SoundThe Contraphonic Sound Series was a project that documented cities through sound. The project utilized sound in the search for authentic civic identities in an age of universal aesthetic qualities. It did so through distinct approaches to document the aural city:
Contraphonic Sound Series
/ A Lot You Got to Holler - field recordings and collected soundscapes displayed on an interactive map of Chicago
/ Tonal Drift - a collaboration with Adham Fisher of 1000 Stations, examining place via cut-up field recordings from locations across London, the Greater UK, and Chicago
/ Little Hell - curated pieces by musicians sonically exploring a particular place or moment in Chicago history, released digitally with accompanying booklet
/ Fourth River - Pittsburgh-focused complement to Little Hell
“Capturing the sounds of the city” - Chicago Tribune
“Chicago Events Inspire New Musical Project” - Chicago Public Radio
Contraphonic, IncContraphonic, Inc. was a record label that released records from noted composer Tobin Summerfield and his 20-piece ensemble Never Enough Hope, avant-garde trio Pillars & Tongues, legendary producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Material, Live Skull, etc), Pronto (the solo project of Mikael Jorgensen from Wilco), Adam Green (ex-Moldy Peaches), oRSo, and a host of eclectic and eccentric others.
A small collection of old musical releases:
the Billy Crystal of early aughts indie rock
/ Me & My Ship
lo-fi late adolescence
Many moons ago, music musings appeared in ActionMan Magazine, Boxx, Devil in the Woods, Venus Magazine, among others.