Sound installations and performances at the Wildflower Center with Phonography Austin: June 1, 2021

Phonography Austin, in collaboration with Collide Arts, presents an early evening of performances and sound installations as part of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Tuesday Twilights series.

Through the evening, Amanda Brannin will present a sound installation on the Woodland Trail, and Alex Keller will present a sound installation on the Savanna Meadow Trail.

Performances will happen in the Central Gardens, with Daniy Oberle and Alex Keller at 5:30, Aux Aux and friends at 6:30, and Katie & Rachel at 7:30.

Please wear a mask and follow CDC guidelines. Attendance will be limited and should be booked in advance at
This performance is a part of an ongoing project with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas and Collide Arts exploring the connection between sound, performance, and native plants.

This project is generously supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, New Music USA, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc, the Texas Music Office, and the Mid America Arts Alliance.
Amanda Brannin is a 27 year old artist from North Texas that creates intimate and unavoidably emotional sound works utilizing field recordings and narration.
Her installation incorporates a looping sound collage utilizing layered field recordings and a reinterpretation of Lady Bird Johnson’s words, recorded at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Aux Aux is an Austin, Texas based project led by Henna Chou (HC). As a cellist, guitarist, keyboardist or sound designer, HC has performed in Austin theater, touring ensembles, created string arrangements for bands and improvisations for film music.
Katie & Rachel, a new music ensemble, plays tasteful yet weird avant-garde. Drawing from a wide expanse of artistic ideas, the mostly acoustic quintet unravels a generally quiet exploration into group improvisations and modular scores. The five players — Josh Ronsen (clarinet), Brent Fariss (contrabass), Vanessa Gelvin (field recordings), Kirk Laktas (piano, electronics), and Derrick Fore (bass clarinet ) — have been involved with the Austin New Music Co-op for decades. Texture and mood dominate the ensemble’s palette of imagination, and will incorporate recordings made at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Alex Keller is an audio artist, sound designer, curator and teacher based in Austin, Texas. His work is in the media of performance, installation, and recorded release, and reflects his interests in architecture, language, abstraction and music.
Daniy Oberle is a sound designer and field recordist based in Austin, Texas. She aims to highlight the beauty and interest of the everyday sounds that define us. An avid traveler, she incorporates recordings from all over the world. After finding so much electromagnetic interference and machine noise in field recordings, she hopes to promote education of the effect humans and their technology have on the audible environment.
Phonography Austin is dedicated to exploring phonography (the creation and presentation of field recordings as art objects) and acoustic ecology (the study of the effects of the acoustic environment on those living within it). We are an informal, non-heirarchical collective.
Phonography Austin was founded to host Austin’s first World Listening Day event. Since then we’ve hosted multiple free workshops, conducted citizen research into acoustic ecology issues, began releasing annual report compilations with accompanying public events, and partnered with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Church of the Friendly Ghost, and COLLIDE Arts.
We meet (currently virtually) on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss all things related to the aesthetics of phonography, the technology of field recording, and the discipline of acoustic ecology.
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A Walk in the Park with Phonography Austin

For the second edition of The Contemporary Austin’s A Walk in the Park series, Observer-in-Residence Ann Armstrong invited Vanessa Gelvin of Phonography Austin to help lead workshop devoted to listening and creative sonic exploration. A Walk in the Park features monthly guided walks + creative workshop activities to observe and map Laguna Gloria in a variety of ways.

For the March edition, we will begin by sensitizing our hearing to complete a sonic scavenger hunt designed to prompt deeper listening as we individually explore the grounds of Laguna Gloria. After the walk, we will reconvene to share our experiences, discuss listening strategies, and workshop creative approaches to documenting soundscapes.

We will be making notes of the sounds we hear, so please bring a pen and a hard surface to write against (a clipboard or a book) or use those provided. This is an outdoor program and we will be walking on uneven surfaces, so please dress accordingly!

Unlike other Phonography Austin workshops, we will be focusing on developing our listening skills without using any field recording technology.

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. Limited capacity.

Date: March 20, 2021
Times: 10:00AM and 1:00PM CST
Location: The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria
Cost: $15 per person for museum members; $20 per person for the general public
Tickets available through The Contemporary Austin website
For more details visit the event page at The Contemporary Austin website

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Third Annual Report: On the Air and Online

On Sunday, December 6, Phonography Austin will release its third annual report for free on Bandcamp and on Austin’s community radio station, KOOP 91.7 FM, showcasing the work of local field recordists to capture and recontextualize a diversity of acoustic environments.

Austin-based artists A Secret Chief, Aux Aux, Brent Fariss, Vincent Fariss, Jérôme Fisch, Alex Keller, Sarah King, Teresa Nichta, Daniy Oberle, Josh Ronsen, and Zachary Smith contributed field recordings made in a variety of circumstances, all over the world. Sounds come from as far as Tahiti to as near as Port Aransas, and are both as familiar and relevant as the sound of washing hands. The Bandcamp release is Phonography Austin’s fourth compilation release.

Phonography Austin’s Third Annual Report is part of the sound arts organization’s ongoing program of educational workshops and listening experiences designed to foster artistic investigation of sound environments, acoustic phenomena and other aural situations through the practice of field recording. The listener is encouraged to listen to the recordings presented as sound objects in and of themselves—or to embrace the sense of place and context as they occur in the recordings.

For more information, contact Alex Keller at alexkeller – at –

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Broadcast time: 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Location: In Austin, on Commercial Suicide at 91.7 FM or streaming at
Compilation: Will be available for free at at 8:30 PM on Sunday, 12/6/2020.

About Phonography Austin

Phonography Austin is an organization dedicated to exploring phonography (the creation and presentation of field recordings as art objects) and acoustic ecology (the study of the effects of the acoustic environment on those living within it). More at

About Commercial Suicide
Hosted by Mallory Watson and Matthew Dylan, Commercial Suicide has been on KOOP since it’s founding in 1995. Experimental, electronic, ambient, minimalist, noise, improvised, and other strange sounds can be heard on the show. It airs regularly on Sundays between 8:30-10:00 PM.

About KOOP

KOOP is a community radio station in Austin, TX, owned and operated by its members in a cooperative structure depending primarily upon its volunteers and supporters for all operations of the station. KOOP provides a diverse array of programming, emphasizing programs that deal with local issues and/or serve communities which are under-served by the mainstream media.