JOSH RODENBERG

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So far 2019 has been a year for collabrative projects. New media artist Amy Youngs designed and built a beautiful augmented reality app for mobile platforms and I created the sound design. 


Becoming Biodiversity Intro from Amy Youngs on Vimeo.

From Amy’s site “An augmented reality application that encourages participants to explore and experience local, ecological networks present in an urban park site. Cell phones and headphones are used to experience this artwork, which includes mixed-reality animations and storytelling as an overlay to the actual park. The experience is an embodied one, designed to connect humans empathetically with the biodiversity, symbioses, and unseen worlds in public park spaces.“ read more here


New media artist Federico Cuatlacuatl created an experimental documentary Coapan En Espera (Coapan on Standby). I was asked to do the sound design for the film. 



COAPAN EN ESPERA (Coapan On Standby) - OFFICIAL TRAILER 2019 from federico cuatlacuatl on Vimeo.


Finding the Time

is a collection of audio and video recordings done at the Mountain Lake Biological Research Station in Albemarle County, VA during an artist residency attendance in the summer of 2018. Joshua Rodenberg was invited to the program to collect field recordings and to collaborate with biological research faculty and students from across the country.






While at the residency the artist created a daily ritual of walking into the vast Appalachian flora, documenting his
excursions electronically through mobile tracking applications, video and audio recordings. The main focus was to capture the energy of the area and strip it
down to it’s bare essences by focusing on residual environmental frequencies and color palettes. With this piece, the artists is abstracting how audio and visuals
are received by condensing them in a short but heighten experiences.

“The piece is a ten minute loop representing my daily ritual of hikes in the morning, afternoon and evening.
The intention is not to sit and see/hear every second but to have a escape from your daily routine of walking from
one point to another. The piece was specifically created for the.
The sounds are frequencies that some believe have healing properties. Each video and speaker has a different soundtrack intended to alleviate stress, anxiety and anger. These sounds are woven together with melodies and are
interlaced in the composition to create a sensation of conscientiousness. The intention is for the viewer to be
transcended to a place that reminds them of a joyous experience they may have had.




Cognizant is a conceptual sonic experience much like a lucid dream connecting similar and unrelated elements in a linear motion. Arise from an ambient surface, grasping on to familiar sounds to echolocate yourself, only to find you are lost in an unfamiliar territory.  The audience is meant to travel along with each track, metaphorically or physically finding their place inside of the journey. By the end of the album hopefully cognizance is discovered in beautiful melodies and jaring textural chaos.
The album is a collection of musical and soundscape compositions utilizing instrumentation, lo-fi and high quality samples. I focus on the imperfections of recordings as much as the crafted rhythms and melodies. Samples are collected from various methods using equipment not always practical or purposeful. I think of sound as a material to be manipulated painstakingly and appreciated in its rudimentary recorded form.




ALBUM artwork by

Nathan Tergsteeg












2017 Harmonious  Mid-West Tour

Video Synthesis Painting

         Inescapable is a  installation that was a combination of technology that I have collected over the last 15 years. The composition of equipment generated a humming noise along with a rise in temperature in the gallery space creating an unsettling feeling as the viewer walked through the space. Imagery and soundscape was a created and found, creating a chaotic conglomeration of media overwhelming the senses.   Technology from the last 40 years comes together as a sculptural Installation at the Anderson Gallery from 1/26-2/4 2018. slide projectors, tv monitors, stereo receivers, iPods, computers, air organ, digital projection& VHS video camcorder