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Steve Peters with visual artist Christine Wallers, "The Alchemy of Desire", at the Historic San Ysidro Church in Corrales, New Mexico, 2000. Recorded prayers for the Earth played through "singing" metal bowls.

Steve Peters

Steve Peters creates music and immersive sound installations in live performances, galleries and public spaces. Much of his work is about connecting people to place. Peters works with found sound: putting microphones on cactus, recording the shrieking sounds of tiny red ants. "I hear them as evidence of Life in progress, a landscape being and becoming, a web of communication and interaction, time passing, presence."

In 1999, Steve Peters made a series of visits to a venue for site-specific environmental art in the New Mexico desert known as The Land, spending days and nights in silent listening. The resulting body of work, installation, booklet and CD, titled "Here-ings: a Sonic Geohistory", documented both the extraordinary soundscapes he encountered during his stay and his own gradual understanding of the nuanced beauty of his environment.

For "Delicate Abrasions", in 2003, the artist recorded his interactions with the surfaces of a storage shack near the Klaudia Marr Gallery in Santa Fe, NM. He then created an immersive 12-channel installation in the gallery to awaken listeners to the subtle creaks, thuds and scratching sounds of a place few care to visit. Like his 2003 project, "The Alchemy   . .(Read more)

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