Hays Holladay

The Holladay Brothers

Brothers and collaborators Hays and Ryan Holladay create work that explores the intersection of art and technology with an emphasis on music and sound. With projects ranging from a multi-channel sound installation at the site of a former funeral home to composing and arranging a new score for recently discovered footage of the 1939 World’s Fair in collaboration with the Smithsonian Museum of American History, their work spans a range of disciplines and fields.

Recently, the Holladay brothers have garnered critical praise for their pioneering work in location-aware composition: music created and mapped to a physical space, released as mobile apps, that use the device's built-in GPS functionality to dynamically alter the music as the listener traverses a landscape. On Memorial Day, they released "The National Mall", a location-aware composition that music critic Chris Richards called "magical...like using GPS to navigate a dream." They went to on create similar works for Central Park in New York, for SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas (the latter winning MTV/U Music's award for Best Music App at SXSW). A 2013 TED Fellow, Ryan's talk at the annual TED Conference (below) has been viewed more than a million times.

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