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steve parker

artist // musician // curator

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Tubascopes

The Tubascope is an interactive sculpture that works likes a telescope for your ears.  

Modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators, the Tubascope is made from reclaimed and repurposed brass instruments that have been augmented with tubing and headphones.  When used, the Tubascope helps a person focus their listening on specific, far away sounds that may have been otherwise gone unnoticed.  

Installed at the Austin Science and Nature Center with a published brochure of listening games for kids (think Pauline Oliveros meets Shel Silverstein).


REQUIEM

A musical composition made from reclaimed brass, Arduino, and static electricity.  

For the The Contemporary Austin 2017 Crit Group Show at grayDUCK gallery, curated by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Sterling Allen and Andrea Mellard.


DRONE MUSIC

Drone Music is a project that creates choreographed performances for a fleet of flying drones, robot percussion, and humans, incorporating themes of surveillance, short wave radio, AI, espionage, sacred ritual, pageantry, and patriotism using Musique concrète, 1 bit audio, closely tuned sine waves, and samples of sirens, bugs, and Sousa marches. 


BAT // MAN

A large scale ritual and performance that examines how living creatures navigate space and memory using sound.  

Featuring a live audio feed of 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed bats (who live under the Congress Street bridge), a conch shell ensemble, a community megaphone choir, garden hose consort, and handmade echolocation devices, modeled after Alvin Lucier's SONDOLS.  


LO FI CYCLE

Interactive, public instrument sculpture made from a bicycle and reclaimed brass instruments.  An imagined collaboration between Duchamp, Cage, and Zappa.  
 

SoundAtlas

SoundAtlas is your own personalized radio station that realizes a composition in real time, based on your GPS coordinates.  Available via free iPhone app Soundyarn, the soundtrack reacts to the user's movement and location.  Created in collaboration with Austin District 10 residents.

For Drawing Lines, an exploratory conversation about the dynamics of place. An artist-driven, community-based public art project, Drawing Lines was commissioned in response to Austin's historic 10-1 political transformation from at-large to geographic representation. Embedding artists within the foundation of a rapidly changing, ever-evolving city, it's a project that explores how art itself, as a process, can be part of the conversation around Austin’s newly restructured 10-1 political system and examines the role of contemporary culture in the transition of place.

TRAFFIC JAM

A project featuring Austin's most abundant (and controversial) commodity: transportation gridlock.  New works for ensembles of 80 carhorns, bicycles, pedicabs, and automobiles, performed in a parking lot.

Featuring UTSA Trombone Choir, Mark McCoin, Randy Maguire, line upon line percussion, Travis Weller, Ethan GreeneSteve Snowden, and Austin Soundwaves.