Jun
28
2006
<em>Billboard</em>
 

R. Luke DuBois
Billboard, 2006
Stereo sound, iPod, headphones
37 min
Edition of 10

DuBoisʼ Billboard is a 37-minute sound installation for iPod that utilizes all of the songs thathave topped Billboard Magazineʼs Hot 100 chart since its August 1958 inception as sourcematerial. In chronological order the spectral average of each of the 857 songs plays for one second for each week the song was number one on the chart.

This work grows out of DuBoisʼ long standing investigation of “time-lapse phonography”, a sonicrelative to time-lapse photography; just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a singleimage, the spectral averaging DuBois uses reveals the average sonority of a piece of music.

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