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 wildflower.org.
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.
To become involved go to phonographyaustin.org/join-us