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Music For Eyes

by Nathan Liow

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Music For Eyes is a 20 minute work involving the application of social-practice artist Carmen Papilia's (CAN) sonic mobility-cane; a device that picks up textural and sonic information within the environment of it's user. The sonic information is routed into a custom engineered amplifier which digitally manipulates the signal before amplifying into the space around the user to hear and respond to.

Taking the cane and amp into the outside world resulted in Music For Eyes - a noise-piece and improvised piano work with its beginning seeds in the grains and textures of the surfaces that we walk upon. It draws our attention downward, but not inward. Rather, the work refocuses our visual centric minds to the feeling of what we step on everywhere we go - grass, rock, gravel, carpet, asphalt, and even the roar of the traffic that sends vibrations through the ground and into the cane - and these sounds' potential for musical application.

Inherent within Music For Eyes are the sonic markers of moving through the world, a salience of spacial experience that is at once voyeuristic and intimate. Liow takes this experience and masterfully translates this journey into a pianistic excursion, one that is textural, minimal and deeply thoughtful.

Music For Eyes and Carmen Papalia's sonic-mobility cane are exhibiting in April and May 2018 as a part of Incinerator Gallery's With Seeing Eyes Exhibition featuring local and international artists exploring issues of accessibility and disability, exhibiting art that challenges the dominance that sight plays within art experiences.

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released July 1, 2018

Mix & Master by Isaac Barter www.isaacbarter.com
Instrument/Object Design by Carmen Papalia carmenpapalia.com

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