What power does sound have to bend time, cross borders, and shape our perception?
Celebrate our return to in-person events with 32 Sounds is an immersive performance from filmmaker Sam Green (A Thousand Thoughts, with Kronos Quartet) that explores the phenomenon of sound. The film features live narration by Us based filmmaker Sam Green and live original music by the legendary musician, producer, songwriter, and DJ, JD Samson. You are given a set of headphones and are invited to experience the incredible binaural sound mix, adding a new, deeply immersive element to this incredible live documentary.
Download the program here
Join us for our return to in-person performances in The Red Theater at NYU Abu Dhabi, a purpose stunning built 700 seat auditorium.
Developed by Sam Green, the live documentary experience sits at the intersection of film and performance, pushing the boundaries of both forms while celebrating the collective in-person experience.
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Sam Green (Director | Writer | Editor) is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. Green’s most recent live documentaries include A Thousand Thoughts (with the Kronos Quartet) (2018), The Measure of All Things (2014), The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller (with Yo La Tengo) (2012), and Utopia in Four Movements (2010). With all of these works, Green narrates the film in-person while musicians perform a live soundtrack. Green’s 2004 feature-length film, The Weather Underground, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award, was included in the Whitney Biennial, and has screened widely around the world. Learn more about Sam here.
JD Samson (Composer | Performer) is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD’s career as a visual artist, musician, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion. During that time she has toured the world, produced songs for Grammy award winning artists, written for publications such as Huffington Post, Talkhouse, and Creative Time Review, created multi-media artwork, hosted documentary programs, acted, modeled, and engaged in direct support with a wide-range of progressive social and political causes. JD is now an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Learn more about JD here.
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Directed by Sam Green
Live Music Composed and Performed by JD Samson
- Produced by: Josh Penn & ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann
- Cinematography: Yoni Brook
- Editing: Nels Bangerter, Sam Green
- Sound Design: Mark Mangini
- Lighting Design: Yuki Nakase Link
- Live Sound Design: Dan Bora
- Headphone Experience Design: Sam Crawford
- Associate Lighting Design & Technical Direction: Kathrine R Mitchell
- Production Management: Anthony Cerrato
Commissioned by Stanford Live, Stanford University; The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi; Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology; Green Music Center of Sonoma State University; Arizona Arts Live at University of Arizona; and developed through a creative residency at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.