I explore the hidden sounds of cities, peeling back the sonic layers of a place to discover its subtle noises. Sound offers a unique way to investigate the world around us. It is invisible and has no form, yet is present everywhere and permeates through anything. It reaches us without effort and affects us without our knowing. With these qualities in mind, my work aims to find existing sounds that are normally unhearable, and to create sounds that have never existed before.
One of my primary goals is to shift people's attention to sounds that are usually ignored, in an attempt to broaden the listener’s understanding of the world. Through this deeper understanding, we can create new, original, and more personal relationships to our environment through the discovery of the delicate, poetic, and ephemeral sounds around us. I encourage listeners to rediscover their sonic environment by playfully exploring the world through their ears.
In both my sound documentation and creation practices, I take my work and present it in the form of workshops, helping people learn about how they can create tools for their own investigations. I want people to learn how they can teach themselves to build the things they need. Only by learning how to teach myself was I able to do and make the things I can today. I think it is critically important for artists to learn how their tools work and function, so that they can modify them for their own creative purposes.
Johann Diedrick is a Caribbean-American artist making installations, performances, and objects that let people play with sound. He shares his work through workshops, listening tours, and open-source software and hardware. He received the Asian Cultural Council 2016 Fellows grant and has been featured in Wire Magazine and Musicworks Magazine. He has exhibited internationally in numerous group exhibitions, conferences and festivals, including the Soundscapes symposium at Yale University, the NIME conference in Daejeon and Seoul, Korea, and the Invisible Places conference in Viseu, Portugal. He studied at the ITP program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU focusing on sound art. He was a researcher at the InterLab at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in Yamaguchi, Japan and worked as an interactive software developer at Qosmo in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently a senior developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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