Sound Art

The sounds of wind, crackling fire and sword fights are among the sound effects produced for a new fictional radio play inspired by real news events.

Director Zack Myers, playwright Anna Victoria and artistic director John Watts joined Sundial to talk about “Inspired by WLRN News," a play that uses WLRN news stories as inspiration. The project celebrates storytelling and life in South Florida.

WLRN: John let me start with you. Tell me about the devices we just heard. How are you making these sounds come to life? 

Art For Your Ears: Subtropics Marathon Airs Experimental Music

Mar 4, 2016
Diego Saldaña-Rojas / For WLRN

  On Saturday, 20 sound art pieces will be performed and displayed at the 24th annual Subtropics Marathon, a six-hour sound art and experimental music event.

"We don't try to pin down exactly the kinds of things these are. We're interested in experimental music, meaning music that is being made today, no matter what it is," said Gustavo Matamoros.

Diego Saldana-Rojas

We have heard your complaints. And they are hilarious -- especially this one from a little girl from Toronto who had thoughts on spiders... and the city's mayor:

Over the weekend we installed a popup complaints booth at the Wolfsonian FIU to coincide with the Power of Design Festival (co-presented by WLRN) centered on the theme of complaints. The concept was simple: Step inside our sound-resistant kiosk, speak into the microphone and gripe.

Nathaniel Sandler / WLRN

It’s hard to explain to someone what “sound art” is. These are encounters that bend our traditional definition of music, and the truth is CDs and MP3s simply cannot reproduce the experience. 

Luckily, the Subtropics music festival is literally your sounding board—both an introduction and advanced course—and a navigational chart for becoming conquistador of sound.