David Galbraith
Since 2003
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

David Galbraith is an artist and composer and based in Brooklyn, New York. Galbraith explores the couplings between art, music, technology and the body through his installations, compositions, sound works, and performances featuring custom electronics and video animation software. Galbraith received a 2009 Distribution Grant for New York State Artists from the New York State Council on the Arts and was a 2009 and 2010 Artist In Residence at Harvestworks Digital Arts Center and The Experimental Television Center, respectively.

In 2005 Galbraith’s 10-channel sound installation Composition 2005 No. 1: Two Straight Lines Displaced, Nudged and Gently Spun was shown at Diapason Gallery. In 2006 Galbraith received a Finishing Funds grant from the Experimental Television Center to complete a single-channel video work produced with his custom software for sound and image. Galbraith enhanced the software in 2007 to interface with analog synthesizers at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam.

Galbraith’s work has been presented internationally at P.S.1/MoMA, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and KW Institute of Contemporary Art (Berlin), among others.

Galbraith is currently creating a video work to accompany performances of Trio (288 Three-Note Chords), a composition by the Paris-based, American composer Tom Johnson.
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David Galbraith sound installation at Diapason (NYC)

Sat Sep 24, 2005 00:00 - Thu Sep 22, 2005

Diapason, gallery for sound and intermedia, presents

David Galbraith
Composition 2005 No. 1:
Two Straight Lines Displaced, Nudged and Gently Spun

A Sound Installation

Saturdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24
6 PM - midnight 

Diapason, gallery for sound and intermedia
1026 Sixth Avenue, # 2S (btwn 38th & 39th St.)
New York, NY 10018

Notes on the work:

Diapason is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by New York-based composer, performer and multidisciplinary artist David Galbraith.

This exhibition pairs Galbraith’s 2003 mixed media work on paper Two Straight Lines For La Monte Young, originally shown in Berlin and on view at Diapason for the first time in New York, with a new work for multichannel sound titled Composition 2005 No. 1.

The work on paper references American composer La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 No. 10 which reads ‘draw a straight line and follow it.’  Galbraith’s Two Straight Lines For La Monte Young uses twenty pages of tabular random permutations of integer numbers overlaid with systematically placed small blue dots.  These pages are pinned to the wall each skewed so the blue dots produce a pair of vertical straight lines each over six feet long.  With this work Galbraith breaks from the singular act called for by Young’s score and instead creates through repetition and serial techniques two straight lines that emerge from an infinite numeric field.

For Composition 2005 No. 1 Galbraith transformed Two Straight Lines For La Monte Young into a graphic score for string quartet.  Galbraith realized this score by recording the process of hand tuning each note using his self-built analog electronic sound oscillators.  The work is animated by the micro-intervallic tension between two sets of pitches: the ‘absolute’ sine tones determined by graphical analysis and the ‘string’ tones which are derived from the ‘absolute’ tones by quantizing each to the nearest note of a justly intoned scale.  The final work is a multichannel edit of the ‘absolute’ manually tuned quadrature oscillator sine tones, digitally synthesized reference tones, and the recordings of the ‘string’ tone manual tuning process.

Biographical information:

David Galbraith explores the couplings between art, music, technology and the body through his sound installations, live sound performances, video works and drawings.  In addition to recent New York performances at Art in General, Diapason, and free103.9, Galbraith’s international performances include Erase & Reset: International Night Of Experimental & Electronic Music at Staatsbank Berlin (2003); Garage Festival, Stralsund, Germany (2003); and Pro Musica Nova (with Marina Rosenfeld), Bremen, Germany (2000).  Galbraith has had two-person shows together with Teresa Seemann at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2001), the Soap Factory, Minneapolis (2001), and Innocence & Mystery, Berlin (2003).  Collaborative and individual work has also been shown in group exhibitions at Kunst-Werke Berlin, P.S.1/MoMA, Artists Space, and Rosmund Felsen Gallery, among others.

This show is supported in part by a grant from the Experimental Television Center.


Radio 4 x 4 performance at Art in General

Sat May 08, 2004 00:00 - Wed May 05, 2004

Radio 4 x 4: a collaborative performance environment

Saturday, May 8, 4-6pm

Art in General
79 Walker St.
New York, NY 10013

In conjunction with the Rock's Role (After Ryoanji) exhibition at Art In General.

Radio 4 x 4, a collaborative performance environment, organized by free103point9, in which artists Andrew Neumann, David Galbraith, David Matorin, and Gabriel Burian-Mohr will perform both individually on independent radio frequencies, and collectively, as a group. The four simultaneous audio performances are separately transmitted on FM frequencies to radio receivers disbursed throughout the gallery space. Audience members become active collaborators in the performance, mixing the audio feeds by moving about the space among the four signals. For more information, visit