brian harnetty

Brian Harnetty is a musician and artist from Ohio, and his work involves overlooked elements of sound. Many of his pieces transform found material -- including field recordings, transcriptions, and historic recordings -- into personal sound worlds. For the past several years, this has led to a focus on projects with specific archives, including the Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives in Kentucky. 

More recently, Brian Harnetty was commissioned by the Electronic Sound Studio in Chicago to work with the Sun Ra / El Saturn archive.

When Brian Harnetty was commissioned to work with the Sun Ra / El Saturn archives in Chicago, his goal was to develop a series of conversations with Sun Ra through the many recordings in the collection. On one level, the resulting pieces combine these diverse materials to create a sonic collage. On another level, Harnetty uses these elements to reveal multi-layered stories, drawing out the many connections and complexities of the Sun Ra archives. 

June 2012, Keith Hanlon's Scioto Records label released a first 7" single from this project: "The Sociophonic Key".

Brian Harnetty
The Sociophonic Key (from the Sun Ra / El Saturn Archives)
Limited Edition Numbered 7" Vinyl (500 copies), Digital Download
Catalog # SR-004
Release Date: June 19,  2012
List Price: $6.98

  brian harnetty: the sociophonic key
    (2012, 7", usa, scioto records sr-004) - sun ra collage

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With "The Sociophonic Key," Harnetty has created a stand-alone work drawn from "The Star Faced One," a 2010 sound installation at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. 
Despite the variety of samples used many subtle relationships are heard--both literal and fantastic--from Sun Ra rehearsing a group of children fading into an answering machine, to the intensity of a gospel preacher alongside the Arkestra's invitation to
join them in outer space. 
"It is a huge, rambling collection of recordings that are only loosely held together by the presence of Sun Ra," explains Harnetty. "There are rehearsals, live concerts, lectures, TV shows, and so on. I spent most of my time listening closely, as
a fan and out of curiosity, searching for correlations, links, and routes of connection." In the end, these recordings create networks of reference and dialogue that both point to the past and imagine new futures.

"The Sociophonic Key" is available as a numbered and limited edition on black 7" vinyl. The artwork was created by Jay Pluck and printed at Igloo Letterpress in Ohio.

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