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Bill Fontana: Acoustic Visions

9 June – 10 September 2017

Fifty years since the arrival of music on the site, pioneering sound artist Bill Fontana creates a newly commissioned installation which opens our ears to the other sides of Snape Maltings’ heritage – from echoes of its industrial past to the timeless rhythms of its natural environment.

One of the world’s leading sound artists, Bill Fontana has installed site-specific public art works at iconic locations in many of the world’s great cities and sites, including the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and Big Ben, the Millennium Bridge and Somerset House in London. In a body of work spanning 45 years Fontana has unearthed the hidden music that surrounds us every day, magnifying it and drawing our attention to it in striking ways.

Acoustic Visions – Snape Maltings consists of three pieces in different locations on site.
Sonic Dreamscapes
Boardwalk in the reedbeds
Acoustic Vision of the River Alde Marshes
Dovecote (until 31 August)
Sonic Timelapse
The arches of the derelict buildings

the sound is alive: rising and falling, always different, at once strange and familiar, mysterious and evocative, hypnotic and sensual.

New York Times on Bill Fontana’s Harmonic Bridge at Tate Modern