The 44-Hour Sound Art Residency
CAMPBIENT is an annual sound art residency that brings together 22 people for 44 hours to conceptualize, produce, and record 44 minutes of sound art compositions in a state park. Participants are randomly split into groups, each responsible for one portion of the composition with the only caveat being that a contiguous field recording base track is audible throughout the piece.
The residency includes sound-related workshops, creative activities, and a start-to-finish audio production process, the results of which are pressed on vinyl records and distributed digitally. Participating artists camp out, share meals, and collaborate in field recording, sound-making, and creative play. CAMPBIENT is held in a new state park every year, and all audio production and activities are off-grid and battery-powered.
By utilizing state parks rather than private land, the residency underscores an awareness of the commons and an obligation for its stewardship. Public spaces that straddle the natural and built environment are rich with questions of social equity and accessibility, environmental justice and sustainability, as well as those of artistic process, critical analysis, and aesthetics. It is these questions that are explored sonically and dialogically in the making of this recording. Special Guest Artists-in-residence are invited to CAMPBIENT to contribute their knowledge, insights, and add to the residency’s conceptual rigor and artistic praxis.
Special Guest Artists-in-Residence
Participation is by application and is open to any interested individuals – not just sound artists, but artists of any discipline, as well as musicians, conceptual thinkers, or anyone who wants to explore the praxis and theory of collaboratively producing sound-based artwork in a natural environment. Participants are invited based on completeness, timeliness, and quality of application process; demonstrated interest in the subject matter; and previous creative or applicable professional work or activities. Diversity is encouraged, and there is no expectation of prior musicianship or sound art experience by selected participants.
CAMPBIENT takes place every summer and the application process begins in spring. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed as to the application schedule and other news!
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