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The Ecology of Sound: An Art Review


Echologia I is an environmentally responsive sound installation that uses various environmental data (temperature, humidity, wind speed, light) to remotely control a digital synthesizer built from scratch using SuperCollider, an open-source audio programming environment” (

fromwater By design, The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts at Queen’s University echoes the environment that surrounds it. Outside, the building’s stainless steel façade mirrors the icy lake from which it seems to emerge. Enter the lobby and step onto the lakeshore. Vast glass walls enclose the airy space, encompassing two stories from floor to ceiling and bringing nature indoors. Even the windowless concert hall, the building’s centerpiece, evokes Kingston’s landscape in its design. Its walls, built to privilege sound, also serve as a visual reference to the Limestone City’s distinctive geology. Still, some spaces in The Isabel offer few cues to the world outside. This is true of the building’s Art and…

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About Brian Anthony Hardie

artist, musician, and poet from Portland, Oregon.

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