Frequencies Bell Tower
Installed at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre in Vancouver during November 2019, this contemporary bell tower allows visitors to compose the sequences for the mechanical bells to play. Sequences are recorded using a keyboard and automatically played back over the course of one month at the intervals of every hour and half hour. drift, a composition by Robyn Jacob for the bells and 3 voices, was featured at Music on Main’s Modulus Festival.
The Re-Organized Organ Youth Mentorship Project
Held at VIVO Media Arts Centre, The Re-Organized Organ was a collaborative musical instrument building project that ran from September to December 2017. A group of ten young artists convened weekly to investigate various e-waste materials as they created a collection of experimental instruments using parts from a discarded electronic organ and electronics from Free Geek Vancouver recycling bins. As the lead artist mentor for the group, I facilitated weekly sessions exploring the intersections between e-waste, music technology, and instrument design. The final presentation was held at VIVO, presented by Vancouver New Music.
Soundwalking Privately-Owned Public Space
A Soundwalk is a guided listening tour that encourages participants to actively listen, opening ears and consciousness to the complex orchestration that the environment is composing at all times. The walk was choreographed to weave through various privately-owned public spaces throughout Vancouver. These spaces complicate the neat binary between public and private, combining elements of private ownership, securitization, and rules and restrictions, with publicly accessible amenities such as shelter, seating, and open space. Using soundwalking as a way to access and assert the right to these common spaces, the soundwalk functioned to bring public attention to their social dynamics. The walk was held in 2017 and was presented by Vancouver New Music and the Vancouver Soundwalk collective.
Hadden Park Field House Residency
In 2015 I began creating and facilitating community-art projects in Vancouver’s Hadden Park’s field house as part of a multi-year residency with art collective Publik Secrets. Located at 1015 Maple St, the field house is host to year round instrument-building workshops, soundwalks, performances, and installation art.