Quiet Please! was an exhibition of Sound Art and Interactive Design which attempted to change our perception of how we view and interact with music and sound.

Sound art challenges fundamental divisions between visual art and music. Works of sound art play on the fringes of our often-unconscious aural experience of a world dominated by the visual. This work addresses our ears in surprising ways: it is not strictly music, or noise, or speech, or any sound found in nature, but often includes, combines, and transforms elements of all of these. Sound art sculpts sound in space and time, reacts to environments and reshapes them, and frames ambient "found" sound, altering our concepts of space, time, music, and noise.

Tangible interfaces allow us to realize seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment by giving physical form to digital information and computation, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible.

Quiet Please! was part of a broader project at the Industrial Technnology Research Institute called Sme(n)ms: Shared Musical Environment for Non-Musicians. Sme(n)ms was an investigation towards the creation of collaborative environments that will allow for the ongoing sharing and creation of sound events (music). The goal of such systems was to provide an easily understood yet malleable environment that allows for creative expression and communication at a rich level.


Quietplease! is Clark MacLeod, a Canadian designer and musician living in Asia. He is joined by a talented group of Taiwanese artists Celia Shih, Chentai Chen, Tsang-Han Lee, and Jia-Shen Weng to create new ways to view and interact with sound and music.

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