New York

Seth Cluett


Diapason is relatively obscure, owing to its location on the tenth floor of a large, nondescript building on the wrong side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, its being open strictly on Saturday afternoons, and its particular focus: contemporary sound art. Despite a history stretching back to the cacophonous experiments of Futurism and Dada, and periodic peaks of recognition—sometimes, as with video, attendant on technological developments—sound art remains a niche concern. The reasons for this are legion: To many, sound art remains profoundly confusing in its consistently ill-defined intersection with music and theatrical or cinematic sound design, and is generally incompatible with the conventional demands of the gallery opening, the print reproduction, and the showboating collection. It tends to demand one’s sustained attention but can still be maddeningly abstract.

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