About This Publication

Welcome to the online exhibition catalogue accompanying Soundtracks, presented at SFMOMA from July 2017 to January 2018. This expanded edition was published in October 2017. It augments the original publication with a range of multimedia materials, including audio and video documentation of exhibition works, new installation photography, and video interviews with Soundtracks artists.


Exhibiting Sound

Rudolf Frieling and Tanya Zimbardo on the exhibition as a medium for the presentation of sound-based art


“Unruly from the Get-Go”: Sound, Audience, and Space

Dena Beard and Frank Smigiel discuss the disruptive power of sound in spaces for art


Room Tone

Artist Brandon LaBelle presents an “experiment in acoustical imagination” that explores sound, architecture, and community

This digital catalogue is published by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the exhibition Soundtracks, co-curated by Rudolf Frieling and Tanya Zimbardo, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from July 15, 2017, to January 1, 2018.

Support for Soundtracks is provided by the French American Cultural Society and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

Office for Contemporary Art Norway

Copyright © 2017 by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San Francisco, California, 94103. All rights reserved. This digital publication may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, including illustrations, in any form (beyond that copying permitted by Sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. Copyright Law and except by reviewers for the public press), without written permission from the publishers.

First edition: July 2017
Second edition: October 2017

Texts by Brandon LaBelle and Room Tone participants from Room Tone © 2015 Brandon LaBelle. Reprinted by permission of the author.

“Conversation: On Performing Live Personal Soundtrack” © Machine Project. Reprinted by permission.

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