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Work toward an MFA in design by Zachary Todd Barr

At the start of the year, composer Zachary Todd Barr made, for 32 days straight, recordings of sounds from what he describes as “the domestic interior.” There was handwriting on day 31, dishwashing on day 29, and dusting on day 23, just to name a few. Some of the pieces are more intentionally musical than others, such as a highly rhythmic, if occasionally chaotic, piece “created from the wood and glass of kitchen cabinets”:

In other pieces, the selected sound is heard amid the general noises of daily life, including the drone of ventilation what must be the voices of people nearby. According to a brief bio on his website, Barr has degrees in music and physics, and he is currently pursuing an MFA in interior design at the Parsons the New School for Design: “a focus on what lies in the overlap between interiors, sound, interactivity, and performance.” Which explains why his recordings are listed as “Sounding Domestic / Thesis Journal.” More from Barr at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Charlotte Interior
    [ Posted October 9, 2013, at 11:31 am ]

    I had to laugh at first but curiosity got the better of me so I had to check it out… pretty cool! Blending interior design with sound using the sounds of interior design! Thank you! You blew my mind!

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