Parasocial Listening Event

Bishop Ivy (2021)

Parasocial Listening Event by Bishop Ivy:: Supported by FRFAF #2022-001 from STUDIO for Creative Inquiry on Vimeo.


This research supported the production of a spatial-audio listening event for the EP “parasocial” by Bishop Ivy. 12 speakers were arranged in a circle at Carnegie Mellon’s Alumni Concert hall, each playing different stems from the record. Attendees were invited to walk around the room, changing their experience of the sound by changing their location.

The event included a demonstration of Ivy’s custom-made electronic glove, which was used to control the speed of the music in real-time.

All songs were written and produced by Bishop Ivy. 12-speaker version mixed by Ivy. Stereo version was mixed and masted by Ground Control, also known as Apollo LTD.

The EP, “parasocial”, is the result of the songwriter realizing he would often write to people, without any expectation of response. Whether it was writing to a partner or writing to himself, it was as if he was writing to ghosts.

This research was supported with microgrant#2021-060 from the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier.