The Asylum soundscape was installed in April & May of 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin at the pedestrian/bike passageway along the Yahara river at Tenney Park.
The inspiration for the piece was the dramatic sound of rain abruptly stopping and starting again when you drive under a bridge during a rainstorm. The silence marks the passage under the bridge and back out into the world; it is an auditory experience that draws attention to a brief moment of transition that might otherwise go unnoticed.
The Asylum composition used abstracted recordings collected from the site combined with snippets of song and the sounds of pouring rain to create a world where the boundaries between real and imagined were no longer clear.
Read more about Asylum in this article in the Wisconsin State Journal by Gayle Warland or read an interview with the artists by Toby Kaufmann-Buhler for the Spackle Blog below.