About the Project:
“Carnegie’s Monocle” is a collaborative investigation between CMU’s School of Art and School of Music courses Real-Time Animation (DeYoung) and Experimental Sound Synthesis, IDeATe network, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Oakland) to explore contents from the library’s special collections and its architectural design, through augmented reality and site-specific sound installation.
The project engages with the library’s unique collection of electronic music instruments, historic sheet music, as well as the library’s own cultural significance to the city. The sound installations mix re-synthesized recordings of the collection of songs celebrating locales around Pittsburgh with current-day site-specific recordings of these locations in 2019. The locations presented in the exhibitions are: The Duquesne incline, South Side, Shade Side, and the Library itself.
Inspired by songs with titles such as The Iron Horse Etude, South Side Polka, Shady Side Mazurka, and The Carnegie Library March, sourced from the library’s Historical Pittsburgh Sheet Music Collection, these soundscapes present a sonic genealogy of the city transforms through time and space.
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