sound art

Luigi Russolo’s intonarumori (noise machine), 1914

The Art of Noises classified “noise-sound” into six groups:

  1. Roars, Thunderings, Explosions, Hissing roars, Bangs, Booms
  2. Whistling, Hissing, Puffing
  3. Whispers, Murmurs, Mumbling, Muttering, Gurgling
  4. Screeching, Creaking, Rustling, Buzzing [5], Crackling, Scraping [5]
  5. Noises obtained by beating on metals, woods, skins, stones, pottery, etc.
  6. Voices of animals and people, Shouts, Screams, Shrieks, Wails, Hoots, Howls, Death rattles, Sobs


Sound Barrier by Maia Urstad

‘Sound Barrier’ by Maia Urstad,a sound installation consisting of some 130 CD and cassette radios assembled as a wall.
photo by watz


Sound Art South AfricaA general introduction to focus myself.
Although there are many artists using sound in their practises and many musicians turning towards art contexts to execute their work, Sound Art is still a relatively small medium in South Africa. A sound installation, by which I mean a work that has been created in response to a space and that uses sound as its primary medium for conceptual delivery, is a sight (and sound) that is quite foreign in our country. Local galleries (and in some circumstances artists and audiences) are still grappling hard enough with most new media art, that it is a stroke of good fortune to encounter a sound artwork inside their hallowed halls. This isn’t always a bad thing, and there are, of course, some exceptions?



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