I am a Manhattan-born sound-artist drummer, composer, and currently based in Brooklyn after finishing my Bachelor of Arts in Electronic and Experimental Music at Bard College in 2017.
My interest in interactive and experimental spaces has been informed by my seeking to create a dialogue between sound and art. By utilizing sound as both a form of art and as a medium, my immersive installations and performances benefit from sonic distraction to investigate the body as an instrument and listening device. One thing each of my works includes is the trope of attention, focus, and hearing, both lost and retrieved, as if the listener must reassemble a strayed train of thought.
I am mesmerized by psychoacoustics and constantly question whether concentration is enough to distinguish the origin of each sonic element. My sound art and electronic music explore the physical phenomena of sound and human auditory perception, to emphasize the dichotomy between hearing as passive reception and listening as active concentration. My work strives to accentuate not only the ear as a musical instrument, but also the innate correlation between the machinery of the human body and rhythm.
I often use the acoustic impression of low frequency binaural beats and high-pitched, dynamic tones from the ear canal to evoke a particularization of rhythm. The sonic intervals of sweeping, intricately overlapping sound patterns are heard and felt in a rhythmic resonance throughout the body. Not only does this bring attention to the sounds and their polyrhythms, but it also evokes an internal bodily response that the listener is forced to confront.
As a sound artist, composer, and interactive designer, immersive experiences are my art-form for project development. My organizational skill, time management, and familiarity with the production of experiential systems make me able to expedite results.
After a residency in electro-acoustic composition at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in February-March, 2018 with Robert Normandeau focusing on sound localization and spatialization, I am currently in Client Services as the Studio Assistant for Duotone Audio Group.
All photographs by Amanda Hakan.