Teresa Jaynes: Talking to the Fingers with the Language of the Eyes

Sound Design for the artist’s exhibition at the Library Company of Philadelphia

This soundtrack is inspired by John Metcalf, a blind man who lived in the 1700’s. Although he could not see, Metcalf knew the roads near his home so well that he was often hired to guide horse-drawn wagons down treacherous roads at night. This audio was part of an application that was awarded a 2014 grant by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. The grant will allow Teresa Jaynes and myself to collaborate with olfactory scientist Dr. Pamela Dalton to sync the sound design with a machine that will produce scents (leather, pine needles, wet grass, etc.) at precise moments. The combination of sound and scent will simulate what someone without sight might sense on journey similar to the ones John Metcalf used to lead. The final piece will be part of the larger exhibition “Talking to the Fingers with the Language of the Eyes” at The Library Company of Philadelphia.

Photo Credit: Teresa Jaynes “Table” from “Talking to the Fingers with the Language of the Eyes” at The Library Company of Philadelphia
Civil War Generals Reynolds & McClellan
14CivilWarGeneralsSq
Ken Lum: Midway Shopping Plaza
04KenLumSq
Judith Schaechter: The Battle of Carnival and Lent
01JudithSchaechterSq
Terror Behind the Walls Soundtrack
06TBTWAndrewGarnSq
Karen Schmidt: Cozy
15KarenSchmidtCozyPhotoSandySorlienSq
Al Capone’s Cell
08AlCaponesCellTomBeraultSq