SoundSpace: Not Bad Muzak

2020sun26jan2:00 pmsun4:00 pmSoundSpace: Not Bad MuzakThe 23rd edition of this award-winning series!

Event Details

Sunday, January 26, 2020
2-4 p.m.

Not Bad Muzak examines the way music is used to manipulate human behavior. Using elevator music as a point of departure, the program will explore the aesthetics and implications of sounds that control: the polished sheen of call center ’hold’ music, the soothing tones of corporate Kmart public address cassettes in the late 1980s, the use of ’Baby Shark’ as a tool of interrogation and torture, and the sonic weapons experienced by diplomats in Cuba in 2017.

Featuring work by line upon line percussion, Yowei Shaw (NPR’s Invisibilia) & Asian Arts Initiative, Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater, Bill Callahan), Michael Anthony Garcia & Kimberly Tamara Earls Pollini, Saakred, and Peter Stopchinski (Brownout, Golden Hornet), Alex Keller & Thomas Bey William Bailey, Seetha Shivaswamy & Thomas Echols, Sean J Patrick Carney, Alexa Capareda, and Jennifer Sherburn & Justin Sherburn. Presented in parallel with the Ed Ruscha Drum Skins project.

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SoundSpace is generously underwritten by Michael Chesser.

This event is included in the price of admission. Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.

Paid parking is available in the Brazos Garage on Brazos Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the museum for payment and validation.

About SoundSpace: SoundSpace is a dynamic concert series that brings together musicians and other creatives to connect visual and sound art. Now in its ninth season, the series demonstrates the Blanton’s commitment to nurturing collaborations that provide innovative experiences with art, inspire creativity, and support the educational mission of The University of Texas at Austin. SoundSpace is generously underwritten by Michael Chesser.

About Steve Parker: Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and curator who creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and behavior. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. He is the recipient of the 2018 Tito’s Art Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harrington Fellowship, the Best of Austin Award, and the Austin Critics’ Table Award.


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

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