Sound artist, Craig Colorusso, brings his latest piece, a solar powered sound installation; SUN BOXES, to Artscape 2011.(15-17/7)
For three days in July Sun Boxes will be in Baltimore as part at the Rabbit Hole portion of Artscape 2011. At Pearlstone Park on Preston Street, between Cathedral Street and Howard Street. Sun Boxes is a solar powered sound installation. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. Inside each Sun Box is a PC board that has a recorded guitar note loaded and programmed to play continuously in a loop. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time. Participants are encouraged to walk amongst the speakers, and surround themselves with the piece. Certain speakers will be closer and, therefore, louder so the piece will sound different to different people in different positions throughout the array. Allowing the audience to move around the piece will create a unique experience for everyone. in addition, the participants are encouraged to wander through the speakers, which will alter the composition as they move. Given the option two people will take different paths through the array and hear the composition differently. Sun Boxes is not just one composition, but, many.
We are all reliant on the sun. It is refreshing to be reminded of this. Our lives have filled up with technology. But we still need the sun and so does Sun Boxes. Karlheinze Stockhausen once said “using Short-wave radios in pieces was like improvising with the world.” Similarly, Sun Boxes is collaborating with the planet and its relation to the sun. Colorusso lives on the South Shore of Boston with a wife and two cats.Sun Boxes are an environment to enter and exit at will. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.
The sounds of Sun Boxes have been described as both soothing and energizing. A unique combination of adjectives often used to describe yoga, or meditation. When experiencing the piece, Sun Boxes allows the participant to slow down, and notice the subtleties of the composition unfold. With the abundance of technology and hustle of this culture it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, but also encouraged to slow down.
"They don't get tired. This is the best band I've ever been in; nobody whines, no one gets hungry; they just do what they're told,"
"I like the fact that Sun Boxes need the sun because we all need the sun," Colorusso said.
The artist and the sun working in harmony to create this solar song.
"I think they're beautiful," Salei said. "I love art that interacts with the world and nature and makes us participatory in it."