Making Waves: The Kinetic Sound Transmissions of Gordon Monahan (Audio)

Oct 12, 2019
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art.

This episode of Making Waves takes listeners on a tour of Gordon Monahan's installation Kinetic Transmissions. During the show Gordon Monahan explains his use of audio signals to drive small motors which pass the audio through resonant instruments and objects. He also explains how he uses this technique and other variations in his other works.

Gordon Monahan's works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance. Gordon Monahan is the recipient of a 2013 Governor-General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.