Joshua Penrose, a native of Columbus, Ohio, began studying piano at the age of 5. He has studied percussion performance, music composition, and electronic music. After serving as a Russian linguist in the United States Navy, he has continued making interactive sonic art and sound-based installations. He currently teaches digital art, and approaches to new media as a lecturer at The Ohio State University.
Street Crossings is a sound installation – a duet. The work performs alongside an existing gesture of municipal aesthetics in the urban soundscape of downtown Nashville. Electronic bleeps and blips punctuate the urban traffic drone when it is time cross the street. This work fills and extends that moment with a superimposed sonic layer. A multi-channel soundtrack activates the power dynamic of this auditory relationship, and momentarily surprises and delights.