Sound portraits #14
Sound Portraits is a series of listening sessions, curated by Doron Sadja, focusing on the work of iconic composers who have paved the way for contemporary electronic music. After a short introduction of each artist's life and work, we will listen to a selection of excerpts and complete works from the artist’s repertoire. Besides providing an opportunity to introduce these seminal artists to a new audience, the Sound Portraits series also offers an open forum to engage in group listening in a quiet atmosphere. Each event is free and will last approximately 1.5 hours.
Maryanne Amacher was an American a composer, performer and multi-media artist. An innovator in exploring sonic telepresence, Amacher is known internationally for her dramatic architectural staging of music and sound. She worked extensively with a family of psychoacoustic phenomena called auditory distortion products, in which the ears themselves produce audible sound.
“Amacher's work is very concerned with what happens after you see and hear,” writes MIT's Marvin Minsky, “the afterimages and aftersounds. In fact, although she works in several media, her main concern is with understanding and manipulating the perception of space and duration; with finding ways to make people feel they are in a different (and usually more desirable) place. Amacher has become a master of controlling sound that are comparatively ‘faint’, yet produce a new sense of location and orientation. I see her work as exploring a number of important issues on the boundaries of contemporary perceptual psychology, exploring the ways that subtle environmental changes affect how we see the world from moment to moment. The room becomes new kinds of places, some unlike any past experience.” - http://www.electrocd.com/en/bio/amacher_ma/