Release: Heard in LA

A loudspeaker mounted on top of a pole in front of a clear blue sky

Launching in Spring 2022

Release: Heard in LA is a curatorial project that is part of a continuum of online sound projects– The Lament Project (2008), Dry Run (2012), Imagining Tellus 28- Heard in LA (2017) and Project Scream (2019) for the web-based curatorial initiative, archive, and virtual studio, viralnet-v4.net.

These sound projects grew from the desire to expand the critical and conceptual understanding of sound as a countercultural alternative to pop culture and contemporary media. This new viralnet-v4 project will be built upon an ongoing collaborative impulse through the diverse assembly of emerging and underrepresented transdisciplinary artists.

Release: Heard in LA will encourage the participating artists to invent new and personal projects that explore a full range of sonic possibilities, spanning spoken word, noise, electronics, acoustic and multi-instrumental compositions and improvisations.

We will draw from current and former artists from the Los Angeles region, asking them to respond to the word “Release.” We have chosen the word “Release” as a play on the word for “dropping” a new recording, juxtaposed with the aspiration that we can be released from the restrictions of our current crises into a post-future consisting of meaningful networked relationships, ecological sustainability, and mutual socio-economic justice . However, the title and responses are not meant to be a direct correlation to the Covid-19 virus or other current issues–– instead, the artists will be asked to create works that are personal interpretations of the word that can interrupt our habitual patterns of listening and thinking.