[ http://www.max-neuhaus.info ]
Born; 1939, Beaumont, Texas. Lives in Paris & Italy.
He studied percussion with Paul Price at the Manhattan School of Music
and became a renowned exponent of contemporary percussion music, performing
as a percussion soloist on concert tours throughout the United States
with Pierre Boulez (1962-63) and Karlheinz Stockhausen (1963-64).
In 1964 and 1965 he presented solo recitals in the Carnegie Hall in
New York City and in fifteen major European cities. His work as a percussionist
culminated in an album of contemporary solo percussion works which he
recorded for Columbia Masterworks in 1968.
From the mid sixties on, however, he began to invent new art forms.
He coined the term "sound installation" to describe his sound
works which were not events, but long-term sounds (months or even years)
which he built for specific locations. Based on the premise that our
sense of place depends on what we hear, as well as what we see, he utilizes
a given social and aural context as a foundation to build a new perception
of place with sound.
His broadcast works combine radio and telephone networks to form large
two-way "aural spaces" within which the public interacts with
sound. A recent series of works, 'Time Pieces", utilize the cessation
of sound to create a periodic sense of silence throughout a community.
Over the last two and a half decades he has created a large number of
works for various environments including permanent works in the United
States (Times Square in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art
in Chicago) and Europe (Domaine de Kerguehennec, Locmine, France, CAPC
Musee d'Art Contemporian, Bordeaux, France, the AOK Building, Kassel,
Germany, and the Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland) along with numerous short-term
works in museums and exhibitions (The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney
Museum of American Art, and the Clocktower in New York City; ARC, Musée
d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Centre National d'Art Contemporain,
Grenoble, France, Documenta 6 and 9, Kassel, Germany, and the Kunsthalle
He designs the sound generation and projection systems, which realize
his work, himself. He has originated new concepts of aural urban design,
and has recently utilized his knowledge of sound technology and the
psychology of sound to design a new, more humane and safer set of sounds
for emergency vehicles.
In support of his work, Max Neuhaus has been awarded fellowships by
the Rockefeller Foundation, the University of Chicago, the Deutsche
Akademische Austauschdienst, and both the music and plastic arts sections
of the National Endowment for the Arts.