‘Vertical Measures’ showcases a collection of invented instruments and sound art pieces that I developed after moving back to the East Bay in 2017. The pieces presented in this exhibition are constructed using upcycled common household objects, and many of them are midi-controllable through a simple keyboard interface. A recent focus in my work involves building self-resonating instruments that make use of controlled feedback loops. This shift in focus has significantly influenced my recorded work, placing less emphasis on percussive elements and more on extended textural passages. As with all my work, I aim to highlight their accidental imperfections rather than striving to fit neatly into an established framework.
Bryan Day is a sonic adventurer, painter, and inventor of curious things based in the East Bay. Using scavenged electronics, repurposed mechanical components, and amplified materials that you might find in your garage or your great uncle’s office, he re-imagines them into constructivist sound sculptures. Day has performed, taught workshops, and built sound installations across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He spends his days designing, building and fixing exhibits at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.