A crowd of people laying on their backs across the Concert Hall stage.


Tarek Atoui
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8PM
Multiple Venues

The final EMPAC presentation of sound artist Tarek Atoui’s multi-year research and performance project to develop tools and techniques for performing sound to a hearing-impaired audience.

Atoui has been working in collaboration with Distinguished Research Professor of Music Pauline Oliveros and her students from the New Instrumentation for Performance seminar to think through propositions for new instruments and performance techniques. Several instruments that Atoui has been developing concurrently will be played throughout the public spaces of EMPAC and broadcast into the Concert Hall. The audience will be encouraged to explore the acoustic relationships between individual instruments and the architecture that they inhabit.

During this time, Atoui has also worked in partnership with UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for New Media at University of California, Berkeley, and Meyer Sound to develop the Zero Point Nine an instrument that was premiered in a series of performances presented by BAMPFA in November 2015. The Zero Point Nine will be traveling to EMPAC for this presentation to be played alongside a new prototype interactive square wave synthesizer The Sit-thesizer by Julia Alsarraf, and the SubBassProtoTon developed by Johannes Goebel. The instruments from these two research and development phases in Troy and Berkeley respectively, will be presented together during Norway’s 2016 Bergen Assembly, organized by Atoui as artistic director.

Atoui presented the project’s first incarnation, WITHIN, as a series of performances and workshops during the Sharjah Biennial in 2013 and has continued to research principals of sonic architecture (in particular, the system of DeafSpace, developed by Hansel Bauman at Gallaudet, Washington) in the development of instrument-building techniques.


  • Julia Alsarraf
  • Jad Atoui
  • Johannes Goebel
  • Jeff Lubow
  • Matt O'Hare
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Evan-Daniel Rose-González


This musical instrument was invented by director Johannes Goebel and has been installed for this performance. When inside, you can experience frequencies that dip below the human audible limit.


Rensselaer Arts grad Julia Alsarraf, has developed the Sit-thesizer as part of this performance.

Main Image: Participants of Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening workshop lie across the Concert Hall stage during WITHIN in 2016. Photo: Argeo Ascani, 2016.

Dates + Tickets

Tarek Atoui
Friday 13
8:00 PM
May 2016
Presented By

EMPAC Spring 2016



Production Credits

WITHIN is presented in collaboration with UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), University of California Berkeley. Kindly supported by Meyer Sound With special thanks to Apsara DiQuinzio, Perrin Meyer, Pauline Oliveros, Greg Neimeyer, and Jeff Lubow.