Bill Fontana

American (Cleveland, Ohio, 1947)

Sound Sculpture with a Sequence of Level Crossings

1982
installation | eight-channel sound installation
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  • Sound Sculpture with a Sequence of Level Crossings

    Bill Fontana, Sound Sculpture with a Sequence of Level Crossings, 1982; eight-channel sound installation, dimensions variable; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase in recognition of John R. Lane, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1987-1997; © Bill Fontana


In Sound Sculpture with a Sequence of Level Crossings, Bill Fontana creates an acoustical portrait of the Amtrak and Southern Pacific rail lines in Berkeley using recordings made by eight microphones positioned along the tracks.

The train sounds are composed to pass stereophonically through the museum gallery, simulating the auditory phenomena as they might be experienced at the actual site. Viewers are able to construct a spatial map of the original landscape based on the Doppler effects generated by the trains' movement to and fro.


Dimensions variable
Acquired 1997
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund purchase in recognition of John R. Lane, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1987-1997
© Bill Fontana
97.426.A-P

Tags

loudspeakers, ceilings, rooms, railroad trains, sounds, sound art, Berkeley


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