…but in thingsis an immersive, interactive sound installation combining live transducer-activated resonant instruments and found objects with binaural bone-conducting headphone listening. (Covid restrictions will apply).
…but in things is part of an ongoing series of compositional installations and performance works using transducers that explore the nature of space, materiality, and the physicality of listening. Individually, audience members wearing wireless bone-conducting headphones enter the installation space filled with resonant found objects (such as metal sheets), metal percussion instruments, and string instruments, and found objects. Upon entrance, the installation comes sonically to life: sounds emerge from the objects, mixing with disembodied sound from the headphones. The installation reacts to their path through the space, responding to their distance to each object, the history of what has sounded, and the history of their movements to create an ever-changing, responsive, and personalized experience.
Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, sound installation artist, and educator. Following an early career as a free-jazz pianist in the fertile San Francisco Bay Area, he has developed a wide body of work that explores the relationships between performer, instrument, and listener. His diverse creations range from large-scale microtonal compositions to open improvisations to immersive sound installations – all unified by the analytic techniques and performative methodologies he has developed to bring forth the unique and subtle acoustic properties of individual musical instruments. Goodheart’s approach results in a “generative foundation” for exploring issues of sound in relation to physicality, perception, technology, and cultural ritual. His numerous awards and honors including the Berlin Prize in Music Composition, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and a Fulbright Grant. A lifelong teacher, he is and Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Rensselaer Polytechnic University. www.matthewgoodheart.com
Kosmas Giannoutakis (*1985 in Thessaloniki, Greece) studied piano and percussion performance, composition and computer music in Greece, Germany and Austria. Currently, he is attending the PhD Electronic Arts program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a focus on the impact of blockchain technology on artistic creativity. His works have been presented and received awards in numerous international festivals and conferences.
Naked Eye, Hidden Ear (collaborative immersive installation)
for piano and metal percussion (performance at Roulette Intermedium)
“Beyond the impressive technique and assured handling of the material, there’s a twilight sense of mystery and ambiguity haunting Goodheart’s music that makes it fascinating listening.”
– Boston Phoenix
“Possessed of a touch that encompasses all ranges of dynamics and feeling, and gifted with a prolific imagination”
– All About Jazz
Interview with ExBerliner
Toneshift review of Berlin Head Metal
National Sawdust review of Berlin Head Metal