• Project: Earlids
  • Date: 2005-06
  • Project Concept + Sound Composition: Melissa Grey
  • Design + Fabrication: Robert Kirkbride
  • Information Design: Patricia Beirne
  • Interactive media: Giselle Leal

Conceived by composer Melissa Grey, Earlids examines noise pollution, translating it into a tool of awareness through a sound installation. Earlids is an interactive sound helmet that conveys the physiological and alienating impact of environmental noise and aims to better articulate the sounds that bother or please urban residents, while mapping their locations. Earlids broadcasts the disliked sounds until a user presses the “earwash” button, releasing a flow of desired sounds.

Earlids was exhibited at the Swing Gallery (NYC) and installed in the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Nevada (Reno, NV) as part of the 1st Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media, November-December 2006.

Exhbited At


Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada (Reno, NV)

  • November 9 - December 15
  • Group show at The 1st Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media, curated by Marji Vecchio + Joseph DeLappe


Swing Gallery, 15 Nassau Street (NYC)

  • May 9 - 20
  • Group show: Channels: Emerging Media Publics, sponsored by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Department of Media Studies and Film at the New School University