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KUAF Arts Beat: Creating an Art Exhibit's Soundtrack

Courtesy Amos Cochran

Arkansas-based composer Amos Cochran is one of the artists included in Color Field, a new exhibit up now at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Using abstract sounds recorded from in and around the museum paired with synthetic tones and traditional instruments, Cochran uses texture, rather than melody, to bring out listeners’ emotions for a soundtrack experience while taking in the large colorful works in the exhibit.


“With Color Field painting, the idea behind it is color is no longer tied to narrative. And color is what brings out the emotion,’” he explains. “That, to some extent, is what I wanted to do with the textures - use the textures to draw out the emotion.”


Two versions of “Soundscape” are available on Crystal Bridges’ website and app to experience while viewing Color Field.


The music will also play in the North Forest at these times: 12 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, as well as 6:40 p.m. Saturdays before the Forest Concert Series.


Cochran will also perform live as part of this weekend's Garden Party from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Skyspace.


Listen to the full KUAF Arts Beat conversation with the streaming link above.

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