Nina Young looking up dramatically at a blue beam of light o a dark stage.

Nothing is not borrowed, in song and shattered light 

Nina C. Young
Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7PM

Nothing is not borrowed, in song and shattered light is a ritualistic installation-performance of fragmented Renaissance polyphony, spatial audio, projections, and hanging brass instrument sculptures that creates ephemeral architectural spaces using overhead wave field synthesis and recordings of performance and improvisations by American Brass Quintet. The work is rooted in the legacy of the relationship between architecture and antiphonal music practices. 

“Wave Field Synthesis offers a unique opportunity to create aural architectures using audio holograms that you can explore, physically, without relying on the ‘sweet’ spot of many spatial audio systems. You can immerse yourself in an ephemeral, morphing, virtual architecture with the agency to sculpt your own experience and personal ritual.” 
—Nina C. Young

Nina C. Young began working with EMPAC’s Wave Field Synthesis system in early 2020. Her first sonic composition for EMPACwave, Phosphorescent Devotion (2021)—loosely inspired by the light and color combinations of James Turrell— premiered at TIME:SPANS festival and was recently presented at EMPAC for the Rensselaer campus community. Young’s works range from concert pieces to interactive installations that explore aural architectures, resonance, and ephemera. She dialogues with natural acoustic environments, instrumental performance techniques, and digital signal processing. Nina is a professor at USC’s Thornton School of Music. She was on the faculty of Rensselaer’s Department of the Arts from 2016–18. 


This performance is being presented for campus audiences (faculty, staff, students of Rensselaer) only at this time.

Main Image: Nina C. Young, The Glow That Illuminates, The Glare That Obscures. Courtesy the artist.

Dates + Tickets

Nothing is not borrowed, in song and shattered light 
Nina C. Young
Thursday 21
7:00 PM
April 2022

This performance is being presented for campus audiences only at this time.

Presented By

EMPAC Spring 2022




EMPAC Spring 2022 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media. Additional project support by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Alserkal Arts Foundation; National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund;  Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project; New Music USA; CCS Bard; and Creative Capital.