Colloquium: Jay Needham


Thursday, December 5, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 522

Field Notes: Sound, the Late Tropics and Heading South

In this presentation, Jay Needham describes his latest sound projects from Panama to Antarctica and how current and historical conditions make for an inevitable collision of narratives.

Jay Needham is a sound artist, electro-acoustic composer, teacher and scholar. He is an artist who works across multiple creative platforms, and his works often have a focus on recorded sound, archives, and the interpretation of artifacts. His sound art, works for radio, and visual art have appeared at museums, festivals, and on the airwaves worldwide. His latest sound work is a permanent installation in the BioMuseo, the new Frank Gehry designed museum in Panama. He has been invited to speak at many noted programs including the Department of Techno-Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and California Institute of the Arts.

His research is published in Leonardo Music Journal, Soundscape and also in the book Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time, Culture, Cambridge Scholars Press. Currently he is co-authoring Moving Sounds: A Cultural History of the Car Radio with his colleague Dr. Phylis Johnson. He is the President of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology.