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'Noise Where Prohibited'

Artist Glenn Weyant presents 'sonic meditation' Thursday

MOCA Sounds/Defining Music series presents unique listening experience

Tucson-based sound artist Glenn Weyant will present "Noise Where Prohibited," a sound installation in MOCA Tucson's great hall Thursday.

Described as "immersive sonic meditation on the ghettoization of noise/sound/music composed for modified shortwave radio and instruments of original design like the Kestrel 920 and the electric Ferris Box," the event will fill the hall with various "sound stations" and challenge assumptions about music and art.

Weyant is a Tucson-based sound sculptor, educator, baker, journalist and builder/designer of original instruments. As the founder of SonicAnta, a grass roots record label and performance organization,Weyant has dedicated his audio work to the exploration of sonic boundaries and the sound of local ecology.

In March, Weyant collaborated with writer Margaret Randall on a "Nogales Wall ReSounding," in which Weyant, armed with a cello bow and an amplifier, "played" the corrugated border wall itself. Weyant's work frequently confronts the most difficult social issues, allowing sound to speak of, and to, and in sites of social conflict, with the hope of transformation. Weyant writes of the Nogales project:

And if one subscribes to the theory that all matter at the most basic level "vibrates," then it is not difficult to accept the idea sound can physically alter matter since sound is vibration interpreted.

So in our playing the border wall, not only was this symbol of international acrimony transformed into an instrument, but perhaps the actual molecular structure was transformed for a bit as well.

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If you go

  • Glenn Weyant at MOCA Sounds/Defining Music
  • Thursday 7 p.m.
  • MOCA Tucson, 265 S. Church Ave.
  • Tickets $5/members, $10/non-members

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