People sitting at and around a drum kit in a darkened room with

Wei Yang and Murphy Janssen: now you are there when this happened

Two youth at a drum kit in a darkened room, one swinging a drum stick.In December 2023, Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented an accessible youth and family art workshop at Jack Straw in conjunction with Wei Yang and Murphy Janssen’s New Media Gallery installation, now you are there when this happened.

After an audio description of the installation and gallery space from Jesse Minkert of Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences, participants explored Wei and Janssen’s work and recorded an improvised performance using the instruments in the installation. The group then created short musical themes in Jack Straw’s recording studios with engineer Daniel Guenther and production intern Erin Shellman. After recording their new musical ideas using Wei’s ambisonic microphone, the group explored the possibilities of manipulating the recordings into a new composition using SuperCollider, the software used to create now you are there when this happened.

Listen: now you are there when this happened gallery workshop sound compositions


Photography by Sherwin Eng.

This program was made possible with support from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Department of Services for the Blind, and individual contributors.


Portrait of Wei Yang

Wei Yang

Wei Yang is a composer/sound artist from China. He works with different mediums, through which he often contemplates the body’s role in sound production, sound in space, as…

Murphy Janssen sitting at a drum kit with mics on stands around it.

Murphy Janssen

Murphy Janssen is a recent graduate from UW with an M.M. in Jazz and Improvised music (‘21). With an emphasis on composition, improvisation, and electro-acoustic music in his…

Photo of Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert’s work has appeared in about fifty literary journals including the Cream City Review, Confrontation, Mount Hope, the Floating Bridge Review, the Minetta Review, Poetry Northwest, Common Knowledge…