deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

a location-based contributory installation at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

July-December, 2010


Scapes is a sound art installation that allows participants to walk around the deCordova Museum's sculpture park listening to a mixture of a musical composition and voice commentary from previous participants all filtered and influenced by physical location.

Participants make their own contributions to the piece using a smartphone app which allows them to tag any location in the park with their own recordings. These recordings are immediately available for everyone to hear as part of the evolving composition. As participants walk around the sculpture park, the individual path they follow creates their own personal version of the Scapes audio experience. The music is directly influenced by the landscape and is composed using custom algorithms which constantly generate new music; there are no repeated loops.

Audio Sample


Video Trailer

A short film that explains the mechanics and experience of Scapes.

Special Thanks

Scapes was supported in part by a grant from the Bedford and Lincoln Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.