Paul DeMarinis has been making digital sound sculptures and other works since the mid-seventies. In that era, many artists were strongly influenced by the thinking of John Cage, who was interested in the act of hearing itself, and chose not to make distinctions among noise, ambient sound, and music. For this exhibition the artist offers a sound installation that refers back to the classic do-it-yourself days of the 1980s when low budgets and modest means were the rule. Simple aluminum pie plates in a gridded and suspended plane generate staccato percussive sounds when struck by dancing metal shards reacting to interruptions in the flow of an electronic signal. The echoes of the sound, and the clicks of the breaking current in the associated loudspeakers, in addition to the otoacoustic (internal ear-originated) emissions, create a complex soundscape for the attentive listener: falling rain, or faint and faraway marches.
1973 Masters of Fine Art in Electronic Music and the Recording Media, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1971 Bachelor of Art in Music and Filmmaking Interdisciplinary, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH