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steve parker

artist // musician // curator

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GRACKLE CALL 

GRACKLE CALL is a 90 minute performative audiovisual tour that directs audiences to the roosting locations of the Great-tailed Grackle.  Mimicking a birding experience, participants will be provided with binoculars, iPods, and a printed program guide that will direct them to experimental performances, installations, radio stories, and soundscapes examining local grackle lore, appropriation, human impact on species behavior, migration, land use, and the many failed human attempts to control the species.  

GRACKLE CALL premiered at Fusebox in 2018 - documentation coming soon!


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, minimalism, closely tuned sine waves, and samples of sirens, bugs, and Sousa marches. 

Made with Matt Steinke and Bryan Ribas.  

Featuring pilots Bryan Ribas, Lou Averbach, Gil Coranando, and Rickey White.  


Tubascopes

The Tubascope is a 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 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.


BAT // MAN

A ritual 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.  

Featured at the Fusebox Festival.


LO FI CYCLE

A playable musical instrument sculpture made from a bicycle and reclaimed brass instruments.  An imagined collaboration between Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, and Frank Zappa.  
 
Featured in a series of performances featuring Thor Harris, Henna Chou, Alex Keller, Brent Baldwin, and Panoramic Voices.
 

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.


The Way of Timbre

A work about the perception of acoustic and synthetic sound.  For trombones, didgeridoos, and sine waves.  

Performed at sunset in coordination with the programmed LED light display of the James Turrell Skyspace at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  

 


Recycled Sounds

Musical instrument sculptures made from reclaimed materials installed in the Austin City Hall parking garage.  

Made over a series of public workshops in collaboration with Austin SoundWaves and artists Jebney Lewis and Travis Weller, as a part of the Fusebox Festival.


SoundAtlas

SoundAtlas is your own 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.


Music On Pearl

As a part of Asian Arts Initiative's Social Practice Lab, we worked with local students, neighbors, and artists to build invented instruments made from found and recycled materials from the neighborhood.  We installed these instruments in the Pearl Street Alleyway, culminating in a series of informal concerts and a community potluck.  

 


Bridge & Bench Music

Instruments made from contact mics, a steel bridge, benches, cacti, bananas, and Arduino at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Season of Innocence - Ballet Austin

An inspired retelling of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

Original score commissioned by Ballet Austin and the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation for choreographer Nick Kepley’s one act ballet, Season of Innocence.

 

Euph

For double belled euphonium, composed by Phill Niblock.

TRAFFIC JAM - Miami

New works for ensembles of 80 carhorns, bicycles, pedicabs, and automobiles, performed in a parking lot.