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Water Stories on Here & Now

December 2014

There was a great radio piece on the Water Stories exhibition at the Museum of Science on Here & Now on NPR. Robin Young interviewed Anne Neely and used a lot of my audio composition to capture the essence of the exhibition.

'Water Stories': A Conversation In Paint And Sound

Her paintings, currently on display at Boston’s Museum of Science, explore the beauty of water, but also raise a cautionary flag about issues that threaten the world’s water, including pollution and climate change.
The exhibit is accompanied by an audio composition by sound artist Halsey Burgund, whose water-themed compositions play throughout the gallery.
The exhibit aims to elicit visceral connections for viewers and listeners, and also raise public awareness about water issues.
water stories

Color Crossing

The Future or the Past

September 2014

I am collaborating with visual artist Kate Gilbert on a piece of public art in Downtown Crossing, Boston, called "Color Crossing". Appropriately enough, the piece is installed in Music Hall Place, an alley off of Winter Street that used to serve as an entrance to the Boston Symphony Orchestra's first home and is now a passageway to the food court at the Corner Mall.

Color Crossing will be in place through the Fall and my audio composition is all about time travel; go check it out and pick up some Thai food for lunch at the same time...

Here's an excerpt with some slamming beats:

I would definitely go to the future. No question.

Twelve Nights

August 2014

I am a part of a group exhibition at the Boston Sculptors Gallery called Twelve Nights. The show includes work from eight artists who are all a part of a critique group that meets every month. I have been lucky to be a part of this group for many years now and it is wonderful to see all of our work together in a public setting.

I decided to try something new and explore some ideas for visual pieces instead of my audio-based work. I've always loved maps and my contribution to the show, Road Trip, 2002 is what happens to an old Rand McNally atlas in today's modern GPS-enhanced age. I'm trying to bring back a bit of the mystery...

12 nights

Water Stories @ MOS

July 2014

I composed an audio accompaniment to a new exhibition of paintings by Anne Neely at the Museum of Science, Boston called Water Stories.

The piece is comprised of five sections grouped by thematic content: The Future, Stories, Bad Things, Science and Cherish. The voices are edited and combined with water sounds and musical elements and play in a continuous loop throughout the gallery. Here is a sample of the Future section:

A feature on Anne Neely and the exhibition was published in the Globe in advance of the opening:

Concern inspires Anne Neely to evoke watery subjects

water stories

Hotel Dreamy in the Post

April 2014

The Brink and Boundary show at American University Museum of which I am a part was reviewed in the Washington Post:

Art review: ‘Brink and Boundary’ at the American University Museum

"Listening with earbuds, which quiet the noise of the real world, it’s a trippy experience, allowing you to enter a landscape that’s more psychological than physical."

Feel free to contribute your own dreams via the website or the Hotel Dreamy iOS app.


Patient Translations in the Globe

April 2014

There was a nice spread in the Boston Globe about Kelly Sherman and my project, Patient Translations:

The human side of health care [ pdf of full spread in physical paper with photos etc ]

"The art of it is it’s this random collection of snippets, which is enthralling. It can be hard to listen to, but people who have been through hard things are comforted that it’s not just them."

Our project is ongoing, so you can check out the website and download the app to listen and contribute your own story.



Hotel Dreamy @ American University

April 2014

I am a part of a new exhibition at the American University Museum called Brink & Boundary along with three other excellent artists.

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5th, 6-9PM
  • Artist Talk: Saturday, May 17th, 4PM
  • Exhibition Dates: April 5th - August 17th, 2014

My contribution is an extension of my ongoing Hotel Dreamy piece.  It is a location-aware sound installation that contains people’s dream recollections juxtaposed with snippets of interviews I conducted with dream researchers; everything from cognitive neuroscientists to psychoanalysts. I’m still collecting dreams, so feel free to grab the free Hotel Dreamy iOS app and add your own to the mix!

ADA Mesh Cities Artist Tour

March 2014

Trudy Lane and I were chosen as the 2014 ADA Mesh Cities Artist Tour artists for our project, Sound Sky in Christchurch, NZ. Earlier this month we presented about the project and the underlying Roundware technology in workshops in Christchurch and at AUT in Auckland.

ADA is a wonderful organization that supports digital artists and art in New Zealand and we were honored to be able to help spread their message as well as our project with these workshops.


Sound Sky

January 2014

I will be traveling to New Zealand next month to work on a new project in Christchurch called Sound Sky. The project is a collaboration between myself and New Zealand artist, Trudy Lane, and is a contributory audio landscape informed by and evolving out of the tragic earthquakes of 2010/2011 that destroyed the majority of downtown Christchurch.

I'm very excited to be able to contribute to bringing this project to reality as well as to get a chance to travel to New Zealand, where I have never been before.

Thank you to Creative New Zealand, the arts funding body of the New Zealand government, for providing seed funding for Sound Sky and to the wonderful partners (primarily CEISMIC, Gap Filler and CSSA) with whom Trudy and I are looking forward to working more as things progress.

Sound Sky


innovation at the Smithsonian

November 2013

I was interviewed as the inaugural subject of a new series for Smithsonian Magazine online about innovators and the tools they use to innovate. So if you're interested in learning about 10 items (among many others) that surround me in my studio, have a read:

10 Gadgets Halsey Burgund Can’t Live Without

Truth be told, under extreme circumstances, I could probably manage to live without most of these(!), but it was interesting to think about what tangible items help me with my work. There are plenty of intangibles too, of course.

This article was written in advance of my participation in the "Innovation Explorations" program at Smithsonian which will be highlighting innovations in sound on November 16th in DC. I will be giving an early-stage demo of my piece "Ghost Crowd" which I am working on as a result of my Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship last year. There will be other audio innovators at the event, including, I am told, the inventor of the microphone...sweet!

Smithsonian Magazine

artists in the "innovation hub"

November 2013

I was interviewed for an article on the role artists can play in innovation in Boston, a city renowned for other sorts of innovation whether it be technology, biotech, education etc. It's an interesting topic and I actually am optimistic that artists are being included more and more in forward-thinking cutting-edge discussions that are not necessarily related to art.

In any case, read for my perspectives and those of several other talented Boston-area artists:

Art in the Innovation Hub Part 3: Artists by Laura Mitchell

Big, Red & Shiny

Walking the Rocks

June 2013

My collaboration "A Walk Through Deep Time" with New Zealand artist, Trudy Lane is now in its second incarnation in Sydney as part of the ISEA 2013 International Symposium on Electronic Art. Trudy has been on-site leading guided walks and I have transported the soundscape from New Zealand to The Rocks neighborhood of Sydney for people to experience and contribute.

Our piece is part of The Rocks Pop-Up program of ISEA which includes a number of cool, non-traditionally sited pieces.

You can download the updated version of the iOS app or visit the new Deep Time website to listen and contribute regardless of whether you are on-site.

ISEA 2013

Blue Mind

Ocean Voices @ Blue Mind

May 2013

I will be performing and speaking about Ocean Voices at the annual Blue Mind conference organized by marine biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols.

It is a conference focussed on neuro-conservation and how the ocean can effect the brain. I'll be part of a session with David Poeppel, a neuro-scientist from NYU and Jim Toomey, the creator of Sherman's Lagoon, the syndicated comic.

PT in DC

April 2013

Kelly Sherman and I will be heading south to Washington, DC next week to install Patient Translations at the annual TEDMED conference at the Kennedy Center. We are excited to share the piece with a larger and more broad audience and get a chance to talk with all the medically-minded people in attendance. I hope we get a chance to attend some of the talks as well since I am fairly addicted to TED talks already, but have only been able to enjoy them online thus far.

In anticipation, the kind folks at TEDMED have posted a blurb on their blog about Patient Translations:

Voice art aims to capture the human side of healthcare


Kill Screen

April 2013

Here's a nice article about Scapes in relation to a very interesting new musical video game called Proteus. I like thinking about the connections between real and imagined worlds.

How the magic sounds of Proteus are making their way into the real world

While Proteus is very much concerned with living in the now, Burgund is “trying to connect people to what is around them, past, present, and future.” Playthroughs of Proteus are ephemeral; there’s no way to record music in-game, leaving you to enjoy it in the moment. Proteus is about letting go while Scapes is about writing clues for the next person to consider.
Kill Screen Daily

Patient Translations

translating the patient (loosely)

March 2013

This past month has been insane creating a new piece that came about rather serendipitously (and with a very compressed timeline). I have been trying to get a piece going on the topic of health for some time now as it is a fascinating area for me, but I have always run into logistical issues. So when fellow artist Kelly Sherman out of the blue got in touch to see if I wanted to collaborate with her on an opportunity to create a new piece for the Healthcare Experience Design conference, I jumped at the chance.

I will post more about the ongoing piece soon, but for now, I only have time to announce that it exists. You can check out the website and download the app to listen and participate as well as soon see more photos of Kelly's wonderful visual treatment of my long-time partner in crime, the Bring Your Own Voice booth.

new hemispheres

February 2013

I have a new piece on exhibit at the Puke Ariki Museum in New Plymouth, NZ. The piece is called "A Walk Through Deep Time" and is a collaboration with New Zealand artist extraordinaire, Trudy Lane. Through the marvels of the internet, we were connected from 9 time zones and 18 hours apart by our significant overlaps in artistic practice. Our love of science and discovery as well as the outdoors and geo-awareness was quite remarkable and pleasant to discover.

This piece is a part of the SCANZ 2013: 3rd nature creative residency which included a group of amazing artists who all created pieces for the exhibition. I am honored to be a part of the show and excited that my work, at least, has had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand. Someday, I hope to do the same.

Please check out the iOS app and feel free to contribute your own recordings regardless of whether or not you are on-site.

Deep Time


Big Red & Shiny review of R:C

November 2012

The wonderfully revitalized and re-launched Big Red & Shiny has published a review of ROUND:Cambridge, by the amazing artist Stephanie Cardon.

ROUND:Cambridge - a participatory soundscape by Halsey Burgund

"Now this is a guaranteed first date win. I jest but it's true: Halsey Burgund's new public art piece, a participatory soundscape encompassing the whole City of Cambridge, is an engaging and memorable way to while away an evening. You might even capture the sound of that stolen kiss."
Big, Red & Shiny

Dream Festival

November 2012

I'm participating in the Annual Dream Festival of the Deep Listening Institute as a digital artist-in-residence. Basically, they have ceded control of their Facebook page to me for the week so I can do whatever dreamy things I would like.

I will be using the time to share dreams contributed to my Hotel Dreamy and Dreamy Me projects. I hope to encourage people to contribute more dreams as well. It should be a good audience for that!


October 2012

Last weekend, I was honored to be on a panel at the Multimodal Approaches to Learning International Conference at the MET. I got to speak about how my work follows a different approach to collaborative engagement of museum visitors via their ears and experiences. Of course, Roundware was a big part of the discussion and I'm hoping that the attendees found it useful.

I had a great time as I got to meet some of the other presenters including several amazing sound artists: Stephen Vitiello, Lou Mallozzi, Bruce Odland and Johannes Goebel. Being the new-comer on the sound art block, I was both dramatically humbled by their genre-defining greatness and encouraged by their uplifting stories, projects and approaches to this esoteric world.


some love from Evolver.fm

October 2012

Eliot Van Buskirk wrote a nice article and did an interview with me about Roundware on the popular Evolver.fm blog put out by The Echo Nest.

Why The Roundware Open-Source Audio Location Platform Rules

Perhaps it takes someone of a more artistic bent to build a platform for pinning songs and live-recorded audio to specific locations on a map — and then open-source it, so that any other individual or company can use it to build whatever they want using the same basic framework.
Burgund’s apps are alluring, combining augmented reality, location, art, and crowdsourcing in a way that hasn’t quite been done before, though it builds on Burgund’s own Scapes project.
Music for Journaling

journal music

July 2012

I am happy to announce the official release of a piece I created for the journal of Public Art Dialogue, an organization dedicated to promoting discourse on public art globally.

I have written music - called Music for Journaling - inspired by this journal filled with words, patterns and ideas related to public art and am asking that people who read the journal react to those same words and patterns and make a verbal contribution to the music.

Over time, more and more reactions to the journal and reactions to reactions will be collected, creating an evolving conversation about this particular (mass-produced) physical artifact as well as all the ideas and philosophies represented between its covers.

Have a listen and join the conversation if you feel so inclined!

Inglorious Materials

July 2012

Hotel Dreamy is now on exhibit in New York City at the Charles Bank Gallery in the Bowery. It is a part of a group show called Inglorious Materials with four other artists who all work in some liberally defined form of collage:

I have a bunch of dreams already collected, but am continuing to collect more. I have created an iOS app with which participants can contribute and listen to dreams (keep your phone near your bed!).

Inglorious Materials


June 2012

I was recently interviewed for a new online radio program called TAPEdocs.  The show takes an uncommon host-less approach to dive into the worlds of people who do interesting (or at least unusual) things.

My interview can be found here - "The way people are saying things" - but you should check out the others as well, especially the one about the guy who helped fix the mirror flaw in the Hubble Telescope.


Ocean Portal

May 2012

Ocean Voices is being featured on the National Museum of Natural History's Ocean Portal site. They did a brief interview with me when I was down in DC for my Smithsonian fellowship and include that along with the Ocean Voices map of participation.

Five Questions for Halsey Burgund, Creator of Ocean Voices

SI Ocean Portal