Metric Displacement: Installation

A sound installation at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival set in three time zones simultaneously, Metric Displacement is the work of Swiss sound artists and researchers Marcel Zaes and Annie Aries, and American Brian House.

Metric Displacement
Annie Aries, Brian House, Marcel Zaes
Installation (2021-2022)

For Metric Displacement, sound artists Aries, House, and Zaes each create beats that reflect their own individual experiences of place. Each beat is subsequently cut into a lock groove on a vinyl record and played on a turntable in one of the multiple sites: Shenzhen, (China), Portland (Oregon), and on-site at the Sheen Center (New York City).

The recordings are streamed to a Zoom meeting at the Sheen Center so that they can be experienced together, subject to the temporal distortions inherent to online relationships. Every day, the artist at each location selects a new lock groove after the previous ones begin to physically degrade from continuous play-back – creating unpredictable and emergent rhythmic combinations. A first iteration of Metric Displacement was presented at Swissnex in San Francisco in 2021.

About Electroacoustic Music
As described by the NYCEMF, “electroacoustic music is music whose sound incorporates electronic tools and instruments, including software, in its production or performance. Electroacoustic music often seeks to explore all the sonic possibilities of new technologies, and it includes both works performed live on stage and works created in the studio and played back in concert.”

About the NYCEMF
The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival began in 2009 with the intention of bringing the most innovative and creative new electroacoustic music from around the world to New York City.

The festival also serves as a prominent meeting ground for music and electroacoustic researchers globally.

On view until Sunday, June 26, 2022, at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, Dilenschneider Gallery, 18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012. June 20 – 26, 2022, 9:00 am – 9:30 pm.

The Artists


The sound installation Metric Displacement is presented at NYCEMF with support by Swissnex Boston and New York, Presence Switzerland, Lewis & Clark College, HKB – Bern University of the Arts, and the School of Design at SUSTech Shenzhen.

Additional thanks to:
Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
Hym Super Factory, Vinyl Lathe Cuts, Shenzhen
Brown Arts Initiative at Brown University
StudioSounds AG Bern
Florian Kaufmann

  • Swissnex
  • PRS
  • HKB _ Bern University of the Arts
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • School of Design at SUSTech Shenzhen