New Art Project Seeking ‘Found Sounds’ in B-Town + Artists to Collaborate
‘The Sounds of B-Town’ is a new audio art project that will take “found sounds” recorded within the city limits of Burien and premiere them in an interactive installation at the Wild Strawberry Festival the weekend of June 16-17.
“I’m looking for residents to give me ideas of sounds to record,” said Artist/Producer Scott Schaefer. “I’m also looking for help from other artists, craftspeople, set designers, audio engineers, technology geeks and anyone else who is interested in giving a hand with this innovative project.”
Schaefer, who also serves as Publisher/Editor of this here B-Town Blog, also adds:
I’m currently seeking ideas for sounds to record within the city limits of Burien. These sounds can originate from nature, animal, human, machine, and more, with the only criteria being that they’re found within the city limits. Do you hear any sounds that are interesting? If so, please email me at scott(at)soundsofbtown.com.
You’ll probably see Schaefer walking around town with a handheld boom microphone rig, which he will be using to record sounds.
“My ultimate goal is to create an ongoing, growing audio art project where residents can submit sounds and listen to and mix them online as well as in person,” Schaefer added. “The interactive installation should be affordable to build, be kid friendly and easy to operate, but ultimately provide Participants with ‘aha’ moments. And I’m putting a call out for help on this!”
Schaefer also plans on utilizing one of his other local media ventures – SoKing Internet Radio – to broadcast ‘found sounds’ interspersed between local music.
“And anyone who helps will receive credit on the installation, website, and any mentions of it in the blog,” Schaefer said aloud to himself as he wrote this story.
Some of the items still needed for this project include:
- A P.A. System that can be used in a tent at the fest.
- Ideas on feasible interactive elements.
- Sound recordings from around town as high-quality .WAV files (already in progress but more would be good!).
Schaefer won an Arts & Culture Grant from the City of Burien for this project, and he’d love to collaborate with artists/craftspeople and others to create “something really cool and memorable.”
For more info, email scott(at)soundsofbtown.com or check out (and “Like) the new Facebook Page here.