Jeanette Dick

A Sound Piece on Trash

Presented by: Jeanette Dick
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Evan Matthews, Professor of Music



"Trash" is an immersive performance art piece exploring garbage and it’s possibilities for sound.  The exponentially growing abundance of global pollution of items such as plastic, metal, glass, and other materials like styrofoam, is becoming more critical each year. Scientists around the world estimate that more than 8 million metric tons of plastic are entering our oceans every year. If our actions of consumption and disposal continue, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, or possibly sooner. Although it may feel like this problem is easy to ignore, that individual actions won’t make an impact, it soon will be impossible to make a change unless we individually take action. Using the music of the ukulele and sounds derived from the very same everyday disposable materials that we aim to call attention to, we have collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind experience exploring juxtaposition and devoted to ocean trash. The piece explores our progression into a more polluted Earth using experimental musical distortion. The original plan was to invite the general public to participate in this performance piece, but because of our now virtual format, we simply invite you to immerse yourself in the experience.