Composer and sound artist Abby Aresty investigates the world through its sounds, creating powerful sonic explorations from even the most mundane objects. Her work crosses paths with diverse disciplines, from collaborations in dance, film, and music, to continuing explorations of breath in music through garment-based biofeedback technology. Her recent work, Paths II: The Music of Trees, was featured in an interview with Melissa Block on NPR’s All Things Considered, and was hailed as ‘otherworldly,’ and ‘sometimes eerie, sometimes transportingly lovely,’ by the Seattle Times.
Aresty received her Doctorate from the University of Washington in December 2012. She holds a BM in music composition from Eastman School of Music and an MM in music composition from the University of Michigan.
Abby is developing a "year-long music installation" with the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) in Pittsburgh. With support from a residency at the nearby Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, Abby is developing a generative composition which will continuously change with the seasons, time of day, and environmental conditions within and around the CSL.
For her sonic material, Abby has collected field recordings of natural sounds from around Pittsburgh. These will be combined into an algorithmically generated audio collage, and played through a 12-channel sound system deployed around the Center for Sustainable Landscapes.