Christopher Janney`s Sonic Pass Blue—for the City University of New York`s Lehman College—transforms a 100 foot long pedestrian walkway into a “synaesthetic environment” through the use of colored glass, light, sound and pedestrian interaction. The piece consists of a series of eleven photo-electric sensors, eleven speakers and a polyphonic sound sampler. Together, this system creates an ever-changing series of “sound images” as people pass through the space. The actual score is composed of melodic and environmental sounds, from the natural landscape of the area and from the New York Zoological Society, creating a “sonic portrait” of the Lehman College surroundings. Sonic Pass Blue is designed so interested music and visual/media arts students have the chance to experiment with the piece.

Installed, 1999