The Sonic Circuits Festival’s Enduring Legacy

Source: Washington City Paper.

Microtonal tuba, homemade electronics, ambient textures, circuit-bending, string duos, tape collage, left-field pop, electroacoustic feedback, experimental sacred music, and a balloon. That’s just a few of the sounds you can hear this weekend at the 18th annual Sonic Circuits Festival—the District’s longest-running and internationally renowned festival of experimental sounds and forward-thinking music.

Since the first Sonic Circuits in 2001, the festival has roamed all around the city, under the steady guidance of festival director Jeff Surak. The itinerancy, Surak says, is intentional: The festival is “always in flux and it’s all part of a long-term composition of a sonic experience with no particular destination.”