Soundscapes in Motherhood

Jamie Kessler


1:49 minutes

Musical composition 

“Soundscapes in Motherhood” is a sound work installation and symphony performance. The score for the musical composition Soundscapes in Motherhood was written and based from an EKG graph which charted the contractions and fetal and maternal heartbeats of the artist during childbirth. The live feedback from medical technologies during the time of active labor and childbirth were recorded and then translated into a musical composition. Soundscapes in Motherhood serves as a conceptual portrait of the artist’s son, and represents the capacity of human connection represented through technological interface. This sound work, by artist Jamie Walters Kessler, has been presented as a live symphony performance for Mellon Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and presented as a sound based installation in gallery sites.