Collaboration: Quintron and Miss Pussycat at the New Orleans Museum of Art

For the exhibition Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Quintron will record his new album on site, in a gallery space. As part of this recording process, he will clock in as an employee five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, during normal business hours. Quintron will install himself and his entire recoding studio in NOMA's contemporary galleries, surrounded by works of art he has personally culled from the Museum's collection. Visitors to the museum will be invited into the recording studio to observe the artist at work. The result should be fascinating, as Quintron will draw inspiration from the Museum masterpieces, and from the unique and unfamiliar experience of recording in front of an audience of Museum visitors.

Quintron and NOMA are collaborating with us at Open Sound New Orleans in order to document this process. On a weekly basis, Quintron will contribute audio updates to Open Sound New Orleans. These updates are intended as ambient and musical “snapshots” – weekly sharings that will illuminate the artist's method and experience working in this new manner, and offer glimpses at the work that will ultimately become his next album. Quintron's weekly contributions will be tagged, searchable, and easily accessible from our homepage. These updates will begin to appear on Open Sound New Orleans in early February and continue until late April. On Wednesday, April 28, 6 – 8 p.m., NOMA will host a Listening Party of the new tracks in celebration of the collaboration and the completion of the new album.

Parallel Universe will also feature an interactive display of Quintron's patented DRUM BUDDY sound machines, including one specially designed for museum use that enables visitors to create their own music, and a vibrant and comprehensive presentation of Miss Pussycat's puppetry. Parallel Universe is organized by Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition is on view in NOMA's second-floor Frederick R. Weisman Gallery now through May 2, 2010.

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OSNO Autumn Update

We here at Open Sound New Orleans haven't updated our News page in a while. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything going on!

Our collaborations with St. Anna's ESL students and Pontilly residents are ongoing. Please check out their respective tags – St. Anna's, Pontilly – for recent contributions.

UNO students in Prof. Doreen Piano's developmental writing course have been exploring the site and using it as an impetus for some of their writing, as well as doing some recording of their own. We hope to share some of their work here in the coming months.

And then there's Quintron.... As part of Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park, we'll be collaborating with Quintron and Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and organizer of the exhibition, to bring you weekly audio updates as the artist records his new album on site at NOMA in the spring.

And surely there'll be more more to come in 2010! Happy listening!

Call For Participation: Dwyer Canal

Mr. Fred Conley points out the Dwyer Canal behind his home.

CALLING ALL PONTILLY RESIDENTS! We're collaborating with Hilairie Schackai of Longue Vue House and Gardens to launch an ongoing recording and listening project in the neighborhoods around the Dwyer Canal. With this project we're asking residents of Pontilly to reflect on the canal, its past and future, and deeper meanings of neighborhood and landscape.

Pontilly – the collective name for the neighborhoods of Pontchartrain Park and Gentilly Woods – is located in the northeastern corner of New Orleans, south of Lake Pontchartrain and west of the Industrial Canal. Pontchartrain Park (to the north) and Gentilly Woods (to the south) were developed as postwar professional and middle-class suburban enclaves during the Jim Crow years of "separate but equal." The homes were built by the same builder using similar house models on similar lot sizes, which lends a sense of continuity to the two neighborhoods. Despite these commonalities, the neighborhoods were originally built as two distinct areas divided by race and a physical boundary – the Dwyer Canal.

The canal and its occasional flooding has long been a source of anxiety for residents. The ground on one side of the canal is lower than on the other, making the historically African-American Pontchartrain Park side more prone to inundation.

New flood mitigation efforts are now being carried out by residents around the canal. It is our hope that this project will serve as an extension of this mitigation work by creating a space for reflection by residents on the history and future of this important, and often problematic, part of the landscape.

All residents of Pontchartrain Park and Gentilly Woods are invited to share their thoughts and experiences by way of audio recordings. Open Sound New Orleans will lend residents recording equipment and train them in its use - or we will come to you and conduct an interview at your request. To participate, please contact Hilairie Schackai, the community liaison for this project, at

HUGE thanks to Hilairie for sharing her hard work with us here at OSNO, and to all the Pontchartrain Park and Gentilly Woods residents willing to share your experiences with the community at large. Hilairie will occasionally blog about the project here:

Pontilly resident Paul Lentz

Thanks to All Our Contributors!

Big, big props to all the contributors who helped make the NPR segment possible today. If it weren't for you, we'd have had nothing to talk about!

There were so many more sounds we wanted to play, but had the honor of playing sounds contributed by Julia Botero, Kadija Garner, Eve Troeh, and Chris Welcker. A special big shout out to Julia, who NPR neglected to mention among the contributors. Her recording "Keep It Rollin" was at the top of the segment. If you missed it, you can listen here: Open Sound New Orleans on NPR.

Guided Tour of the Soundmap on NPR's Weekend Edition

On Sunday, July 12, we take Weekend Edition's Liane Hansen on a guided tour of the soundmap New Orleans built. Thanks for all of your contributions and keep them coming! The segment will likely air within the first half-hour of the program.

Thursdays on WWNO, 89.9 FM - Open Sound New Orleans!

For the next several weeks, one of your sounds will air on 89.9 WWNO each Thursday night at 6:45 pm. Check it out!

St. Anna's ESL and Amistad sin Fronteras

For the past few months, we at Open Sound New Orleans have been collaborating with the Latino Apostolate and ESL program at St. Anna's Episcopal Church on Esplanade Avenue to provide recording equipment and training in audio recording to ESL students. Jamie McDaniel, the ESL teacher and director of social services, and her students, have worked tirelessly to make and offer these recordings. Filter The Map and List For Their Interviews.

Their intent: "We are students from the English classes at St. Anna's Episcopal Church. Some of us also participate in the student-led group Amistad sin Fronteras (Friendship without Borders). Our purpose is to dedicate our time and energy to projects that help our community – service projects, Spanish-language education, social and cultural events, involvement with anti-racist groups, and other collaborations that help the voices of Latinos to be heard in our community. We have joined with Open Sound New Orleans so that others will understand better the life that we immigrants lead and the experiences we have had in New Orleans. We invite you to hear our interviews, our experiences, our stories – we believe that as you listen you will find something that will surprise you and we hope that you will enjoy them!"

For more information about St. Anna's, please visit

Big, big thanks to Jamie McDaniel, Gerardo, Emma Varela, Marlon Ruiz, Marisol, Enry, Claudemir, Nuribeth, Carmen, Jim, Jose, Macarre, Esteban, Veronica, Maria, Yessenia, Hector, Joe, Eduardo, Aimee, Lidia, Arely, Marie, Lola, Claudio, Juan, Santos, Alverez, Elvin, Jessica, Maribel, Maritza Zavala and Oscar!

Welcome to the new and improved Open Sound New Orleans!

Take a look (and a listen). We hope you like it.

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