Elastic Ambience | A Sound Artwork by Julian Day

Elastic Ambience, by Julian Day

Responding to our sense of time metamorphosing during COVID-19—days stretching into months, hours contracting into minutes—Julian Day offers a series of 24 hour-long soundscapes, creating a ‘clock’ that uses sound to differentiate our sense of passing hours. Inspired by Erik Satie’s century-old concept of ‘furniture music’ and influenced by the rich domain of ambient composition, Elastic Ambience is a set of aural moods that mark the hours.

Starting Tuesday, December 8, 2020, one hour of sound was added each day, until 24 one-hour compositions had accumulated, completing the 24-hour aural clock by 12am on New Year’s Day, 2021. It now remains available to listen to at any time.

This project is supported in part the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California, Los Angeles and Ability Central.

Image: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech