Posted on | September 19, 2011 | 11 Comments
Axiom is pleased to present a new exhibition by sound artist Ben Houge, featuring his real-time, six-channel, algorithmic sound installation Kaleidoscope Music, on display from October 6 through November 6. An opening reception for the show will take place on Thursday, October 6, from 6-9 pm.
Kaleidoscope Music takes its inspiration from the idea of a kaleidoscope, a device that refocuses attention on our everyday surroundings, transforming them into something unexpected and beautiful. This real-time, computer-based sound installation manipulates ambient sound from around the Green Street subway stop, layering it and running it through a bank of filters to extract harmonic tones in an ever-changing array of chords and rhythmic patterns. The algorithmic nature of the piece ensures that it never repeats itself; rather it is designed to ebb and flow, evoking the rhythm of natural processes like rainfall and tides. The piece runs continuously, with no beginning or end; visitors are welcome to stay for as long as they like. For more information on the piece, visit Ben’s successful Kickstarter page.
In addition to Kaleidoscope Music, the exhibition will feature digital prints from Ben’s series 29 Giraffes, algorithmic reconfigurations of neon lights from Shanghai’s famous East Nanjing Road.
Ben Houge is a recent transplant to Boston, where he has quickly become embedded in the local new media art community, with presentations of his work at the Boston Cyberarts Festival, MIT, Boston Post-Mortem, Opensound, Outpost 186, and Whitehaus Family Record. Prior to moving to Boston, Ben lived in Shanghai for the past six years, where he was active in the experimental sound and art community, performing and exhibiting widely. Previously, in Seattle, Ben founded the Sound Currents concert series and contributed to the award-winning Seattle School composers’ collective from its inception. Ben currently teaches video game music at the Berklee College of Music and Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, and this fall he is an Artist in Residence at MIT, working on sonification of real-time sensor data. For more information, visit www.benhouge.com.