Elliott Sharp/ recent compositions

ELLIOTT SHARP : installations and visual art

Distressed Vivaldi

A soundtrack created for the “Model Home” exhibition at the Clocktower Gallery of PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York City, which opened on October 20, 1996. Two minutes of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was sampled into a Mac 2x with SoundTools and manipulated using a variety of software and hardware DSP to generate a sixty-minute piece in four sections. This soundtrack played continuously in the space. It was also duplicated by PS1 in a limited-edition cassette release.


Tag

An interactive audio installation created for the "Departure Lounge" group exhibition at the Clocktower Gallery of PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York City, which opened on Mar. 9, 1997. A number of microphones in boxes are placed around the exhibition space, accessible to the public. Signal from the mics is fed to a mixer and routed to a vocoder along with a soft metallic rhythm generated by a Roland TR505 drum machine. The midi output of the 505 modulates the vocoder, a Roland VP70, thereby modulating any audio input to the vocoder. This combined signal is fed to an 8-second digitaldelay and then to a number of speakers situated around the gallery. Through signage, the public is encouraged to enter their “tag” (any verbal utterance, whether a sound or speech) which then enters the soundspace, modulated and recycled. The continual refreshing of input information combined with the relaxed groove of the 505, creates an always-shifting sonic environment reflective of the transient population of the gallery.


VOLUME: Bed of Sound (associate curator)

HeadphoneRoomSpeakerRoom

Opening July 2, 2000, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Volume: Bed of Sound was a presentation of sound in two parts: an exhibition of 58 sound artists presented through headphones; and, in an a