PRINT March 2001

Sound Art

SAUL ANTON: Audio has been digital for some time, so why did you decide to include a section in “BitStreams” on sound and music?

DEBRA SINGER: We thought it was important to acknowledge the myriad ways digital technologies have transformed electronic music and sound art. Recent advances in digital technology give composers newfound control over what types of sounds they use and how they combine them. Artists today not only compose with sounds in new ways but compose the sounds themselves. Almost anything, even visual images, can be digitized and transformed into sound. Using various software programs, it can then be broken up and reconstructed to create virtual sounds that have no physical corollary in the real world.

ANTON: Do you think this propensity to synthesize sounds—a kind of post-instrument condition—is the most important aspect of your exhibition?

SINGER: Many people have

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW at the discounted rate of $45 a year—70% off the newsstand price—and receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.