Approach

Research
Scholarship
Creative endeavors

Focus

Sound as the basis for narrative and storytelling.
Radio as a site for creative expression.

Outcomes

Exhibitions
Installations
Radio performances / broadcasts
Recordings

John Barber > Creative

As a scholar-teacher-artist, I engage in the production of media art and digital works as both scholarship and creative endeavors inspired by research. My creative endeavors focus on sound as the basis for narrative and storytelling and radio as a fertile site for artistic expression. Descriptions and listening opportunities are provided below.
2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010

2018 Creative Endeavors

Microtopies 2018

Beginning-Middle-End

Radio art. Juried. 2018.
Broadcast as part of Música i Geografica, Barcelona, Spain, 14 June. Learn more.

Dogs Bark Far Away

Dogs Bark Far Away

Sound art. Invited. 2018.
Included in Sounding Nature, project of Cities and Memory, November 2018. Learn more.

Ecoustics

Ecoustics

Sound art. Juried. 2018.
Exhibited during Ecoacoustics Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 24-28 June. Learn more.

Hipoglote 100

Hipoglote 100

Radio art. Invited. 2018
One of three invited works to celebrate 100th episode of Hipoglote, 9 November 2018. Learn more.

Soundmaps for Dreamers II

Internet Galaxy

Recording. Juried. 2018.
Included in Sound Maps for Dreamers II, CD, Sonospace, London, England. Learn more.

Rainstorm Reveries

Rainstorm Reveries

Radio art. Juried. 2018.
Sound narrative exploring liminal listening associated with rainstorms. Learn more.

Tunnel To Another World

Tunnel To Another World

Sound art. 2018, -16, -15, -14.
What might one hear on a journey via tunnel to another world? Listen. Learn more.

Zambezi River Bridge

Zambezi River Bridge

Radio art. Juried. 2018.
Included in A Radio Bridge across the Zambezi album. Learn more.

Radio Nouspace

Radio Nouspace

Sound + radio art. Ongoing.
A virtual listening gallery for sound-based narrative projects. Learn more.

Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio

Radio art. 2013-present.
Live radio drama performances as never before seen, or heard. Learn more.

Remembering the Dead

Remembering the Dead

Multimedia art. 2015-present.
Displays and speaks the names of victims of mass shootings in America. Learn more.

2017 Creative Endeavors

11'22

11'22"

Sound art. Juried. 2017.
A sound landscape suggesting comprehension through the act of listening. Learn more.

A Change Is Gonna Come

A Change Is Gonna Come

Sound art. 2017.
An anthem for civil rights and a just society. Work to hasten its arrival. Learn more.

A Mighty Span

A Mighty Span

Sound art. Juried. 2017.
Celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Interstate Bridge. Learn more.

Another Cougar First Down and Flight Control

Another Cougar First Down and Flight Control

Sound art. Juried. 2017.
Two works for Audiograft 2017. Curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU), of Oxford Brookes University, in Oxford, England. Learn more.

Art in Dreams

Dream Cycle

Sound art. 2017.
Imagines dreams during the five interconnected stages of sleep and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) as identified by different brain waves (sounds). Learn more.

Helicotrema Festival

Imaginative Radio Plays

Radio broadcast. Juried. 2017.
One of eighteen works by international sound artists. Selected for site-specific listening. Connected with Venice Art Biennale. Learn more.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Sound art. Juried. 2017.
Obituaries for a flying squirrel, a salmon, a jellyfish, and a bird, whose bodies were found along the Oregon and Washington coasts. Explores the idea that all beings deserve to be memorialized. Learn more.

In Progress

In Progress

Radio art. Juried. 2017.
A sound narrative with a rhythm, even melody, composed entirely of mechanical sounds. As John Cage told us, everywhere we listen, there is always something to be heard in progress. Learn more.

Internet Soundscape

Internet Soundscape

Radio art. Juried. 2017, 2015, 2014, 2013.
Imagines the ebb and flow of electronic communications facilitated by the Internet, a global network of circuits and cables, routers and computers, all sharing information. Learn more.

Music Heard from Space While Admiring a View from A Hill

Music, Space, View, Hill

Sound art. Juried. 2017.
Included on A View from a Hill, CD, Linear Obsessional Recordings, London, England. Learn more.

Microtopies 2017

PSA: Interrupted Suspense

Radio art. Juried. 2017.
A re-imagined public service announcement for broadcast on Música i Geografica, Barcelona, Spain. Learn more.

2016 Creative Endeavors

Sonic Miniatures

A Train Is Arriving / Departing

Recording. Juried. 2016.
Selected by Pedro Bericat (Zaragoza, Spain), for his 1 Minute Autohypnosis project. Each iteration released as a limited edition CD distributed as mail art. Learn more.

Tomorrow, today will be yesterday

Angles, Time, Perspectives

Sound art. Juried. 2017.
The collision of tomorrow, today, and yesterday provides interesting perspectives. Results include soundscape, choral, sonic portrait, and serendipitous connection. Learn more.

graduation image

Graduation Stories

Sound art. 2017.
People tell their graduation stories while the processional music accompanies everyone's entrance to the auditorium for the ceremonies. Listen to Graduation Stories.

radioELO

radioELO

Sound art. 2013-present.
Collects and re-imagines audio artifacts of electronic / generated / computational (EGC) literature as sound-based narratives indicative of a new genre of EGC literature. Learn more.

Sound Diary

Sound Diary

Sound art. Project. 2016.
An experiment with interactive listening experiences. Listeners combine curated sounds to create sound-based narratives. Meaning is made through this interaction, and by listening. Learn more.

techne_lab

Techne_Lab Interview

Interview. Invited. 2016.
Interviewed by media artist / writer Mark Amerika as an artist-educator affiliated with the Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance program at University of Colorado at Boulder. Learn more.

Tell Me A Story

Tell Me A Story

Radio art. Juried. 2016, 2012.
Samples multiple sound sources to create a experimental, non-linear narrative of the moment intended for radio broadcast. Highlights radio as both a broadcast medium and an art form. Learn more.

Soundscapes, soundwalks, soundmaps, transects

Transects

Radio broadcast. Juried. 2016.
Transects are remixes or collages of sound found along a path through a particular area. Combines features of soundscapes, soundwalks, and sound maps to experience a place or space through listening. Learn more.

Water, Waves, Dreams

Water, Waves, Dreams

Radio broadcast. Juried. 2016.
Explores water, waves, and dreams as specific sound environments, or interpretations. Samples student projects and my recordings. Listening is specific, personal, interpretative. Learn more.

Edith by Radio art

We Can See Edith by Radio

Radio broadcast. Juried. 2016.
"What is the intermediary, and what does it herald?" The intermediary is radio, heralding hearing from and being heard by others in alternate realities or worlds. Sampling electronic voice phenomena and radio signals from space, this is one tuning. Learn more.

2015 Creative Endeavors

Ambient Pulsations

Ambient Pulsations

Sound art. Juried. 2015, 2013.
Explores a universe of pulsating sounds. The inability to visualize sound sources focuses us on listening. As a result, we take interest in sounds for their own merits, refining our listening, thus becoming more aware of our listening variations and subjectivity. Learn more.

The Stranger

The Stranger

Radio broadcast. Juried. 2015, 2014.
Imagines overheard conversations of nearby strangers as rich narrative thoughts and experiences, all unknown unless we listen. Samples BBC radio interviews and Albert Camus reading from his novel L'etranger (The Stranger). Learn more.

2013 Creative Endeavors

Between Sleep and Dreams

Between Sleep and Dreams

Radio art. Juried. 2013.
Imagines a (sub)conscious sound collage during my liminal dreaming, rising and falling like waves on the surface of perception. Samples my soundscape and student works. Learn more.

Contact

Contact

Radio art. Juried. 2013, 2012.
Imagines a radio broadcast that could connect our world with the spirit spectrum, parallel dimensions, or alien worlds beyond our universe, and what might be heard. Learn more.

Greg Lambert

Paging Greg Lambert

Radio art. Juried. 2013.
A sound narrative following an air traffic controller at a West Coast international airport. Sounds create maps from the soundscapes and auralities of Greg Lambert's day(s). Learn more.

Where's Waldo? Where's the Text?

Where's Waldo? Where's the Text?

Sound art. Juried. 2013.
Audio narrative for my presentation, "Internet Radio and Electronic Literature: Locating the Text in the Act of Listening," at the Electronic Literature Organization Conference, Paris, France, September 2013. Learn more.

2012 Creative Endeavors

Sixties Radio Narrative

A Sixties Radio Narrative

Sound art. Juried. 2012.
A narrative sampled from radio and television broadcasts of the 1960s. Remixes their original telling to create a meaningful, personal experience. Learn more.

Meditation

Meditation

Radio art. Juried. 2012.
Explores unseen sound sources associated with meditation. As a result, we refine our listening, become more aware of our listening variations and subjectivity. Learn more.

Story about Meditation

Tell Me A Story about Meditation

Radio art. Juried. 2013.
Revisits Meditation and Tell Me A Story to create a narrative of the moment, especially as that moment involves meditative listening. Learn more.

2010 Creative Endeavors

Sounds My Life

Sounds of My Life

Radio art. Juried. 2010.
Combines, layers, and remixes oral history, audio narrative, soundscapes, found sounds, radio drama, appropriation, cut ups, and sound effects to create a meaningful listening experience. Learn more.