Second Annual Report – Performance and Digital Release


(photo by Del Wieding)

On Saturday, December 7, Phonography Austin will host its second annual report, a listening event and album release party at Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery to showcase the work of local field recordists to capture and recontextualize a diversity of acoustic environments.

Austin-based artists R. Lee Dockery, Vanessa Gelvin, Travis Putnam Hill, Sarah King, Sean O’Neill, Daniy Oberle, Josh Ronsen and Zach Smith will present field recordings they made individually over the past year in a live, collaborative setting. Performing together in small ensembles, these artists will weave their discrete recorded materials into improvisatory collages that evoke new soundscapes. The event also marks the digital release of Phonography Austin’s third compilation, which includes recordings made in 2019 by 21 local artists, and will be availabe for free on our Bandcamp site at 12:01 AM on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

The Phonography Austin 2019 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 annual report audience is encouraged to attempt 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.

The event is open to the public, and donations will be accepted.