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“Sound Oasis” Presented on Campus Oct. 6-13

Outdoor 3-d audio environment with international sound artists

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 6, the University Art Museum (UAM) will present Sound Oasis, a three-dimensional audio environment on the CSULB campus quad featuring 11 soundscapes by leading sound artists from around the globe. Sound Oasis will play daily from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The opening event on Oct. 6 begins at 6 p.m. and includes a personal appearance by Martyn Ware from the Illustrious Company, who will spin a DJ set from 9-10 p.m.

Ware, who as a record producer and artist (Heaven 17 and Human League) has been featured on recordings totaling more than 50 million sales worldwide during a 30-year career. He founded Illustrious Company with Vince Clarke in 2001 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique 3-D Audioscape immersive surround-sound technology and custom-made musical composition in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts, corporate clients and academic institutions around the world.

On Monday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion with Sound Oasis Project Director Francisca Rivero-Lake and participating artists in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall. The event is free to the public.

Sound Oasis, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 13, will transform the campus quad into an immersive soundscape merging electronic compositions into the outdoor environment – dimensions of space, duration, and perception are explored, manipulating and melding the sounds of urban existence.

The infrastructure of Sound Oasis consists of a series of speakers placed throughout the quad according to the audio diffusion design of Illustrious Company. Visitors entering the space can re-evaluate the sound environment around them. The audio exhibition encourages people to experience art without visual traces, heightening sensory perception.

The Sound Oasis installation includes descriptive boards placed in the quad with information on the artists involved in the project written in English and Spanish.

Artists included in Sound Oasis are ‘Gal*in_dog’ aka Guillermo Galindo, Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Luz Maria Sánchez, Rogelio Sosa and Mario de Vega, Mexico; Illustrious Company – Ware and Clarke – and Chris Watson, United Kingdom; Slavek Kwi, Czech Republic /Ireland; Merzbow, Japan; Ultra-red, United States/Mexico; and radioqualia, New Zealand. Sound Oasis curators are Jose Wolffer and Manuel Rocha Iturbide, Mexico; and Andrew Caleya Chetty, United Kingdom. For more information on the artists involved and the installation in Mexico City, visit the Sound Oasis Web site.

Docent led tours are available in both English and Spanish beginning Oct. 8. Tour guides can be met on the quad in front of Building FA-4 on the following days and times: English ─ Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 12, noon and 6 p.m.; and Oct. 13, 2 p.m.; Spanish ─ Oct. 11, noon and 6 p.m.