3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Sonic Cascades by Bill Fontana

Bill Fontana
Sonic Cascades
Sonic Cascades is performed by the bell ringers of Trinity Cathedral
on June 5th, 2008
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
all along Second Street in San Jose

Internationally renowned artist Bill Fontana (www.resoundings.org) installed a sound piece on 2nd Street between Trinity Church and Santa Clara Street. Entitled Sonic Cascades, the artwork uses bell tones from the historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (http://www.trinitysj.org), 81 N. 2nd, to create a sound sculpture that interacts with the urban landscape. The piece is created using a microphone in the bell tower that sends an audio signal through a sound mixer, generating a real time composition, what the artist characterizes as a “transparent composition.” This composition multiplies the sound of the bells along 2nd Street creating a continually changing relationship between the source sound and the listener as they move down the street. The piece also can be experienced from within the cathedral. The artwork is inspired by others the artist has completed in London (at Big Ben) and New York (Madison Square Park at the Met Life Tower). In addition to the “transparent compositions” that respond to the music selected by the bell ringer, the artist will be creating unique compositions for this piece that will be played from time to time. A special performance will also be presented at the church in Spring 2008. The project may be heard when the bell ringers are scheduled to perform. The piece will installed until Fall 2008.