The natural soundscape is rich with color and nuance beyond imagination. It is from this sonic metaworld that I draw inspiration for my projects. I have collected audio from specific soundmarks and composed audio pieces based on these sounds. These compositions are each presented with a visual analog, focusing on the oft-ignored and uncommon aspects of our everyday sound world. My art takes the common and reveals it as uncommon, offering a fresh perspective to our aural and visual world.
The human perception of sound has a relationship with the other senses. As I grew to appreciate this relationship between the senses, I began to realize that my musical scores—the physical scores themselves—could serve not only as performance directions, they could convey meaning as visual art in their own right. Visual art—painting, sculpture, etc.—has its own way of expressing rhythms and harmonies. I have created separate works in both visual and sonic media that are representations of these same, intangible ideas.
As a species, we have evolved to rely primarily on our sense of sight. Our brains have evolved to edit our sonic environment, to filter out “perceived” background “noise” and to process only that sound we deem necessary as information. I invite you to close your eyes, open your mind, and listen to the world through fresh ears.
Richard Bitting is an artist, composer, field recordist, and listener residing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He makes soundscape-based audio compositions, concert music, visual artworks, and sound art installations. His visual work is in museums and private collections across the United States; his music has been presented regionally, nationally and internationally. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he taught Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries and Introduction to Music Composition.
Mr. Bitting was a National Teaching Fellow (Concord University, Athens, West Virginia) and recipient of grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Meet the Composer (New York) and Arts Wave (Cincinnati). He has lectured at Christopher Newport University (Newport News, Virginia), Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Art Academy of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio) where his visual work is in the permanent collection.
He attended Philadelphia Musical Academy (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). He holds a B.A. in Music Composition/Theory from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His music composition teachers include Scott Huston (Cincinnati) and George Crumb (Philadelphia).
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