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2012 Exhibition, Art Lab Fort Collins, April 20-29
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Noisolation Headphones, 2011
Alex Braidwood, (Los Angeles, California)
Copper pipe, protective earmuffs, various electronic and mechanical components
Artist Website: http://listeninginstruments.com/

     The Noisolation Headphones is a work that explores the idea of the "ear-blink", its copper pipes funnel the surrounding sounds to the listener's ears, while valves at the top open and shut. The user controls the valve speed with the control box. This piece, like many in the exhibition focuses the listener on a different way of listening to the sounds that surround them.

Artist Statement:
The Noisolation Headphones are a critical investigation that transforms the relationship between a person and the noise in their environment. While this electromechanical listening appendage is worn, the listener's exposure to the noise is modified by the material qualities of the device and structured through the composed sequencing of the acoustic manipulation valves. Instead of considering methods for eliminating or canceling noise, the Noisolation Headphones create a personal listening experience by transforming the noise that surrounds a listener into something differently familiar.

    Unless otherwise specified photos are by Carrie Hodges & C. Reider and sounds were recorded by C. Reider. Creative Commons applies to the photos and sound recordings only, attribution should be made to the artist as well as the photographer or sound recordist.
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