Music to park by

Photo courtesy Machine Project

Chris Kallmyer is a Los Angeles performer, composer and “sound artist” who holds the title of Curator of Sound Programming at Machine Project, Echo Park’s alternative art space.  Today, perhaps as this post is being published,  Kallmyer is somewhere in the parking garage of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He won’t be looking for a space or parking cars. Instead, he will be presenting “Music for Parking Garages,” a site-specific “sound work” created as part of Machine Project’s two-week long residency at the Minnesota museum. Kallmyer, who has performed sound works in igloos, is scheduled to perform and present several ambient musical pieces during a five-hour long show. The details on his website read:

These pieces will create a warm ambient environment for visitors as they park their cars, stop in to listen, or even nap to the music. Come pull up a bean bag chair or backseat, and experience the acoustical charm of the parking structure.

For those who could not attend Kallmyer’s garage band concert, here’s a previously recorded sample of what you missed. Honk your horn once if you like what you hear.

Walker Improvisations by ckallmyer

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  1. I know it’s not the same person but when I worked in Long Beach in 1995, there was a man who used to play the trumpet in the far reaches of the parking structure of our building.
    The structure was open on one side (great viewing of the Grand Prix) and the sound moved in different ways around the garage. Sometimes when I was leaving work he’d be playing and I sit in the car listening. The hard walls and the physical structure made for interesting acoustics…
    Nice to read that someone else is studying the sound dynamics of these places and sharing the music.

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