The World According to Sound is bringing their hour-long surround sound live experience to the Cherry Artspace in Ithaca. Listeners will sit in total darkness, surrounded by a ring of powerful loudspeakers, awash in sounds. The first night features sounds from all over the world, and the second is a sonic exploration of Cornell University.
On the first night, you will hear bridges and ants and the gurgle of mud pots. The sounds will transport you inside another person’s head, to the reverberant inner chambers of the Hagia Sophia, and back in time a hundred years to the streets of Berlin. The 30 sounds in the show include a musical performance by a washing machine, a symphony of athletic grunts, and the disturbing howl Marco Polo heard while crossing the Gobi Desert.
On the second night, we will go deep into the sounds of Cornell. For one semester, Sam and Chris listened to the university. They listened to dorms and dining halls and frats; to a particle accelerator, conversational Latin, and the stomach of a cow; to dozens of 19th-century kinetic machines, the mechanics of a pipe organ, and the stomp of step dancing; to hockey skates, taiko drums, and fencing sabres; to research on mating spiders, vibrating deserts, dying plants, and outer space; to wire recordings, records, film reels, cassettes, and VHS tapes hidden in archives several floors underground; to water in a gorge, the rustle of leaves, a symphony of insects and all the sounds made in an entire day on campus. It will be a university in a way you’ve never experienced one before.