Music, Image, Place
Artistic expression is always influenced by the place in which it is situated, and it shapes the place in return. Illustration: Grunge was an outgrowth of a number of conditions that existed in Seattle in the late 1980s. As a result of a depressed local economy a large number of abandoned warehouses were available as performance venues. Seattle looked like it sounded. Even the climate contributed to the development of a focused style of music-making. In the words of a local producer, “When the weather's crappy you don't feel like going outside; you go into a basement and make a lot of noise to take out your frustration." We explore the relationship between music and place through traditional research and through creative work in the Newell Center for Arts Technology.