Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer and sound installation artist who combines electroacoustic music, improvisation, and voice to focus on historical events and contemporary social issues. She developed narrative soundscape composition as a way to pivot between creative practice and research while investigating how darkness, spatial audio, and interactivity affect the audience’s engagement with narrative in electroacoustic music listening experiences. Her interests include the history of production techniques and aesthetics which link radio drama and electroacoustic musics; multichannel composition; and immersion.
Jackson’s works have recently been featured at the Fridman Gallery in New York; the Carillon New Music Festival at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago; the Tonband Fixed Media Festival in Stockholm; Organ for the Senses series at the Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park, San Diego; Stockholm’s Kulturnatten 2017 festival; and the Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway. Past projects include Party Line, a sound installation for San Diego Art Institute’s “The Dead Are Not Quiet: A Group Exhibition of Macabre Art;” Duets in the Key of Dada with David Molina at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; a residency at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion (EMS); the premiere of This is Radio Opera at Audiorama Stockholm; Soldier, a 5-day immersive cinematic installation in collaboration with video artist Ava Porter for the Recombinant Media Lab at Qualcomm Institute in La Jolla, California; and Invisible People (A Radio Opera). She was selected by the American Composers Orchestra for a reading of her composition Atlantic Crossing by the Naples Philharmonic (Florida) in 2016. She has contributed to the Swedish journal Nutida Musik and is a recipient of San Francisco's Dean Goodman Choice Award for Sound Design and Theatre Bay Area’s Eric Landisman Fellowship.