From January 25th to February 15th, Cool Drool (1983, 14m:44s) by sound artist and sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp is installed for listening on the Exterior Sounds audio box located at Audio Visual Arts, 34 East 1st Street, New York.
Cool Drool is unlike Westerkamp’s other sound recordings as entire pieces of existing music composed by others feature throughout the composition. Composed and performed over two decades ago, the piece is dated and includes sounds which have disappeared from today’s commercial and social environments, cues which squarely place the sound piece in the early 1980s. Commenting on the piece, Westerkamp has claimed, “Muzak divorces music from its original context. Cool Drool uses Muzak to connect music again with a social reality.” Installing the recording on the Exterior Sounds box is providing an updated and new urban context for the listener.
Hildegard Westerkamp is featured in the first issue of HIGHWAY and discusses Cool Drool among other sound works, a history of contemporary background and personalized music, streaming music services, and our [manufactured] addiction to music.
The Exterior Sounds box, part of the gallery program at Audio Visual Arts, features four 3.5mm headphone inputs for passerby listeners to plug in their own headphones and is also featured in our first Fall 2014-Winter 2015 issue.
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