Soundwave ((7)) Architecture: Augmented Environments

For the closing night of the Soundwave ((7)) Biennial, experience a full night of performances exploring generative architectures through sound with strong evolving visual narratives with invented and emerging technologies. Featuring David Stout, Kadet Kuhne, Mary Franck, and Andrew Blanton.

The Soundwave festival pass gets you into all Soundwave ((7)) events with the exception of the fundraiser and Nightlife events. Click here for more information.

Soundwave is San Francisco’s acclaimed biennial of innovative sound, art and music, now in it’s 7th Season. Every two years, MEDIATE Art Group launches a citywide summer-long, multi-venue experiential event series in San Francisco. Each season investigates a new idea through sound and invites diverse multidisciplinary artists and musicians to explore the season’s theme in new and innovative directions.

Soundwave ((7)) Architecture explores sonic connections to our built environment which shape our lives as humans. This season commissions 30 new performances and works from over 50 dynamic artists to examine the rapidly transforming landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area and the world-at-large while considering the physical and phenomenological aspects of constructing, designing and inhabiting our built environments through sound. Daring artists will present projects that explore spatial acoustics, biological architecture, personal and communal site histories, urban somatic/acoustic fields, psychosomatic effects from architectural designs, ambisonics, architectural drawings as musical scores, and neural architectures. These works hope to inspire audiences to to listen beyond the surface, connect with each other and find innovative ways to see, hear, and interact with the environment around us.


In This Impossible Building, a suite of short movements for voice, processing, multi-channel sound, and interactive video (including some VR footage by filmmaker Paul Lundahl), Pamela Z will explore structure, spatiality, and layers. Using vocal performance, live sampling and layering, gesture control, and images of (impossible and possible) spaces, she will draft, build, demolish, and renovate a series of miniature sonic and visual worlds.

Soundwave’s very first BUZZ Award recipient, the locally based musician Andrew Blanton will be presenting two works for percussion and electronics focusing on ideas of expanded interactivity. M0dulator is an app developed by Blanton in which explores the performance of real time feedback and software as art using iOS as a platform for musical instrument building and performance. His second work M icroplex , uses 3D scanline synthesis to extract sound out of virtual 3D objects in real time.

Visiting artist David Stout will be performing T he Janus Switch, a digital performance work merging live cinema and electronic music to generate virtual architectonic forms using a complex audio­visual feedback system. Stout will perform real­time data sonification and visualization to create an evolving array of hybrid visual forms and musical behaviors. In this process of “Janus Switching” many things, places and ideas come and go, including allusions to landscape, cellular life, plant forms, mechanistic structures, architectures, gateways, glyphs and vessels.


Andrew Blanton

Andrew Blanton is a percussionist, media artist, and educator. He is currently an Associate Professor in the CADRE Media Labs at San Jose State University and a PhD student in music composition at the University of California Berkeley working closely with the Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT). His current work focuses on the emergent potential between cross-disciplinary arts and technology in the context of Music Composition, New Media Art, and building sound + visual environments through software development.

David Stout

David Stout is a visual artist and composer whose writings, concerts and exhibitions explore emerging audio­visual forms. He is the recipient of national and international awards for diverse works in video, music, and visual art, including immersive performance events that integrate interactive technologies and multi­screen projection as an extension of performer, audience and architecture.

Pamela Z

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. Her work has been presented at venues and exhibitions including Bang on a Can (NY), the Japan Interlink Festival, Other Minds (SF), the Venice Biennale, and the Dakar Biennale. She's created installations and has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, Creative Capital, the Herb Alpert Award, MAP, the ASCAP Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, the NEA/Japan-US Fellowship, and a Djerrassi Resident Artist Program residency.