Andrew Thompson is a sound artist whose soundscapes revolve around themes of memory, shared space, and the rituals in which we take part as individuals and as a community. In line with 1970’s minimalist composers, Andrew aims to eliminate the barriers between artist and audience. In witnessing the process of art together, Andrew sees an unparalleled possibility of connection.
Since his graduation in 2010 from the University of Maine at Farmington, Andrew’s recent work has become intensely site-specific. “Heard” explores the “notion of how histories and memories change and are affected by their local environment.” The recording features real and fake histories of Farmington which were shouted across a field, collecting environmental sounds and dissipating in the wind along the way. In the installation, the stories are played from a series of haystacks.
A second piece, “Under the Rocks are the Words” is an installation of rock and a long recording of the local Sandy River. This quiet and contemplative piece takes its name from Norman Maclean’s “A River Runs Through It.”
Andrew’s current project is sonic map of Portland, Maine. This compilation of hour-long recordings at each crosswalk will focus on the geography of space and community of the city.