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Wednesday, October 19 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink: An Introduction to Noise in Contemporary Art and Music

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Disruptive, disturbing, and dangerous are all adjectives associated with the word noise. This is a logical response because noise will likely trigger our auditory startle response to propel us out of harm’s way. Considering this, it is reasonable to deem the experience of noise unfavorably and something to be avoided. However, several artists and composers have chosen to think about noise differently. Using unconventional instruments and techniques, artists such as Luigi Russolo, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, and others use noise as an art material to challenge power structures, make political statements, collaborate, and provide contemplative atmospheres. They transduce noise into creative possibilities, thus amplifying its power beyond the auditory realm. I intend to recognize some of these artists and unearth their meaningful work. However, noise-based art can be difficult to classify, so I will use some established and some self-created categories to clarify. They include collage/montage, performance, material, noise-music, and new applications.

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Mary Mazurek

Audio Educator/ Recording Engineer, University of Lethbridge
Audio Educator at the University of Lethbridge. GRAMMY-nominated recording engineer based in Lethbridge, AB and Chicago, IL. Research & professional work: classical and acoustic music recording, live radio broadcast, podcasting, the aesthetic usage of noise, noise art, sound art... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2022 2:00pm - 2:20pm EDT
  Psychoacoustics and Perception
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