Welcome! Through this special, limited-time access you can listen to both new releases, Rumble and Sound Space, by Troy Ramos.. You can hear the full works via SoundCloud or YouTube options. Below is also a bio and artist statement of the artist, as well as a link to his body of work. Please contact with any questions or issues. And for all media and interview requests, please use either the Contact link on this site or a method you already have. Please enjoy and thank you for time and efforts.
Sound artist Troy Ramos has announced the release of his 5th album titled “Rumble”. It released Valentines Day. This new work is once again available exclusively on Bandcamp at www.troyramos.bandcamp.com.
This album is described as: “Industrial ambient/musique concrete”. This album is a composite of field recordings of factories in operation, buses moving through the city and invented sounds which are organized into vast spaces of minimalistic sound art. These sounds are themselves ‘beings’, consisting of intricate rhythmic patterns, carefully sculpted sound worlds and whispers of industrial ideas you’ll recognize. These works speak their own language, but they communicate in a way that you'll understand what they're saying if the interaction is genuine and attentive.”
”This is very different from past works, yet there’s still that common thread of ambience and sound quality found in all my works,” Ramos said. “I’m constantly pushing myself, pushing my art works, trying to explore new possibilities,” he said. “Everything I do is simultaneously a work on its own and a part of some larger, overarching work.”
Rumble consists of three tracks, each similar in length, and, as is usually the case with Ramos’s works, invites the listener to have a longer interaction with the work. “I thought about this album for years. Sometimes things happen quickly and sometimes it takes time,” he said. “Considering the amount of time that I’ve put into this, I hope people can have an honest, genuine and thoughtful interaction with it. My works always require it. I think the result of this lengthy relationship is beneficial for both the work itself and the listener.”
”Rumble” releases on February 14. It’s available now for Pre-Order. TroyRamos.Bandcamp.com
Artist Troy Ramos has announced the release of Sound Space, the sound art element of his sound and light installation which premiered at ArtPrize 10. This album officially releases on March 7 and is already his second release of 2019. This album is available exclusively on Bandcamp: https://troyramos.bandcamp.com/album/sound-space
“I’ve been watching a lot of motivational videos,” joked Ramos about his productive year so far. “After a few big events last year, I’ve been fortunate enough to have more opportunities come my way. And I fully intend to be there waiting for what’s to come with my best efforts right next to me. And I’m happy that I also love what I’d do. That goes a long way when you’re putting in long hours day after day.”
Ramos won the Pitch Night Detroit Award given out by ArtPrize last year. The award came with $5,000 and a prime venue for one of the largest arts festivals in the world in Grand Rapids. “It was such a great experience. I met so many awesome people and got amazing feedback and responses to my work.”Again
His work, Sound Space, had thousands of visitors and was one of the top voted artworks in the Public Vote category. Several months after this experience, Ramos feels it’s time to make his sound work available to the public. “Although people won’t experience the visual aspect normally associated with this work, the sound element to this work is such a massive part of the experience. It’s an interaction worth your time, I promise you.”
This album is available exclusively on Bandcamp: https://troyramos.bandcamp.com/album/sound-space.
Artist Statement on Work
Below is artist statement on the work, adjusted for the context of the release of the album:
SOUND SPACE (2018)
Originally Premiered as a Sound and Light Installation
“We are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial, so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did yesterday, I’m likely to get nothing more than a thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” -Alan Watts
Often we go into artistic spaces to look for the specific works: the painting, sculpture, etc. As significant as the actual works are, I think there's something at least equally as meaningful beyond that idea, which is: the experience of having an interaction with art. This includes entering into a listening space, of course, to have an interaction with a sound work.
Sound Space is a sound art album about creating experiences which encourage reflection and pause, and it asks the listener to interact with the artwork for a longer period of time- not for the benefit of the work, rather for the potential benefit of the listener. This work is about what the experience does to you and the effect your interaction with it has on your world afterwards. This work encourages sound art as being connected with human experience.
Sound Space premiered as an award-winning sound and light installation at ArtPrize 10 in Grand Rapids. Although the artist’s visual aspect is obviously missing from the experience of listening to the work, it remains a platform for observers to experience themselves. This is one, 30 minute work. The sounds you hear and the experience you have from listening to the work are as much of a work of art as the work itself.
Releases March 7, 2019 This album is available exclusively on Bandcamp: https://troyramos.bandcamp.com/album/sound-space
TROY RAMOS (b. 1975)
BA: Western Michigan University ('04), Music & German
MA: University of York in UK, Music Composition ('08)
Troy Ramos is an artist, composer and curator based in Detroit, Michigan. He’s also the founder of ArtHouse 43. He creates sound, light and video installations and has had his work shown across the US. He has received numerous grants and awards. Most recently he received the $5,000 Pitch Night Detroit Award from ArtPrize for his sound and light installation Sound Space, which premiered at ArtPrize 10.
Mr. Ramos earned his MA in Music Composition from the University of York (England) in 2008. Since then he has worked in artistic spaces and also releases sound works on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.
I am an artist, composer and curator. I'm aiming to create non-directional works with a sense of timelessness. Without the need to be somewhere, the works are free. They are allowed to be themselves, allowed to be anywhere and nowhere.
My works almost have no ending and no beginning. They are part of a loop, just like myself. Everything I create is part of a continuous process. And any idea I have, any work I present, is just a small part of a larger work. And so each individual work also functions as a departure point toward some other idea.
I create sound works because I want to confront silence. These sound ideas are like objects that I transform into something completely new, or into familiar objects that are being described in a different way. And I present these works as albums, or with light or video installations, which I create so that observers can sit in the spaces I’ve constructed and experience themselves and the universe around them, hopefully in a thoughtful way. How listeners experience my works is up to them, of course. In time, the works hopefully become clearer.
I do not project topics onto my artworks. They have their own meaning: themselves. I intentionally avoid the literal because I want to maintain a level of abstraction, always. I don’t wanna break the fiction, I don’t want to tell anyone. I want to live in the story and imagine. Everyone’s different, of course. But I’m looking for more articulate moments of my own, and this is reflected in how I perceive and approach creating my own works.