Audio Art Examples

Emeka Ogboh:

Song of the Germans

Janet Cardiff:

Lost in the Memory Palace:

40 Part Motet:

Alter Banhof (Video) walk:

Christian Marclay:


The Clock:

Guitar Drag:

Kelly Mark:

Marla Hlady:

Basement Base:

Dot-matrix Sympthony, The User

The artist creates scores to be interpreted (played) by old technologies – Dot Matrix printers:

Synth Loops, Christian Bok

The artist uses techniques and references from experimental writing and performances of sound-based texts:

Daniel Olson, Thumbrolley

The artist manipulates toy musical instruments:

Piss Record, Matthew Sawyer

The artist documents (and embellishes)  his morning pissing:

Pipes in “C”, Anna Ripmeester

This artist had a noisy pipe in her apartment and noticed it was a tone in the key of C. She decided to jam with it – in the key of C:

Jonathan Monk, My Mother Cleaning My Father’s Piano

The artist finds a found composition at his parent’s house:

One Minute Apology, Laurel Woodcock

Artist is using a record to re-mix a song, with a persistent and unrelenting message:

A Day in the Life (24 hour version), Dave Dyment

The artist slows down the Beatles Song “A Day in the Life” to literally last a full day: 

Brian Joseph Davis, Voice Over

The artist explores and re-performs voice-overs in a relentless disconnected  list that makes them all sound totally intense and absurd:

I’m Practicing My Cartoon Voices, Steve Reinke

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Listen to these student interpretations of the assignment below: 

Lee Walton: From a project where the artist compiles the middle C note sound (and video image)  from everyone’s piano. Even though it’s the same note – the C’s are amazingly diverse: 


UBU WEB: Listen to several examples of pieces, and see if you can determine the ideas that may have prompted the works.


RECOMMENDED LENGTH: Up to one minute.

Final works will be posted on the blog, or your choice of audio sharing services/sites

No late assignments will be accepted.


Students will create an audio art piece between 30 seconds and 1 minute in length. While the conceptual parameters for this project are open, consider some of the themes and strategies of the artists listened to in class.

Some strategies may include:

You may assign yourself (or others) a conceptual feat, and perform it, or document it in sound.

You may cut and reassemble clips from popular music, or from interviews with people

You may interpret or translate non-audio experiences or spaces in sound.

You may re-interpret noise or other found sound as music.

You may perform a list, or other kinds of interesting found or constructed language.

You may distort or edit found sound or music, to change its original meaning and effect.

Consider audio works by some of the following artists:

Dave Dyment

Santiago Sierra

Yoko Ono

Daniel Olson

Laurel Woodcock

Matthew Sawyer

Jonathan Monk

Christian Marclay

Kelly Mark

Ann Hamilton

John Cage

Janet Cardiff

Steve Reinke

Emeka Ogboh

Lee Walton

Prepare to propose your IDEAS in the next class for discussion!

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