2 overpass, and the resulting road noise coming from the bridge made this division worse. They decided to bridge this division with harmony. They installed […]
BALANCE 1.0, Sonambiente Festival, Berlin1996 Sonic Alchemist’s Laboratory installed in the cellar of the Akademie der Kunst for its 300th Anniversary. Explorations by visitors hearing multiple perspectives and spaces simultaneously. O+A Planetspeakers 2.0 form separate listening chamber.
For the MANCA Festival in Nice, France, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger (O+A) created an architectural sound performance. Custom parabolic speakers beamed sound which bounced off the iconic Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art building. Sonic reflections were distinctly perceptible from the plaza below. O+A conducted a sonic “duel” with sound beams. Casual passersby stopped […]
Sound of gargoyle fountain activates a tuned harmonic series played back at strategic overlook of Miro Labyrinth. Odland. Roof of Fondation Maeght with Planet Speaker.
Real-Time tuning of subway and street sound sources as industrial digeridu, played over 4 steel “Cube” loudspeakers of O+A’s design. Fear Architecture, not Music. Cube speaker
Max Res was an installation by Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger which linked the Linz Railway Terminal , the Train Platform and the Ars Electronica Festival in a harmonic and melodic interface of human, machine, and information. The installation brought up questions of Public and Private Space ( which space is in your headphones if […]
CREATIVE TEAM Peter Sellars, Stage directorHamza El Din, Music (Composition and performed)Dunya Ramicova, CostumesJames F. Ingalls, Lighting designBruce Odland, Sam Auinger, Sound CAST Cordelia Gonzalez, AtossaMartinus Miroto, MessengerHowie Seago, Ghost of DariusJohn Ortiz, Xerxes Ben Halley jun., ChorusJoseph Haj, Chorus
1992 – Rome
Peter Erskine’s erskinesolarart.net solar spectrum environmental art installation, “Secrets of the Sun” at Rome’s Trajan’s Forum was supported by a sound installation “Traffic Mantra” by O+A, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger. In this excerpt, they demonstrate how to turn traffic noise into music using a Roman Amphora.
Resonating the old city of Salzburg to the six cardinal points for the 200th Anniversary of Mozart’s Death. 2000 years of history presented as sonic hologram for 25,000 spectators… w/ guitarist Adrian Belew. O+A 2nd act mock baroque battle of fireworks with Hohen Salzburg in background.
In honor of astronomer Johannes Kepler, O+A created a sound cosmology, Garden of Time Dreaming. On the 400th anniversary of the city of Linz in Austria, this cosmology played throughout the gardens of the Castle of Linz. 400,000 visitors attended. Commissioned by Ars Electronic and the Schloss Museum. At this point in time (1990), with […]
Fractal rhythms and melodies of water activate water guitar, harps, cymbals, and are heard from sculpture of speakers . Huckleberry Finn is evoked by fishing technology and contact microphones.