SONIC PERIPHERIES#2
Lou Mallozzi
2009-06-26

Lou Mallozzi is a sound artist who dismantles and reconstitutes sounds, images, and gestures in performances, installations, broadcasts, and music works. His primary interest is in phonography: the interrogation of representation through sound recording and playback. In addition to solo works, he has collaborated with a number of artists and musicians, including Maurizio Pellegrin, Antonia Contro, Sandra Binion, Mats Gustafsson, Birgit Uhler, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Charlotte Hug, Michael Vorfeld, and many others.

Venues have included the Radiorevolten Festival in Halle, Germany; Podewil in Berlin; Bayersicher Rundfunk in Munich; The Renaissance Society in Chicago; Experimental Intermedia in New York; The Subtropics Experimental Music Festival in Miami; and many more. Mallozzi is also a sound designer for cinema, with credits including  “Israel in Exile” by Juan Ramirez, “Dream Havana” by Gary Marks, “Round” by Daniele Wilmouth and Hiroshi MacDonald Mori, and “Jean Genet in Chicago: Preserving Disorder” by Frederic Moffet.  He is the executive director of Experimental Sound Studio, a nonprofit sonic arts organization in Chicago, and is on the faculty of the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

[Sound Installation]
“Unattended Packages” is a structured sound improvisation that uses a found object — in this case, a sound effects record — as a temporal grid and acousmatic trigger for the performer to adhere to and to deviate from. Lou Mallozzi will perform with a variety of electronic, electromagnetic, and linguistic tools in this endeavor.

“Held” is a sound installation in which two raw loudspeakers act as prostheses for an absent body.  It emphasizes the “empty” time between actions — inhalations and exhalations — as a way to allow the listener to occupy a space left for anticipation.