STUART HYATT

FEBRUARY 5 – MARCH 9, 2018

OPENING FEBRUARY 5, 5 – 6 P.M.

 

Glen Rose Formation is the fifth album in Stuart Hyatt’s Field Works series of original music based on audio field recordings. Each album begins with Hyatt’s deep exploration of a region’s soundscape, using captured audio as compositional elements. Combining these field recordings with interviews and historic documents, Hyatt weaves together a sonic palette that is entirely unique to a place. He then enlists fellow musicians to collaborate in the writing and recording of album-length material. The resulting records stand as both engaging listening experiences and site-specific public artworks.

Glen Rose Formation was commissioned by the Texas State Galleries. During several visits to the region, Hyatt traveled deep into the Texas Hill Country, inspired by its unique geologic features and subterranean caverns. He enlisted an interdisciplinary team of collaborators—geologists, archaeologists, sound engineers, painters, and composers—in the making of the album. Significant time was spent in one cavern, the “Cave Without a Name” in Boerne, TX, where Hyatt and a team of audio engineers determined the resonant bass frequencies in the cave. These frequencies form the musical foundation of the album’s compositions, which aim to give the listener a nuanced experience of the region’s fascinating geologic history. Hyatt interviewed nonagenarian Mary McGrath Curry, who discovered the cave when she was roughly six years old and her voice leads the listener through the music.

The Field Works collective will premiere the album with a live performance from deep inside the Cave Without a Name. A large-scale installation at the Texas State Galleries featuring video projection, a wall collage, collected artifacts, and found objects will coincide with the album’s release. Glen Rose Formation will be included in a seven-album Field Works vinyl LP boxed set, scheduled for release in summer 2018 on Temporary Residence Limited.

 

PERFORMANCE MARCH 3, 7 P.M.

CAVE WITHOUT A NAME

BOERNE, TX

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