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Digital Sanctuaries

Digital Sanctuaries is an urban soundwalk combining the original music of Electric Kulintang (Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez) with the visual art of Makoto Fujimura and interaction design by Shankari Murali. Built for both IOS and mobile web app, Digital Sanctuaries invites the public to alight on a virtual pilgrimage through the built environment of a cityscape, finding meditative spaces in unexpected places, marked by an ever-changing musical score. As the audience engages with the music in each place, they are encouraged to discover the hidden qualities of the world without while taking time to contemplate the world within.


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Digital Sanctuaries is conceived as a traveling, modular, adaptable music app to be reimagined for each city. Ibarra, Rodriguez, Fujimura and Murali work with local collaborators – artists, historians, architects, city planners, etc. – to develop new walking paths in each urban environment, drawing on the unique history, spaces and features of the city.

Ibarra and Rodriguez compose musical scores that include featured soloists on the recordings, and field recordings interwoven as an homage to local and global communities from each topography. For the inaugural tech launch of Digital Sanctuaries, the soundwalk is set amidst twelve sites in Lower Manhattan, which can be accessed through the mobile web app.

The rich historical culture of Lower Manhattan will be music with sounds in honor of each city space including African burial grounds, Native American Indian Museum, Irish communities, Jewish communities, Chinatown, Castle Clinton the first port of entry for immigrants in New York City.

About the Artists

Electric Kulintang draws from a broad range of musical influences – from electronic, classical and opera to punk,field recordings, world, jazz, and Asian gong music – to create a uniquely compelling sound of its own. Electric Kulintang echoes stories from around the world told in the vernacular of rhythm, drums,and gongs,electronics and voice capturing them in field recordings and reinventing them in song and music. These echoes are both ancestral myths and reflections of the present day. When Susie Ibarra (composer/percussionist) and Roberto Rodriguez (composer/percussionist,electronics) bring their cultural backgrounds and musical influences together they create music that evokes the traditional while pointing steadfastly to the future.

In Digital Sanctuaries, long time collaborator Makoto Fujimura joins Ibarra and Rodriguez. Fujimura is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer by both faith-based and secular media. With his unique artistic language and development of an ancient Japanese painting technique, Fujimura’s artwork processes a transcendent quality that is universal to both eastern and western culture.



Big Ideas for Smart Cities: Open Space and Place Making

July 22nd 6:30pm
South Street Seaport (Corner of Fulton and Front Streets)

A Digital Roadmap Event:
Big Ideas for Smart Cities:  Open Space and Place Making
Hosted by SHoP Architects, Droga5 and Downtown Alliance

Please join us for this public conversation about the role of technology in the public realm, followed by a modular music app walk with Digital Sanctuaries.

Digital Sanctuaries NYC, June 21

June 21, 2014 Digital Sanctuaries, NYC will be leading 3 group music mobile app walks in Lower Manhattan

Free to the Public, Please sign up to reserve for one of the walks

Don’t forgot to bring your headphones!

RSVP forms for 3 different Digital Sanctuaries walks in NYC

Composer & Percussionists: Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez Visual Art: Makoto Fujimura Interaction Design:  Shankari Murali

Download the app here: www.digitalsanctuaries.com

June 21 at 1:00pm at India House
June 21 at 3:00pm at Peter Minuit Plaza
June 21 at 5:00pm at Tear Drop Park

Commissioned by New Music USA’s Commissioning Music/USA program , The MAPFund and presented as part of Make Music New York

Digital Sanctuaries, NYC is an urban music mobile app walk that brings 12 sanctuaries of music to 12 historic sites in Lower Manhattan. Digital Sanctuaries, NYC invites the public to join on a virtual pilgrimage through the built environment of a cityscape, discovering meditative spaces in unexpected places, marked by an ever-changing musical score. As the audience engages with the music in each place, they are encouraged to discover the hidden qualities of the world.


Click Here to Download the Full Digital Sanctuaries Press Release

We are very excited to create a digital public art experience that engages with the dynamic cityspace, and offers interactive music in virtual sanctuaries. We are interested to combine traditional and contemporary forms of music and aural storytelling.” explains renowned composer, improviser and percussionist, Susie Ibarra. Ibarra and awardwinning composer Roberto Juan Rodriguez, both of Electric Kulintang, are thrilled to present a tech launch of their anticipated Digital Sanctuaries, 12 musical compositions within a mobile app soundwalk for Lower Manhattan, NYC.