Garden Toor for Phantom Power (2010) - Future, past, imaginary soundscapes of Yerba Buena Gardens curated by Bay Area Sound Ecology
outdoors at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Produced as part of Project Soundwave: Green Sound 2010
Garden Toor was a quad-sound audio performance/score of about 15 minutes long, based on the history of the Tenants and Owners in Opposition to Redevelopment in the area. The audience brought their own portable audio devices and boomboxes for listening and projecting sound at Yerba Buena Gardens as part of the Mediate Soundwave Biennial:Green Sound and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. There were four separate scores handed out (or previously downloaded) that corresponded to four separate color markers in the field and four separate MP3 downloadable soundtracks. At certain time intervals marked on the score, participants were to follow the physical movement of the score that led them to a different colored marker, which in turn, live-mixed the sound of the composition in the physical space. Also the sounds in the composition were recorded from the area, so audio intermingled with the live sounds of the location, meant to provide an immersive observance of the historical elements of the area. Despite the extremely cold temperature in June in the evening, we a had a great turnout of about 70 people with various (some creatively homemade) boomboxes, plus those passing through just to listen.