James Talambas is a multidisciplinary new media artist, composer, and DJ who creates site specific, multi dimensional, and multi sensory sculptures and murals. He owns New Media Recordings, a studio in Fort Worth. Talambas also writes scores and sound design for films, and has produced and arranged for international artists. He consistently employs technology, improvisation and space into the pieces he composes, creating site specific, and musician specific electro-acoustic works.
Throughout my musical composition and audio production studies and I found myself asking questions that were little served by conventional approaches. One night, I sat down at the piano and began to improvise: I would allow my mind to lead my hands and lead the composition. I then took those sounds, recorded and manipulated them, and amplified them in speakers around the room. I fell into the world my brain had created. It was exciting and scary, but reassuring. Through creating world of sound around me, I no longer felt at odds with the world within me.
Moving beyond static pieces of art or music, I thus began working towards the creation of environments that could change a person’s perception by using frequency, dynamic, sound collage, tone, color, space, time, and technology. Although, technology and new media are important elements of my work, I take particular care in not allowing technology to overshadow narrative and emotion, also important elements of my art. In my art, technology is a means of expressing deeper aspects of humanity.
Of late, I have been transitioning my work to more kinetic free standing structures that move seamlessly between mechanical and digital, have more visual stimulation, and allow for more expansive conversations on both the sublime and material socio-political issues.