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Cornell According to Sound

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8:00pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Class of '56 Flexible Theatre
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

For two nights at the Flex Theater in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett of The World According to Sound will be performing a live audio show that represents Cornell University entirely through sound. The four shows are at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Chris and Sam have spent all semester recording sounds on and around campus, digging through archives, and listening to all the research at Cornell connected to the auditory world. And now they’re going to share everything they’ve discovered and created with you in an hour-long, surround sound, live audio show. They will set up a ring of powerful speakers, pass out eye masks, shut off the lights, and surround you with sound. They will transport you into the gears of a 19th-century Reuleaux machine, through a particle accelerator, alongside the skates of a hockey player, and into the stomach of a cow. It will be the Cornell you know in a way you’d never heard it before. 

Pre-show events will include pop-up kiosks/signs/listening stations across campus at locations where the team has captured sound to increase awareness about the role and impact of sound in our lives.

This is the third in a series of “Arts Unplugged” events sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and open to the public.

The performances are free and open to the public but be sure to save your seat by securing a free ticket at Eventbrite.


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College of Arts & Sciences, English, Department of Performing and Media Arts, Science and Technology Studies, Society for the Humanities, Media Studies


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Kathy Hovis

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Chris Hoff and Sam Harnett

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The World According to Sound

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