45° North - SAMP sound art installation
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 9:00am to Monday, June 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
45° North - SAMP sound art installation

45° North - SAMP sound art installation

Monday, June 3 - Friday. June 7
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Lincoln Studio Theater (LH 115)
Free and open to the public

The PSU Sonic Arts and Music Production program explores the natural cycle of circadian rhythms within the urban bustle of Portland with their visual and audio art installation, 45° N: Circadian Rhythms. Each student used a combination of field recording, synthesis, and other forms of audio editing to represent the soundscape of the location in an emotional and literal sense. To give the listener a more immersive experience, they developed a visual representation of their location with lighting evocative of the time of their recording.

Sound Art is an exploration of the aesthetic, emotional, and physical qualities of sound. Unburdened by the various theoretical frameworks which surround traditional music, the sound artist is free to utilize an unlimited palette of sounds. Sound artists critically examine human perception and our relationships with nature, time, space, our bodies and each other through the ephemeral medium of sound.

Melody, harmony and rhythm comprise the primary elements of music. We are conditioned by our musical culture to understand sound in these terms, limiting our possibilities of expression. Sound art, on the other hand, eschews these elements to avoid our culturally-defined expectations around music.
The foundations of sound art were set in the early Twentieth century by composers and musicians who set out to redefine our relationship with sound. Luigi Russolo’s The Art of Noises serves as an early manifesto: in our post-industrial society where we are constantly surrounded by noise, artists must free themselves to explore sound in itself with new instruments and techniques. Sound art emerged alongside the invention of computers, synthesizers, and acoustics while drawing influence from a diverse set of academic disciplines.