Found Sound Nation (FSN) is a collective of musicians and artists who leverage the unique power of creative sound-making to help build strong, just, healthy communities. FSN partners with local youth, social organizations, music festivals, and artists across all disciplines to engage people from all walks of life in our interactive process of collaborative music, audio, and video production, in order to give voice to underrepresented communities, unlock the creative potential of youth, and bridge cultural and political divides. Found Sound Nation is part of the new music organization Bang on a Can, founded in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe.
We believe that the art of listening extends far beyond the practice of making music — it is one of the major ways we can become aware of the beauty, tragedy, and hidden potential present in our neighborhoods, institutions and families. Our work emphasizes a mobile, accessible, collaborative way of recording and producing professional quality music, a technique developed by combining the innovative art music traditions of musique concréte, hip hop, audio-journalism, and contemporary composition. Our method is highly adaptable to different environments, based on finding the unique sounds and resonances of each space, drawing upon the talents of musicians in the local scene, and examining issues most relevant to each community.
We envision Found Sound Nation as an international round table of musicians, educators, organizers and artists. In order to better share the stories and media that emerge from this diversity of work, we are launching an FSN-curated ‘blogozine’ to share the projects that FSN does around the world, and to highlight the work of our partners, mentors, and team members. We hope this forum will enliven a global conversation about how creative collaboration in music can address issues we face locally and collectively, while making the world an ever funkier and more harmonious place.
Founded by Christopher Marianetti and Jeremy Thal in 2009, FSN began with one classroom-based studio in a failing school in the Bronx, and we have expanded our scope include a wide range of projects including: Producing the OneBeat international exchange with the Department of State, Partnering with music festivals in Zimbabwe, Switzerland, NYC and Maine; Remixing a mediation lesson in India; Developing film scoring curriculum in Haiti; Documenting youth music movements in Indonesia; Amplifying the work of youth activists in New Orleans, and re-mixing the unique magic of the Play Me I’m Yours piano project New York, facilitating music composition/production workshops with incarcerated youth in the Bronx and Brooklyn, and more.
If you would like to get involved with Found Sound Nation projects, or have an idea for a musical collaboration, please contact Found Sound Nation Co-Director Jeremy Thal at firstname.lastname@example.org.