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Dr. Hugh D. Livingston Jr.

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Company Description

_As Livingston Sound develops more and more creative approaches to shaping the outdoor environment with aesthetic punctuation and shading, the multi-sensory approach leads one to solutions that are effective for guiding, orienting and entertaining the vis ... more

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The ARTSHIP Recordings

The Silver Project

Artists Community

Board Member

Composer Fellow
The McKnight Foundation


Alcoa High School


contemporary music

California Institute of the Arts


Computer Science and Music



contemporary music

California Institute of the Arts


contemporary music

UC San Diego


UC San Diego

graduate degrees

contemporary music

University of California San Diego

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Profile - LIVINGSTON SOUND [cached]

Hugh Livingston, principal, Livingston Sound

Dec 4, 2011: Just announced: Hugh Livingston and Sonoma County Museum win grant from Fleischhacker Foundation to fund the completion of the new 16-channel sound garden at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa. Mar 30, 2012, 5-7pm: Lecture and garden tour by Hugh Livingston at the Norma & Evert Person Sound & Sculpture Garden, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Announced Jan 4, 2012: Hugh Livingston receives grant from City of Oakland Cultural Arts for the production of scenes from a lingering garden, scheduled for late May, 2012 at the extraordinary Kaiser Rooftop Garden in Oakland.
Mar 30, 2012, 5-7pm: Lecture and garden tour by Hugh Livingston at the Norma & Evert Person Sound & Sculpture Garden, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Dr. Livingston's contribution to the volume discusses the interpretation of traditional Japanese music, focusing on Bunraku, by Toshiro Mayuzumi.
Hugh appears (as himself) in the role of a high-altitude Rocky Mountain mushroom forager in Ron Mann's film Know Your Mushrooms, the first movie ever to be released on memory stick instead of DVD.
Hugh Livingston creates public sound environments and performs exploratory cello music. Hugh graduated cum laude in music from Yale, the 1990 recipient of the Bach Society Prize for excellence in musicianship and contribution to musical life at Yale. He has an MFA in contemporary music from the California Institute of the Arts and a doctorate from UC San Diego. Hugh composes situational music: responses to spaces, artists, architecture and design, history and people. His special areas of interest are spatialization, transit-related music, improvisation, collaboration with visual artists, electroacoustic music, and Asian music. Hugh is the founder of The ARTSHIP Recordings, a catalog of 54 improvised solos recorded on a 491-foot Art Deco cruiseliner. He has catalogued 120 different pizzicato techniques for the cello and conducted extensive research in China on contemporary and historical music. His first sound installation, LISTEN EDGEMAR, was created for a Frank Gehry-designed building in Santa Monica. Hugh fabricates unique sculptural speakers for gardens, and develops sonic solutions to combat traffic noise. His music is built around the theme of Audio in the Public Interest. His work is supported internationally by the Telluride Institute, the Creative Work Fund, the Asian Cultural Council, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the American Composers Forum.
Hugh is working in collaboration with Russian Riverkeeper to produce three projects along the River in 2010-11.
Hugh Livingston is a performer, composer and sound artist. He designs site-specific immersive sound environments for outdoor spaces, permanent and temporary. He designs and produces spectacles in the tradition of Renaissance garden entertainments and fetes from England, France and Italy. He creates spatialized musical experiences which expand the time and the experience of conventional musical compositions: an opera for the forest. Hugh's site-specific work is rooted in ways of looking at and hearing nature; he travels extensively recording avian 'dawn choruses' and babbling brooks. These recordings are used to build a portrait of a place, as well as serving as the seed material for musical compositions that reflect the presence of the human in nature.
As a visual artist, Hugh explores similar conceptual ideas with color, extracting color palettes from nature and creating modes of association with place. Part of the process is giving the colors site-specific names, referencing the community of the Russian River, for example, and building awareness of perception of nature for the audience. His project In a Different Light is a system of custom-made eyeglasses with lenses for viewing the landscape in each of the four seasons, highlighting subtle changes in color and light.
As a cellist, Hugh performs in abandoned castles, paleolithic caves, and alongside running streams. These improvisatory dialogues with other musicians define our perception of environmental and acoustical space, and provide a new method of contextualizing the musical gesture. Hugh also explores confrontational settings of outdoor musicmaking, mostly involving the cellist's typical obsession with sitting on the right kind of chair. Having left his concert career, Hugh now considers every chair to be a personal invitation, if not a challenge, to sit on it and perform.
Dr. Livingston's installation art draws heavily on the technology of small transducers which make large objects radiate sound. The most common usages are on architectural salvage Victorian windows, Chinese bamboo birdcages, and plastic bucket chairs which simulate the tactile experience of playing the cello, as the listener feels the sound radiating through their body as well as hearing it acoustically.
Hugh is very interested in a conceptual approach to phenomena of sound, such as the shapes of gravel that make the creek bubble, the curvature of leaves that rustle in the wind. His projects The Natural History of Babbling Brooks and The Natural History of California Oaks (also known as Custom Creeks, Custom Oaks) examine how an object in nature could be designed and prototyped specifically with aesthetically pleasing sound in mind. Kits and instructions are provided for the home builder.

Site Colors - LIVINGSTON SOUND [cached]

Hugh Livingston visits the site, capturing still images and video at all times of day, in all lights, and at different times of year.

Please Be Seated - LIVINGSTON SOUND [cached]

Composition for Dumbarton Oaks Gardens (National Geographic's Sixth Greatest Garden in the World) by Hugh Livingston.

Two elements are always combined in the installation known as Please Be Seated: cello performances by Hugh Livingston and sounds of flowing water.

Labyrinth & Healing Sound - LIVINGSTON SOUND [cached]

Composer and sound artist Hugh Livingston works for public and private clients creating immersive environments that combine art and functionality, enlivening spaces and eliminating noise pollution. Hugh has a degree from Yale in Computer Science and Music, and an MFA and PhD in Music. As a cellist, Dr. Livingston performed over 1,000 concerts worldwide, and recorded 27 CDs of living composers' music. Hugh has most recently been the artist-in-residence at the historic Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington DC, and is writing about contemporary sound gardens and lexicons of sound terms for garden design, part of a forthcoming volume from Harvard University Press.

All of the music was composed ... [cached]

All of the music was composed and recorded on a 1928 Fagnola cello from Montiglio by Hugh Livingston.

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