T. Putnam Hill w/Sean O’Neill

T Putnam Hill

T Putnam Hill is a writer, editor, guitarist and electroacoustic musician currently based in Austin, Texas. In recordings and performance, Hill produces impromptu audio collages of various sound materials—from live guitar to field recordings to feedback loops—to create auditory environments that drift between stasis and disorder, from harmonic to discordant, and from the organic to synthetic.

Hill is an active member of Phonography Austin, a sound arts organization dedicated to the exploration of phonography and acoustic ecology, and founder of Loma Editions, a nascent multimedia label focused on electroacoustic music and experimental literature.

Sean O’Neill

Sean O’Neill works with sound, light, and electronic media. He explores both the visible light spectrum and the audible frequency range to examine the ways in which perception shapes the dynamics of spatiality. His work often incorporates elements of field  recordings, environmental/urban impressions, found materials, and embedded electronics. 

NMASS 2019 project description:

For NMASS 2019, Hill and O’Neill present an outdoor, spatialized sound collage of field recordings, site-specific environmental sounds, radio, and other repurposed electronic media. Set beneath the Airport Blvd. overpass just beyond the eastern edge of the Ground Floor Theatre parking lot, the loosely composed, partially improvised performance employs digital processing, physical activation of resonant objects, and feedback networks to engage the audience in a real-time world-building experience in which discrete sonic elements gradually pieced together form an uncanny unreality, an illusory soundscape that drifts between familiarity, musical composition, and collapse. The sound piece is accompanied by digital video art by Grainger Weston.