Dan St. Clair : Sound Art, Sound Installation, and Birds

In Your Ear and Out Your Nose

Car horns play the sounds of live voices and AM Talk Radio.


In Your Ear and Out Your Nose is a sound installation that plays on our habitual responses to an everyday sound, the car horn. Car horns usually fully on or fully off. In this piece I explore the space between on and off by activating the horns with other sound signals. At this stage of development I drive the horns with the sound of talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh. The result is a hybrid of two sounds that both rely primarily on rhythm and timbre to convey meaning. I have collected several antique car horns dating from the 1920s, 30s, and 50s which could be used along with more recently made car horns.