jərˈmān: Two Sound Art Pieces by Sarah Boothroyd

Welcome to the January installment of jərˈmān. Please enjoy these cold cuts in the middle of this cold month. These two pieces from artist Sarah Boothroyd are sculpted sound, a sculpting of the rumblings and waves that we are immersed in. In this sculpting, the pieces uncover the music already immanent in the rumblings around us. This is a poetry for the plugged-in-unconscious.

Rabble Rousers

2012 Stereo 28 minutes

"Protest, evasion, merry distrust, and a delight in mockery are symptoms of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche


A crowd of dissenters claps, chants, cheers, and shouts into the open air. Their chance choral creations are at once jubilant and angry, orderly and chaotic, rhythmic and random, melodious and cacophonous. Touching on ethics, justice, democracy, and global citizenship, Rabble Rousers explores the notion of protest as a spontaneous installation of improvised 'music' in public space.

Rabble Rousers features field recordings of protests from around the globe – including many culled from the Occupy Movement – as well as Creative Commons contributions from random coil, pleq (bartosz dziadosz), PAPERCUTZ, Carlos Lemosh, marcus fischer, upsteria, Erstlaub, Aurastore, Aos Crowley(Matt Dean), pocka (Brad Mitchell), Matthias Kispert, and the Prelinger Archives.

Thumbnail image credit: Stan Jourdan.


Sex and Death

2010 Stereo 3 minutes

Three-minute spin on time-lapse phonography. Fragments, questions, and the banal. Life stories and other accidents.

Thumbnail image credit: Dan Anderson.



The audio work of Canadian Sarah Boothroyd has been featured by broadcasters, festivals and galleries in over 25 countries. She has won awards from Third Coast International Audio Festival, New York Festivals, the European Broadcasting Union, and La Muse En Circuit. Her website is www.sarahboothroyd.com.