For sound artist Jason Sloan, music can be found in unlikely places. From recordings of ambient sounds in rural environments to audio extracted by software from the digital noise of a photograph, anything is fair game for this eclectic and innovative artist.
Jason is an electronic musician, composer, new.media, sound and net.work artist working from Baltimore, Maryland. His work explores the aspects of spirituality and it’s connection in life, death, memory, systems and the virtual world. Through his performances, installations, audio environments, videos, net.work actions and sound recordings, Jason examines the need for transcendence beyond the body through a vehicle of visual ritual and sonic stimulation. He feels an urgency to evoke a collective experience between the viewer, listener and artist that can bridge the gap between the physical and non-physical worlds. The focus of this transcendence is not to conform to any current trends or systems, but to take a non-dogmatic approach to artistic and intellectual inquiry that explores the basic human need for spiritual alignment or wholeness.
In 2002 Sloan co-founded SLO.BOR Media with sound artist & web designer Matt Borghi as a vehicle for their individual releases and a platform for other artists. SLO.BOR Media is primarily a record label, but focuses on a variety of media and forms of distribution. SLO.BOR Media is also quite concerned with packaging, design, new media, and conceptual art.
Jason’s performances, installations, net.art and video works have been exhibited internationally including Berlin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kiev, Nagoya, Saint-Petersburg, Toulouse and Vienna. Jason released over a dozen studio albums and e.p.’s over the last decade on various record labels, and played live all over the US and Canada, including the influential Live Constructions radio program at Columbia University and Philadelphia’s The Gatherings concert series, one of the country’s oldest continuing ambient and electronic music series.
Jason is a Professor teaching full-time in the Interaction Design and Art [IDA] Department and coordinator for the soundArt concentration at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
Listen closely as Jason delivers some of the most innovative responses to the 12 Questions Questionnaire we’ve seen so far.
1. What is your hometown?
2. With what fictional character do you most identify?
3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.
4. What work of art speaks to your soul?
5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?
“Ocean of Sound” by David Toop
“Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” by Chuck Klosterman
6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?
7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?
8. Cat person or dog person?
9. What is more important, truth or kindness?
10. How do you define sin?
11. How do you define virtue?
12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?
Just a blank headstone with a flush mounted speaker playing audio that was extracted from an image of myself.
[This clip was created with software that generated a sound file from a portrait of myself.]
Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?
Chris Carter and/or Cosey Fanni Tutti