Aaron Wyanski

composer, pianist, educator

Fountain Etude

 

For stereo fixed media

2019

4’53”

In spring of 2019, I taught an interdisciplinary course at Sweet Briar College, concurrent with a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The day before the class began, I became enamored with the sounds emanating from a particularly loud water fountain in the lobby of the music building. I enjoyed imagining that it was the water fountain’s ongoing proximity to music students that accounted for it’s own frustrated attempts at vocalization. I took a handful of recordings and analyzed them for pitch content. That night I improvised an accompaniment to the recordings at the piano in my studio at VCCA, and created this sonic collage. The next day I played it for the class as an example of my process and how to create sound art out of site-specific recordings, one of the topics of the course.