Urban Tumbleweed

Nathan Lareau's avatar Nathan Lareau

I am a composer, and sculptor—a musician of sound and visual space. My work is influenced by my background in percussion and traditional music studies. My interests lie in a search for how elements of music exist in the physical world, both visually and aurally, and how they can be used as compositional potentiality. I investigate these relationships and connections to reveal and expand how our perceptions of sight and sound might shape and influence the variety of things we consider “musical”. In Urban Tumbleweed, I use landscape and terrain as a musical score by mapping topography. Rhythm Rover, pictured above, contains a digital audio recorder and is designed to capture the rhythms created as it traverses various terrain. The syncopation of the rhythm is shaped by the physical characteristics of the terrain and the tempo determined by the pitch. Urban Tumbleweed was created in Omaha, NE during my residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2013.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: digital video, wood, steel, audio recorder
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: variable