|By Business Wire||
|September 27, 2012 05:00 AM EDT||
Some of our country's most thrilling speeches -- Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, President Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech and President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration speech, for instance -- have been called timeless masterpieces.
Neil Armstrong's "One Small Step for [a] Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind" by Epic Frequency. (Photo: Business Wire)
Now, Americans can see how truly artistic these orations are.
A Nashville, Tenn. company has turned these three -- and more -- iconic American speeches into sound art, using the speech audio's sound wave pattern when delivered to create a stunning piece of modern art. And they've taken it one step further.
Train your smartphone on the QR code near the artwork's edge and you'll hear -- and "see" -- the speech as it was originally delivered by the original speaker. The distinctive sound wave pattern can be viewed over the smartphone screen as it follows the speech's audio.
And it's all just in time for this year's election season, too.
"You might call this art in motion," said Bill Seaver, one of two founders of Epic Frequency, the company responsible for the idea. "Both Nathan (Moore, Seaver's business partner) and I are fascinated with technology and art and thought what a cool way to capture and share important moments from American history. Too, we liked how the art encourages conversations and engages people in a truly unique artistic experience."
The idea for the creative art began several years ago as Moore and Seaver were publishing a monthly podcast. Following a discussion about American history, the concept of forming art from the wave patterns of historically significant speeches emerged, but it took two years for the idea to fully take form. The two entrepreneurs were finally able to launch the company this year.
Aside previously listed addresses, other speeches-as-art available from Epic Frequency include GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's acceptance speech of his party's nomination at the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa, as well as President Obama's similar speech at this year's DNC convention in Charlotte. Equally famous excepts will be available, such as President John Kennedy's "Ask Not" line from his 1960 inauguration speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Fear Itself" reference from his 1933 inauguration speech and the words NASA Astronaut Neil Armstrong first said upon setting foot on the moon ("That's one small step for man..."). The number of speeches and excerpts is to be expanded in the near future.
Each Epic Frequency artwork is a limited edition of 5,000 gallery wrapped prints on canvas, measuring 4 feet wide by 1.5 foot high. It's available at: www.epicfrequency.com.
Epic Frequency isn't Seaver's and Moore's sole focus; both have day jobs. Seaver owns a marketing communications consulting agency, Micro Explosion Media. Likewise, Moore oversees his own company -- Anthology Creative, a high-end web development company.
"With this art, we've tried to show the visual beauty of the spoken word," Moore said. "Where many Americans may have heard what great American speeches sound like, now they'll be able to see what they look like, as well."
About Epic Frequency
A Nashville, Tennessee start-up, Epic Frequency helps history come alive -- both visually and verbally -- creating modern, live artwork from the sound waves of great American speeches and historical moments. www.epicfrequency.com
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