What is sound art?
Contained in or demonstrated by objects, works, actions and performative events that are realized by way of various artistic applications, methodologies and practices, sound art (term first coined in 1982) explores the dynamics relating to the experiential progression of sound from hearing, to listening, to “poetistic” perception and, finally, to aesthetic appreciation. Unlike music, sound art is the aural equivalent of cinema, painting, theater, sculpture and literature. Music may function as or provide material for sound art; however, music is not sound art. Typical of many contemporary art forms, sound art frequently relies on interdisciplinary processes that give rise to multi-media presentations and hybridized forms. As a result, collaborative projects are common and involve participants and hierarchies who collaborate either in physical, conceptual and/or spatial clusters or as extended constellations and networks. Such projects can entail the coordination and the connectivity of individuals and technologies within rooms, across borders and between hemispheres