Join the Volumetric Society of New York and Harvestworks in presenting Russian sonic artist Taras Mashtalir and Cognition and Neuroscience scholar Marina Korsakova-Kreyn showcasing the unique relationship between sonic interfaces, form and the brain. This lecture, which has been previously been given at the MIT Media Lab will cover the concept of sonic sculpture, an interactive multimedia artifact that consists of an urban sculpture, either static or kinetic, accompanied by sound design in a multichannel configuration.
SonicSculptureConventional urban sculpture is silent. However, it is surrounded by sounds of the city and the constant stream of those sounds constitutes “sonic pollution.” By introducing sound design we refine urban microclimates and eliminate the sonic pollution by embracing the sounds of the city and including them in a composition that becomes a soundscape. The purpose of such a soundscape is to breath life into static sculptures and to create harmonious sonic aesthetics in the urban environment.
Sonic sculpture could benefit from data obtained in recent behavioral studies in music perception, particularly when the data is related to emotional responses to music. Moreover, sonic sculpture promises to make impact on music education by providing visual illustrations for explanation of quasispatial properties of melodic space and melodic objects. This might create a new vocabulary for explaining acoustics and music for learners of various background.
Taras Mashtalir is an artist, composer and sound designer, a classical musician turned electronic sound producer. His compositions are unique blend of different genres morphed together and wrapped into a new aesthetic fabric of electronic ambiance. For the past 12 years Taras has produced numbers of albums, collaborating with many major artists. The works also include multimedia installations, soundtracks for the films and animations, as well as music for TV ads and programs like Discovery Science Channel, History Channel, Speed Channel, etc.
Marina Korsakova-Kreyn – PhD in Cognition and Neuroscience. Music philosopher and scholar in music perception and cognition, professional pianist and music teacher – Taras Mashtalir – Marina Korsakova-Kreyn – Sonic Sculpture

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