Levels (Inverted) was commissioned as part of the city wide Found Sound exhibit in Washington, DC. This six-channel site specific sound installation was exhibited October 15-November 19, 2005 at the 1515 Arts Building within the three story concrete stairwell. The sounds utilized are based on site recordings of the space and towering central flourescent lighting fixture itself. Thick white audio wires draped down from the ceiling and small speakers adhered to the glass panelled staircase.

Due to the spiral shape of the staircase and the speakers positioning (pointing towards the center of the space) different levels and interactions of frequencies surfaced within the space as the glass panes acted as conduits for the lower frequency bands.

Although no recording could quite capture the full physical and visual experience of being in the space with its lights and the viewer/listeners own movement choice, this recording is not meant to be a completed "composition" but rather a stereo approximation of an installation environment, suggesting a listeners gradual movement upwards through the space/sound field, albiet a very slowed down one, in order to note more apparently the nature of each level of the installation's components. This 60 minute journey reflects opening three cycles of the various looped and tuned components. Due to the quiet nature of the piece itself this work is meant for low volume listening.


released June 1, 2006



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richard chartier Los Angeles, California

Richard Chartier is a Los Angeles-based artist considered one of the key figures in minimalist sound art. Chartier’s works explore the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself.

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