Bobok, An Auditory Album was an art project I completed in August, 2017 right before my birthday. I held a showing at a house-church in Los Angeles, blacked out all windows and ambient light, and invited listeners into an auditory experience that lasted about 40 minutes. During the prior couple years, pop stars began releasing "visual" albums. I felt that an album would truly be "visual" if all visuals were taken away. Ask yourself, "Have I ever listened to music in a pitch black environment?" The answer, especially for people living in LA, is generally "What do you mean by pitch black?." So, no. Visual sensory deprivation emphasizes both the physicality/vibratory aspect of music, and emphasizes a listener's active role in the perception of music, ie. music becomes visual in the mind of the listener. The experience makes the listener the main character in the narrative of their perception. Samples were used from Erotic Hypnosis inductions, morning talk shows, the short story "Bobok," and many other fun subjects. I still believe that everyone was hypnotized that night whether they knew it or not. Below is a song sample called, "Pillow, Covered Mouth."
Zion, A Shuttle Album Coming Soon. I was fortunate to be an art resident for Zion National Park in September, 2017. Now I'm working with the park to create an album for the 40 min shuttle ride from the top of the canyon back to the Visitor Center. There are 9 shuttle stops and 8 shuttle routes along the way, so each stop will feature a short sound design, and each route will be a song for the ride. I'm also making "Zion, An AudioVisual Experience," which will be a 10 minute preview of the album with video and recordings I took while in the park. Listening to the album in pitch black will make it feel like you're in the Zion shuttle, and listening to the album on the shuttle will make it feel like you're listening in pitch black. Don't forget to reserve a camp spot.