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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00009
Title
Sounds You Can Touch
Author
Robert J. Gluck
2nd Author
NULL
3rd Author
NULL
Degree
Master of Fine Arts
Year
2001
Number of Pages
85
University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Thesis Supervisor
Neil B. Rolnick
Supervisor e-mail
NULL
Other Supervisor(s)
Thesis committee members: Mary Anne Staniszewski (RPI), Curtis Bahn (RPI) and Andra McCartney (Concordia University)
Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
Arts Department: Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer (iEar)
Languages Familiar to Author
English
URL where full thesis can be found
Thesis not on line; documentation of the project is at: http://www.electricsongs.com/SoundsofaCommunity/
Keywords
installation sound interactive religion electronic music judaism
Abstract: 200-400 words
Sounds You Can Touch documents the interactive sound installation, Sounds of a Community (2001). Sounds recorded in a synagogue, the Woodstock Jewish Congregation, are played back in the synagogue sanctuary. The sounds, often digitally processed, are heard as a result of visitor interaction with sound sculptures, modeled upon traditional Jewish ritual objects. The manner of interaction draws upon familiar physical gestures associated with Jewish prayer and religious ritual. The range of interaction is determined through pre-composed structures and sounds. The goal is to create a vehicle by which visitors, using interactive electronic music technologies, may explore the nature of religious ritual and appreciate the musical qualities of sounds of an environment.