The Secret Life of Plants

 

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In Spring of 2014, I was granted a residency at Leland Iron Works in Oregon City, Oregon.  I spent my time at Leland Iron Works exploring the intersection of nature and technology by combining various natural materials found on site with conductive materials, such as conductive embroidery threads, to make functioning electronic speakers. Building technology in the field, making such things as ‘leaf speakers’ and ‘seed speakers’, amplifying the sounds of nature, and introducing compositions as interpretations of the landscape, my aim was to find out what natural materials make good membranes for moving air and translating digital audio files into airwaves that can be heard. This experimentation resulted in small scale, temporary, site-specific sound installations at Leland Iron Works. My goal was to compose, install, and record a series of sound pieces that raise poetically significant questions about the complex relationships between language and landscape. These relationships have a long and rich history.

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