Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Even more Goldwell

Sun Boxes is a solar powered sound installation. It's comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. Inside each Sun Box is a PC board that has a recorded guitar note loaded and programmed to play continuously in a loop. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

The piece creates space; it's an environment for one to enter and exit. the footprint this environment occupies is similar to that of a city. A metropolis. It's a burst of technology in the middle of nature. Unlike most cities I have been to, it does not just take over the space. Rather, Sun Boxes interfaces with the environment and collaborates with nature. It is the perfect combination of technology and nature that create art, an environment, and a metropolis.

Participants are encouraged to walk amongst the speakers, and surround themselves with the piece. Certain speakers will be closer and, therefore, louder so the piece will sound different to different people in different positions throughout the array. Allowing the audience to move around the piece will create a unique experience for everyone.

We are all reliant on the sun. It's refreshing to be reminded of this. Our lives have filled up with technology. But we still need the sun and so does Sun Boxes. Karlheinze Stockhausen once said "using Short-Wave radios in pieces was like improvising with the world." Similarly Sun Boxes are collaborating with the planet and it's relation to the sun.

Photos by "Sexy" David Sanchez Burr

Monday, September 6, 2010

More Goldwell


In June 2009 I went to the desert for the first Sun Boxes show as part of Off The Grid with David Sanchez Burr and Richard Vosseller.

Monday, August 30, 2010

July 2009

Mr. Boots and one of the first boxes.

The speakers begin to pile up in the drive way.

Getting ready for the desert.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I've been thinking about space and sound for a while. I wanted to pursue some of the ideas that came up with C U B EM U S I C with a "solar" element.

C U B EM U S I C is an installation incorporating, sound, light and sculpture. There are six 4 foot by 4 foot cubes constructed of aluminum. Each cube has a series of different geometric shapes cut out of the sides. From within each cube emanates a different lighting pattern from three sources as well as a different four-note chord swelling in volume. Together the chords create a thick and dense web of sound that constantly changes. The sounds of C U B EM U S I C engulf the listener. The lights glow and decay in varying patterns through the geometric shapes casting shadows all over the room. The entire space becomes C U B EM U S I C, a throbbing, pulsing environment for one to enter and leave at will.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


photo by David Sanchez Burr

While on tour with MB 89 in 2007, I found myself in the desert a lot, totally digging the vastness of it all. Dave and I played some music outside of Vegas for a few hours. Short-wave radio and Bass Clarinet. I think the sound of Sun Boxes came from my time in the deserts of the west.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Start

David Sanchez Burr Photo by Richard Vosseller

In November 2008, long time collaborator and good friend "Sexy" David Sanchez Burr called me up and said," YO! Come up with something solar, we have a residency in the desert." He hung up and I thought about it for a while. Although I would cite Dave as the main catalyst, Sun Boxes had already started, long before that phone call. Like a lot my pieces it's very hard to pin point the actual beginning. It seems more accurate to say there were many observations collected along the way. And then one day I woke up to find 20 solar powered speakers.