The idea of expression manifests itself in an array of languages and forms, but the interwoven thread among all remains the same: human connection. How can we effectively communicate our idea to others? How can we spark or foster a shared sense of listening? The formulation of connecting with others across boundaries and borders, languages and cultural attitudes, is an art form unto itself and to me, a life-long pursuit of study and craft.
My work explores physical embodiment in music, especially live performance of electronic instruments. Additional research delves into broader themes of data-driven music and interdisciplinary collaboration. I like integrating digital technology with physical forms, whether they take the shape of sound installations, instruments, or interactive media. My world is a sounded experience world. From sounds that comprise our daily world to highly produced sounds from inside the studio, I listen for ways to bring the audience into sound. Sound is a brilliantly fluid medium; it fills any container that we can conceivably construct. Harmonic Laboratory has enabled me to sculpt sound in new ways; I shape sounds through the movement of the human body, through the intricate touch of code, and through the creation of multimedia experiences put on by the collective. Today, through technology and collaboration, I seek to create sounds and the spaces that hold them (and the experiences that people listen to them!) outside of the normative boundaries of instruments and concert halls.
Jon Bellona is a Career Instructor of Audio Production within the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon.
View personal work at: jpbellona.com