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Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

January 21, 2020

Grace Ebert

Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

“Ghost Box” (2018). All images © Steve Parker

Artist and musician Steve Parker’s latest interactive projects invite viewers to feel the music⁠—literally. Activated by touch, “Ghost Box” plays randomized audio segments on a loop, including the ticks of Morse Code, the chorus of spirituals, and the blows of the shofar and Iron Age Celtic carnyx. Each time someone makes contact with a part of the wall sculpture, a new noise emits. Inspired by WWII era short wave radio, the mounted piece is constructed from a mix of salvaged brass, tactical maps, paper musical scores, wires, map pins, electronics, audio components, and an instrument case. The name even references the paranormal tool sometimes employed when people try to communicate with those who have died.

In line with “Ghost Box,” Parker created “Ghost Scores,” which is an ink on paper, pins, and electrical wire combination that mimics a music staff and markings, or visual language. In a statement about the project, the artist links the audio-visual work more explicitly to its history.

The Ghost Army was an Allied Army tactical deception unit during World War II. Their mission was to impersonate other Allied Army units to deceive the enemy. From a few weeks before D-Day, when they landed in France, until the end of the war, they put on a “traveling road show” utilizing inflatable tanks, sound trucks, fake radio transmissions, scripts, and sound projections.

The Austin-based artist’s audio-visual projects often combine real-time interactions with pre-recorded calls and music. His 2018 project, “Sirens,” which plays intermittent distress signals and recorded voices based on traditional defense noises, features multiple brass bells connected to a central conduit, allowing the alarms to be amplified in several places.

Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

“Ghost Box” (2018)

Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

“Sirens” (2018)

“ASMR Étude #1” depends on the viewer having an auto sensory meridian response, a phenomenon during which a tone causes a tingling sensation in the listener’s body. Using a pair of headphones with two brass bells attached to each side, the wearer moves near small speakers mounted on a wall, generating the sounds, and hopefully, the prickly feeling.

A group of Parker’s projects are on view at CUE Art Foundation in New York City through February 12, and you stay up to date with his work on Twitter. (via Design Milk)

Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

“Ghost Scores” (2018)

Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

“Ghost Scores” (2018)

Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

“Ghost Scores” (2018)

Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

“ASMR Étude #1” (2018)

Brass Horns Mounted in Interactive Sculptures by Steve Parker Emit Sound By Touch

“Ghost Box” (2018)

 

 

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