Peter Traub Premieres His New Installation, 'Solera: for sound, site, and time'

October 13, 2009

Oct. 13, 2009 — Composer and installation artist Peter Traub will premiere his new public sound work in the main lobby of Ruffin Hall at the University of Virginia. The sound sculpture will be on exhibit Oct. 26 through Nov. 6.

"Solera: for sound, site, and time" will run 24 hours a day, accumulating and playing back the sonic activities and characteristics of the installation space – people passing through, conversations, machines and music. Over the two weeks of the installation, the incidental sounds of each day and the acoustic resonances of the space will be layered upon each other, creating an aural memory of the space that will grow and change over time. Multiple visits to the piece are suggested.

Traub will give a free gallery talk on Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. in the main lobby of Ruffin Hall. As the talk will take place in the space of the installation, it will also become part of the piece.

Traub is a composer, installation and network artist completing his dissertation in the composition Ph.D. program at U.Va. He received a master's degree in electro-acoustic music from Dartmouth College in 1999. He has composed numerous works of electronic music and several Internet-based and physical sound installations.

Between his studies at Dartmouth and U.Va., Peter lived for five years in the San Francisco Bay Area working as a software engineer at various start-up firms, and moonlighted as a visiting researcher/composer at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University.

His dissertation is a series of performances and installations exploring sound in physical and imaginary space. His first piece in the dissertation series, the online installation "ItSpace," was featured on NPR's "Day to Day" in 2008.

In his spare time Peter also contributes interviews and posts to the Networked_Music_Review.

For information about the installation and artist, contact Traub at or 650-918-7463, or visit