Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs

George Lewis: Remains of the Sky

Remains of the Sky (2018) is a sound and light installation by George Lewis commissioned specifically to be in dialogue with the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University. A computer program (designed by Lewis and realized by Damon Holzborn) collects local weather data from the area around the Skyspace, then translates and compresses that information into a synaesthetic performance of color, multichannel sound, and rhythm. The work utilizes a combination of sampled and electronic sounds, LED lighting from the Skyspace, and the spatialized, refracted voices of Houston residents collected in 2015 for an installation by Lewis and multimedia artists Jean-Baptiste Barriere and Houston native Carroll Parrott Blue. The result is a space of spiritual contemplation about the power and fragility of climate, catalyzed by Houston and its natural surroundings.

Hans Tutschku: nighttime songs from afar

Composed specifically for Twilight Epiphany, Tutschku’s new work nighttime songs from afar will create an imaginary voyage by weaving voices from around the world into a complex, diverse, and harmonious whole through an immersive sound and light installation. The composition combines the breathtaking light of the Skyspace with sounds of folk songs, prayers, and lullabies from around the globe to form a ritualistic sensory event not to be missed. Tutschku introduces the work at the premiere on April 7. The work is ongoing through April 23, 2018, immediately following daily sunset light sequences.  The piece was commissioned by REMLABS with support from the Arts Initiative Fund at Rice University.

Listening Rituals: Hans Tutschku at the Moody Center

James Turrell Skyspace

Video documenting Shane Mond’s Air Carved by Light created for the James Turrell Skyspace along with interviews of REMLABS faculty and staff.


2015 Electric LaTex festival website is up

A two day festival of electroacoustic works created by students from Rice, UT Austin, UNT, LSU, Tulane, and Texas A and M.  The two day festival will take place November 20-21. All the info you need for the festival may be found here

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