Sonic Panoramas

by Tara Rodgers

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Sonic Panoramas is a series of panoramic portraits of cities, with red, green, and blue color data converted to sound. It explores ways of representing place and landscape using digital information rather than more conventionally representational field recordings. Color information captures the light, weather, architecture, and vibrancy of a location at particular moments in time. Data in digital images become source material for music. Sites were selected for their reputation as characteristic vistas of these cities, like postcard images. Sound palettes and data mapping decisions were inspired by the atmosphere in the photographs. In most cases, the spatial location of a sound in the stereo field is related to the location of the associated pixel in the panorama.

The Vancouver series was originally composed and presented in 4-channel surround sound. The New York City series utilizes 1-minute field recordings from the time and place of the panoramic photos, which are time-stretched and processed by a resonant filter whose properties are shaped by the color information in the photos. To view the associated images, visit: safety-valve.org/blog/music-and-sound/sound-art/sonic-panoramas/

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released February 3, 2013

These Sonic Panoramas and others were created for the Damn Your Eyes: the infinite dimension of sound exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2008), and with support of artist residencies at the Western Front, Vancouver (2007) and Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn (2009).

Recommended for headphones or speakers that reproduce a wide range of frequencies.

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Tara Rodgers Maryland

Tara Rodgers is a multi-instrumentalist composer and historian of sound. She started her career as a jazz pianist and has since been making house and techno as Analog Tara, and composing generative computer music in SuperCollider, over many years.

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