Bill Fontan An Internationally Reputable Composer And Pioneering American Sound Artist

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Bill Fontana is an internationally reputable composer and pioneering American sound sculptor born April 25th 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. Since the mid to late 70’s Fontana has used sound as a sculptural medium, able to interact and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. Fontana is constantly engaged with the idea that at any moment there will be something musical to hear in the coherent sound patterns around him. His sound sculptures use the human or natural environment surrounding as a living source of musical information, often creating multiple networks of live listening points that relay real time acoustics to a common listening place or sculptural site. All of Fontana’s works produced over the years experiment with process of listening, recording, relocating and representing found sound patterns. Through discussion of his works and the process undertaken in his listening for different found sound, the technologies used in recording and relaying of these sounds to site, and the sites themselves through his works can be seen to complicate the idea of ‘medium’ within his practice.

Links from Fontana’s background can be seen to have influence upon the development of his practice. Fontana started his musical career in the 60’s as a composition student, attending the New School for Social Research in New York, studying both music and philosophy. It was here that Fontana became a student of John Cage’s ‘Experimental Composition’ course at the school. By…

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