Quad Listening Event: The Immersive Early Music of Joan La Barbara

  • Location:
    The Glass Box Theater 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

he Immersive Early Music of Joan La Barbara, is a DVD of restored vintage recordings from 1976 – 1981 that will be released on MODE Records. The works for the new release will include CYCLONE, AUTUMN SIGNAL and as lightning comes, in flashes.

Over the past 4 decades, Joan La Barbara has created a number of multi-channel works that were designed to be heard in quadraphonic sound and other unusual spatial arrangements of speakers. These works were initially performed in concert using multiple speakers and various systems designed to allow movement of sound from speaker to speaker.

To have these vintage works available in a contemporary format is to bring back to life works that have been nearly lost for several decades. For the surround sound format to be used for sonic art works is to enhance the viability of this medium as well as to preserve, in their original conceptual form, works that were created to immerse the audience in the artist’s sonic vision.