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Bill Fontana

Australian Sound Sculptures

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Format: CD

Genre: Sound Art

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Two amazing sound droning sculptures works by environmental sound artist Bill Fontana. In Fontana's words, "I was fascinated with how familiar sound sources had many possible acoustical perspectives, and how the simultaneous perception of these possible perspectives could transform the acoustical meaning of the sound."
In 'Kirribilli Wharf' (1976), Fontana's goal was to capture the sounds of a water environment from multiple acoustical perspectives, and to accomplish that he placed microphones in eight holes in the dock, the result being a subtle and fascinating soundscape. 'Acoustical Views' (1988) was a sound sculpture realized on the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales during the 1988 Syndney Biennale. Fontana's idea was to associate sounds with the distant places that could be viewed from the art gallery, "to create a situation in which visitors to the Art Gallery could hear as far as they could see" across the city of Sydney. The recordings are perfectly done and the music is fascinating and beautiful.

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Cat. number: EB 203
Year: 1990
Notes:

Original material recorded 1976-88.

Acoustical Views was a sound sculpture realized on the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales during the 1988 Sydney Biennale.

Texts by Bill Fontana & Australian Broadcasting Corporation producer's Andrew McLennan.

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