Sonambient® Sound Sculptures

Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sonambient
In the early 1970's Designer and Sculptor Harry Bertoia and his son Val, made hundreds of sound sculptures. These sculptures represent Harry Bertoia's formation of Sonambient®.

Sonambient® was Bertoia's term to describe the spatial and tonal environment created by these sound sculptures.

Harry Bertoia created these sculptures of different shapes, length and thickness in order to achieve a range of gentle and sharp sounds. He experimented as a way to seek harmonic balance with the metal, resulting in pure, unique tones.

When touched, struck or brushed, these sculptures became abstractions of sound as they sway and knock against one another. The sounds are organic and mysterious, as tones resonate and flow into each other.

The completed Sonambient® also consists of gongs and suspended sonic-bars. Within his renovated barn, Harry made over 360 magnetic-tape recordings and compositions between 1968-1978. 11 of these recordings were made into LP vinyl records in his lifetime and are collector's items today. The sound-tracks for these 11 LP vinyl records are available on a set of 6 CDs in our online Shopping Cart.

Bertoia sound sculptures In the present, Val Bertoia continues the Bertoia tradition of sound sculptures.