Tom Montagliano is a well-known spacial sound artist touring the country to perform sound baths. He will be performing at Wickerson Studios on Thursday September 7th at 8:00. Admission is $25 and tickets will be available for purchase soon.
An Immersive Sound Bath is very similar in nature to a traditional sound baths, however, instead of playing instruments such as glass bowls or gongs, the sounds are created within a circle of 8 independent speakers utilizing the infinite possibilities of electronic sounds. With this unique setup, the movement and frequency of the sounds can be controlled on a very precise level using custom software to move sound in a circular pattern. The cyclical nature of the swirling sounds invokes a blissful and peaceful trancelike state unlike any other. Additionally, because the sounds selected are neutral (not from nature or traditional instruments) it enables listeners to become easily immersed in thought and to effortlessly project their own imagery onto the soundscape.
The Immersive Sound Bath itself begins by inviting the group to create a cozy place for themselves on the floor with pads, blankets, pillows, and perhaps, an eye cover. Then there is a brief introduction and greeting followed by 50 minutes of ambient electronic music with 8 speakers setup in a circle around the group. Tom has recently expanded his mobile setup with the introduction of the Immersive Igloo. The Immersive Igloo is a 40 foot illuminated, inflatable structure that creates the isolation and environment needed to easily escape to the heavenly soundscapes he has carefully constructed. Within this extraordinary sanctuary, Tom offers a diverse variety of innovative art including Immersive Sound Baths, live sound journeys and interactive sound installations. After the immersion comes to a gentle closing, the session ends with a few minutes of silence as they slowly come back into awareness.
To listen to a sample of an Immersive Sound Bath please look at https://soundcloud.com/tommontagliano/aquamarine