Architectural Explorations in Sound

The M S P S N e w M u s i c F e s t i v a l  2 0 1 1 will exhibit site-specific performances, installations and recorded compositions. The theme of the exhibition is “Architectural Explorations in Sound” in response to the pumping station house where the festival will take place and the wealth of acoustic information to be gleaned from the brick, glass and iron within the interior of the space.

The McNeill Street Pumping Station, located near downtown Shreveport on the banks of Cross Bayou, is Shreveport’s original waterworks. The first water plant facilities, including steam-driven pumps, were installed on the site in 1887 as part of the construction of Shreveport’s first municipal water system, which was only the second such municipal system in the entire state.

Artists and musicians for whom the relationship of sound and space are central to their practice will exhibit compositions and performances whose content is inextricable from the context within which it is performed and/or written. The dialog that we want to engage in deals with the ephemeral within the acts of exploration and meditation upon the spaces that we inhabit and what information sound can give us about these spaces. If you have ever wanted to participate in the experience of an artist “playing a building”, creating a microphone array to capture silence in an enclosed space, or live synthesizing the sounds of a brick and iron smokestack creaking in the wind, then we invite you to join us on Friday October 14th, 2011 at the McNeill Street Pumping Station.


Performance Category

Tim Hecker

Mark Fell

Andrew Raffo Dewar

Paul Purgas & Shelley Parker

Simon Whethem

John Dombroski


Grady Gerbracht

Installation Category

Eli Keszler

Berglind Maria Tomasdottir

Dacoda Montana

Alison Dickson West & Jordan West

Ian Quiet

Peter Fetterman


 Chris Alexander

Listening Category

Lawrence English

Marinos Koutsomichalis

Michael Schwalke II

Oliver Wilshen & Niall Quinn

Desire Obtain Cherish

Thanos Chrysakis

Oscillatoria Binnage

Denise Ritter

Guilluame Chappez

Mike Hallenbeck

Federico DeBiase

Robert Trudeau

Otto Electro

Mateusz Wysocki


MSPS New Music Festival 2011:

Photos by Stan Carpenter



Swampland, INC.


Red River Corp.

KSCL 91.3

Downtown Development Authority

Downtown Shreveport Unlimited

ASAP Express Delivery, LLC

Pam Lovell

Rachel Rebouche & Paul Gugliuzza

Raymond Garcia Construction

Michael A. Schwalke, M.D., FACS


Marilynn’s Place  (Gumbo Extraordinaire)

Shreveport Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau


NAB Natural Resources

World Famous Lagniappe Catering

Tipitina’s Music Co-Op – SHV