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Paul V. Miller

Apr 19, 2022 10:01 AM
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Apr 26, 2022 10:54 AM
This is a really neat installation and really impactful experience. It was a good time to take a step back from the busyness of life and reflect on the effect people have on the earth.
Dannon Johnson

Apr 26, 2022 11:50 AM
This installation was not only incredibly cool but incredibly eye opening! Its immersive experience allows the listener to fully understand and respond to the magnitude of the human impact on our natural world. I highly recommend checking this out before it’s gone!
Ryan Long

Apr 26, 2022 1:29 PM
The plant exhibit in association with the posters was really great, especially the visual. I wish there was a poster that outlined how the visual is generated, especially if it were like a simulation of the plants response to the sound. But this really made me think globally. I loved the quote on the catholic response poster, “There needs to be a distinctive way of looking at things, a way of thinking, policies, an educational program, a lifestyle and a spirituality which together generate resistance to the assault of the technocratic paradigm”. It makes me feel like i have direction, a 5 pillars kind of approach to addressing this issue in my life. This is what college is supposed to be. I love how the plants collaborate in the exhibit, it makes me think mankind should too. In the same way that the ‘neurons’ of plants are like colonies of ants, humankind must affect climate change as one organism.
Rio Scarcelli

Apr 27, 2022 12:24 PM
The installation was awesome! What I want to know is where you got the inspirations for the 8 human sounds and why those stood out to you as the best commentaries on the interruptions of metatonia?

Response from Paul Miller

That's a good question, Rio. The human sounds are simply scenes from everyday life. Maybe the point is to acknowledge that everything we do has some effect on nature, so let's try to mitigate our effects on the world around us. A last idea: these are beautiful sounds to me; human activity is not inherently bad or evil. We love our children and want them to have the same wonderful experiences we have had -- clean air, water, good food, walks in the mountains. In the end, the sounds are there to provoke thought and reflection.


Apr 27, 2022 12:57 PM
This installation was such a nice break to the day. I was sorry to go back out into the sounds of the human-built city after spending time with the subtle, soothing plant and nature sounds. A welcome perspective of our impact on the natural world in our daily lives!
Joe Walsh

Apr 27, 2022 1:40 PM
I loved the interactive elements of the installation. It made me more engaged and helped convey the message of the exhibit. The differences in sound between the plants were remarkable, and the surround sound added an extra layer of immersion.
Kyle Stiver

Apr 27, 2022 2:55 PM
The idea of having the plants’ own electrical signals effect the playback of the four most natural sounds in the universe is amazing. I absolutely enjoyed coming into the room for the short 20 minutes I was able to and experience the mixture of natural sounds with the ones that cause the destruction of the planet in different forms. It was a truly mesmerizing experience.
Adam Reis

Apr 28, 2022 8:56 AM
The format that is used is absolutely amazing, as feeling the sound echo throughout the room really changes the quality.

Apr 29, 2022 10:29 AM
Beyond amazing! Very interesting! Very informative! Paul Miller did an excellent job with this display. Definitely worth a trip to the Gumberg Library to check it out
Elizabeth Fein

May 1, 2022 1:12 PM
What a wonderful presence to have in the library. The entities all around us are communicating all the time, in ways we need to learn to hear, and this exhibit opens up new possibilities for listening.
Rob Behary

May 2, 2022 3:56 PM
If for only a few days, the installation was a wonderful addition to the library. I witnessed several students and employees interacting with the installation. When we originally designed the exhibit space, our vision was for an interactive data wall, but this installation surpassed any vision that we had in terms of interactivity, multimedia, and educational purpose. I hope we can reprise the installation in the future!

Response from Paul Miller

Thanks so much for your kind words, Rob. The space works very well indeed, and we are so grateful that the Library was willing to let us use it. We learned many things from the experience that only come from physically setting up an installation and running it for days on end. THANK YOU and the entire staff!

Michelle Kenyon

May 2, 2022 7:53 PM
This installation was really impactful and thought provoking. What was the most striking for me was the level of reaction for sounds that I would consider to be beautiful, like the bells. It was also really interesting to watch how the animation’s “neutral state” (or state without the intrusive sounds) evolved after every introduction of an intrusive sound. I would have loved to see the impact caused by animal sounds such as birdsong, but all in all this was a fantastic installation and I really enjoyed it.

May 3, 2022 4:23 PM
I was blown away by how the sound felt! Being in the middle of the plants, hearing the sounds, engaging with other noises... it was very powerful. Thank you for sharing this work!