New Sound Installation Compartments to premier at the Chicago Bridgehouse Museum October 17th – November 3rd.  


Tender House Project: Demonstrating the Cultural Activation of Chicago’s Bridgehouses

Experimental Sound Studio presents Ryan Ingebritsen: Compartments

October 17 – November 3, 2019

at the McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum 

99 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601


Compartments is a sonic installation composed by Ryan Ingebritsen and organized by Experimental Sound Studio for the Tender House Project Exhibition at the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. This work is part of a larger body of work that takes inspiration from Chicago’s diverse waterways.

Compartments takes the audience inside of a unique water feature on the Des Plaines River, at the Ryerson Woods Nature Area in Deerfield which eventually flows into the Chicago River. This special place features shallow water that quietly flows over and through a rock bed forming several different “compartments” through which the water flows creating a variety of sonic effects. In this installation, the architecture of the bridge house is used to emulate these sonic compartments, allowing the audience to move through this environment. Re-synthesis of very close up sonic perspectives from each of these compartments helps to emphasize the musical nature the waters persistent flow, forming a circular oscillation between synthesized and found sound.