April 14th

with Byron Westbrook

Part of Commotion

@ Shiloh Baptist Church
2040 Christian Street
Noon to 4pm
FREE. Please RSVP.

This workshop will experiment with using field recordings as an instrument with a group exercise exploring how the recording process can operate as a performance. The group will visit the Grays Ferry Power Plant to record using provided hand-held recorders. Machinery around the plant emits a loud hum that is very similar to a low B-flat musical note. Feel free to explore the perimeter of the site to hear the different possibilities. Listening through the microphones of the recorder, you will notice how the position of the recorder can change the sound of the hum. Once you begin recording, your movement itself will create a sound performance. Also consider that you are present in the environment and that your motions and voice can mix with the sounds you hear. Feel free to experiment with sounds that you can make with your voice in conjunction with the sounds of the environment, as these can also be part of your performance. All recordings will be played back together at the end of the session to be heard as an ensemble.  Space is limited, please RSVP. 

Byron Westbrook (b. 1977) is an artist working with the dynamic quality of physical space using multi-channel sound, images, and objects. His audio/video performances under the name CORRIDORS involve the distribution of processed instrumental and environmental recordings through a multi-channel environment. His installation-based work explores unique and participatory listening formats utilizing commonly accessible technology. He has presented at venues such as Tonic, Roulette, The Stone, Diapason Gallery, Issue Project Room, Experimental Intermedia, Exit Art Gallery, (NYC), Les Voûtes (FR), Wien Konzerthaus (Austria), O' (Milano), Cave12 (Geneva), NonEvent (Boston), Sonic Circuits Festival (DC), Institute of Intermedia (CZ). He has shared performance bills with Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Jandek, Oren Ambarchi, Lawrence English, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Greg Davis, Maria Chavez, Alessandro Bosetti, Jason Kahn, Jon Mueller, Tetuzi Akiyama, among many others. Westbrook has also collaborated with Paris-based composer and former Kitchen curator Rhys Chatham in the drone metal group Essentialist (Table of the Elements), as well as performed in the ensembles of Phill Niblock, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Duane Pitre, David Watson and Jonathan Kane. He has worked as technical coordinator of Phill Niblock's Experimental Intermedia Foundation since 2004. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Commission through Roulette Intermedium. In 2008 he was an artist in residence at Hotel Pupik at Sclhoss Schrattenberg. In 2010 he was an artist in residence at Diapason Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. A CD of CORRIDORS was released in 2010 on Sedimental Records. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Sound Places is a part of Commotion, a project that brings together diverse art makers and communities to interact and explore the Grays Ferry, Point Breeze, and South of South Street neighborhoods of Philadelphia in unique and unexpected ways. For more information about Commotion, please visit

Please RSVP to Chris Forsyth at


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