Floating Sound Gallery

Diapason gallery


As the sole venue in New York City and one of few internationally dedicated to the presentation of multi-channel sound installation, Diapason provides a space where composers and sound artists can realize their work for an interested public. By providing an optimum listening environment, two high quality multi-channel sound systems, a regular audience, and a place for experimentation, Diapason seeks to engage composers and the public in dialogue about the place of contemporary music and sound practice in a broader cultural context.

Over the past thirteen years, Diapason and its predecessor program have presented the work of nearly 300 composers and other practitioners of sound art from the USA and abroad. In 2007, Diapason relocated to its own dedicated exhibition space in Brooklyn, with 2 galleries in which we present monthly sound installations and regular live performances year-round. In 2008, Diapason established an Open Call program, which has enabled dozens of artists from a range of disciplines the opportunity to develop and present new work. Artist participants in the program are invited to utilize the space on a regular basis, and perform their work on site weekly. Sound installations runs for one month, with listening every Saturday and by appointment. In addition to ongoing premieres, Diapason is host to the special event, Optosonic Tea, a performance and discussion series dedicated to exploring the convergence of live visuals with live sound.

Diapason was supported by The New York State Council on the Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Experimental Television Center, Phaedrus Foundation, The New York State Music Fund, Meet The Composer’s JPMorganChase Regrant Program for Small Ensembles, Kirk Radke, and generous donations from individuals.