Two images to admire as extensions of the sound artwork of Max Neuhaus (1939-2009):
In Public Supply I, Neuhaus “combined a radio station with the telephone network and created a two-way public aural space twenty miles in diameter encompassing New York City, where any inhabitant could join a live dialogue with sound by making a phone call.”
Listen here to an audio file of the artwork.
This poster was one of a series of artworks Neuhaus made on the concept of aural attention in various media between 1966 and 1978.
Of the poster above, Neuhaus wrote,
I organized ‘field-trips’ to places which were generally inaccessible and had sounds which could never be captured on a recording. I also did some versions as publications. One of these was a poster with a view looking up from under the Brooklyn Bridge, with the word LISTEN stamped in large letters on the underside of the bridge. It came from a long fascination of mine with sounds of traffic moving across that bridge – the rich sound texture formed from hundreds of tires rolling over the open grating of the roadbed, each with a different speed and tread.