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music for clouds

by steve roden



music for clouds, 2002

installation at e/static gallery, torino italy.

stereo composition
speakers and electronics
plywood structure
handmade pillow

music for clouds was created for a skylight at gallery e/static in torino italy. i wanted to create a viewing space with sound for the movement of clouds as they moved through a very beautiful skylight in the gallery space. the installation consisted of an elevated platform with small speakers. the idea was that one could lay down on the platform and watch the clouds move, while listening to the sound.

the audio was created using a score process i had been working for several years using the term ‘cloud formations’ to determine notes based on the contours drawn by copying the cloud’s shapes. it was a simple way of determining pitches based on the up and down contours. this idea began mainly as a path of singing notes moving up and down and trying to use form to determine “moves". in this case i transformed the drawing of a cloud to the neck of an electric guitar and recorded various notes that followed the cloud path image. the work was played very softly through two speakers facing each other so that was only audible when one was laying down on the platform facing the skylight, head between the little speakers.

this piece was certainly influenced inspired by eno’s “ambient” and “generative" recordings.


released January 30, 2018

design: Richard Chartier


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steve roden Pasadena, California

steve roden is a visual & sound artist from los angeles,
who pioneered the lowercase style of music; where quiet, usually unheard, sounds are amplified to form complex and rich soundscapes.

his work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance.
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