Joshua Rosner b. 1990, is a composer, improviser, performer, and educator who works and lives in Cleveland, OH. His compositional interests include the blending of sound worlds, mimicry, and the role of improvisation within contemporary music. As a guitarist, he has performed with a variety of artists including Rufus Reid, The Punch Brothers, Peter Evans, and Frank Cohen of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is the executive director and founder of The Syndicate for the New Arts, a Cleveland-based contemporary music ensemble.
How often do we listen to what is going on around us? All too frequently, we talk past each other, hear our environment without noticing what makes it so. Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. Listening, however, is an act one consciously chooses to do. Listening requires concentration so that the brain processes meaning from words and sentences, music and sound.
Empathetic Vibrations* is an installation that seeks to create listening opportunities for each participant. This installation provides the listener with two tones. All other tones will be heard internally due to the mechanics of our ears. All internally heard sounds are the resonant frequencies of the empty gallery.
It is up to participants to listen not only to the space, but also to their internal struggle to discern which pitches are the salient frequencies of the room and which are not. * Empathetic Vibrations is a term coined by the artist to describe a potential harmonic phenomenon wherein a passive vibratory body would respond to internal vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness.
* Empathetic Vibrations is a term coined by the artist to describe a potential harmonic phenomenon wherein a passive vibratory body would respond to internal vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness.