Scott Smallwood

sound artist, composer, performer, educator


selected writings

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Locus Sono: A Listening Game for NIME. [ PDF ]
Smallwood, Scott. "Locus Sono: A Listening Game for NIME." In Proceedings of the 2017 NIME Conference, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, DK, May 14-19, 2017. This paper describes the creation of an experimental audio/listening game entitled Locus Sono.

Coronium 3500: A Solarsonic Installation for Caramoor. [ PDF ]
Smallwood, Scott. "Coronium 3500: A Solarsonic Installation for Caramoor." In Proceedings of the 2016 NIME Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, July 11-15, 2016. This paper describes the development, creation, and deployment of a sound installation entitled Coronium 3500 (Lucie's Halo), commissioned by the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

Lopserus: An Approach to Improvised Sound Performance. [ PDF ]
Moore, Stephan and Scott Smallwood. "Lopserus: An Approach to Improvised Sound Performance." In Proceedings of the Symposium on Acoustic Ecology, University of Kent, Chatham Maritime, Kent, UK, Nov. 8-9, 2013. This paper describes a performance piece entitled Losperus, by Evidence (Stephan Moore + Scott Smallwood) that uses small microphones, resonant objects and commonplace motorized devices to create a dense, evolving texture of amplified sound.

Sound Art at Burning Man: Sonic Interventions in an Extreme Environment Performance. [ PDF ]
Moore, Stephan and Scott Smallwood. "Sound Art at Burning Man: Sonic Interventions in an Extreme Environment." In Proceedings of the Symposium Musique et écologies du son / Music and ecologies of sound, Universite Paris 8, Paris, May 27-30, 2013. This paper describes the type of sound art work that is exhibited at the Burning Man Festival, focusing on the environmental and social factors that go into planning, conceptualizing, and building these artworks.

Solarsonics: Patterns of Ecological Praxis in Solar-powered Sound Art. [ PDF ]
Smallwood, Scott and Jared Bielby. "Solarsonics: Patterns of Ecological Praxis in Solar-powered Sound Art." In Proceedings of the Symposium Musique et écologies du son / Music and ecologies of sound, Universite Paris 8, Paris, May 27-30, 2013. This paper surveys solarsonic works by several artists, including work by Scott Smallwood.

Virtuosic Listening: Context in Soundscapes and Music.
Smallwood, Scott. "Virtuosic Listening: Context in Soundscapes and Music." In Anthology of Essays on Deep Listening. Kingston, NY: Deep Listening Publications, 2012, pp. 205-220.

The Soundscape of Burning Man. [ PDF ]
Moore, Stephan and Scott Smallwood. "The Soundscape of Burning Man." Soundscape Journal. Vol. 11, Number 1, Fall/Winter 2011, pp. 47-51. This paper discusses the soundscape of the Burning Man Festival, derived from observations of over eight years of participating in the event.

Metafiscal Services in the Middle of Nowhere. [ PDF ]
Moore, Stephan, David Ogawa and Scott Smallwood. "Metafiscal Services in the Middle of Nowhere." Presented at the Radical Aesthetics and Politics: Intersections in Music, Art, and Critical Social Theory, Hunter College, CUNY, December 2011. This paper describes at art project entitled the KTM (Karmic Teller Machine), a conceptual sound art piece that has been exhibited at the Burning Man event since 2007.

Solar Sound Arts: Creating Instruments and Devices Powered by Photovoltaic Technologies. [ PDF ]
Smallwood, Scott. "Solar Sound Arts: Creating Instruments and Devices Powered by Photovoltaic Technologies." In Proceedings of the 2011 New Instruments for Musical Expression Conference, 30 May–1 June 2011, Oslo, Norway.

Receiver: Exploring Soundscape through Radio Composition and Audience Improvisation. [ PDF ]
Moore, Stephan and Scott Smallwood. "Receiver: Exploring Soundscape through Radio Composition and Audience Improvisation." In Proceedings of the 2010 World Forum for Acoustic Ecology Conference, Koli, Finland, June 16-19, 2010.

SOLA: Sustainable Orchestras of Laptops and Analog.
Cook, Perry and Scott Smallwood. "SOLA: Sustainable Orchestras of Laptops and Analog." Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 20, 2010, pp. 89-95. A paper that investigates approaches to powering laptop orchestras with solar technologies, and a preliminary investigation into solar-powered sound circuitry.

Build Your Own Delorian [ PDF ]
Smallwood Scott, Perry Cook, and Dan Trueman. "Don't Forget the Loudspeaker: A History of Hemispherical Speakers at Princeton, Plus a DIY Guide." In Proceedings of the 2009 New Instruments for Musical Expression Conference, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, June, 2009.

Composing for Laptop Orchestra.
Smallwood, Scott, Dan Trueman, Perry Cook and Ge Wang. "Composing for Laptop Orchestra." Computer Music Journal, Spring 2008, pp. 9-25. This paper describes techniques for creating compositions for large-scale networked laptop orchestras.

The Laptop Orchestra as Classroom.
Wang, Ge, Dan Trueman, Scott Smallwood, and Perry Cook. "The Laptop Orchestra as Classroom." Computer Music Journal, Spring 2008, pp. 26-37. This paper discusses techniques for teaching computer music composition and performance using large-scale networked laptop orchestras.

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