The Power of Intention! An Interactive Soundscape for the Rubin Museum of Art

Note: This project and page will continue evolving after its’ premier at the Rubin Museum of Art on July 21st, 2019, providing acknowledgements of participants and samples contained within the soundscape produced along with any other credits and details about how the work is built and anyone that assists and lend use of additional samples they’ve produced. Thank you to the Rubin Museum, Building Beats, and all who choose to participate for making this project possible. 


A new interactive soundscape by Rhiannon Catalyst and Building Beats (empowering youth through music) for the Rubin Museum of Art

The Power of Intention

Details in short:

On July 21st at the Rubin Museum of Art, Rhiannon Catalyst curates and MC’s a live painting and sound event (The Power Painting Jam – live painting to an interactive soundscape) presented with an original soundscape created by Rhiannon Catalyst in collaboration with Building Beats (an amazing non-profit organization, since 2013 Building Beats had developed and expanded DJ and digital music production programs, instilling entrepreneurship, leadership, and life skills in New York City’s low-income and minority youth). A personal message from Rhiannon: I am thrilled to be working in collaboration with this amazing organization and their students to create an inspiring experience for people of all ages, and I am expanding this project to make it a public invitation- I want your voice to be part of this soundscape! If you are in the US all you have to do is call this toll free number: 888-744-7044 and leave a voicemail message sharing one sentence on what empowers you. You can talk about the power of intention, expression, community, music, art, or collaboration. I value your voice and your words highly and you can inspire so many with a very short message. The museum has a amazing exhibit called “The Power of Intention” that this soundscape is inspired by and designed to tie into, and I highly encourage anyone in NYC to visit the museum (hopefully on july 21st from 1pm- 4pm for the “Power Play” Block Party where this will be premiered- you’re all invited!) to see that exhibit. If you want to participate and you’re not in the United States, you can also make a short voice recording with your cell phone or computer and send it to: 


More details

This is a public call to people of all ages. This year I’m placing a higher emphasis on youth in many aspects of the event and would be so grateful to any young people that care to add their voices to the mix. Calling all young people who want their voices to be amplified and heard- you can help me inspire other people of all ages in the process. I’m excited to invite you to participate in this project, and I’d be grateful if you’d consider adding your voice to this interactive soundscape. It will be played live at the museum on July 21st, 2019 at their annual Block Party, an amazing, free, public, all-ages event that drew over 7000 people last year. All you have to do to contribute is call this number (612) 888-6984 or the toll free number 888-744-7044 (both numbers have been set up explicitly for this purpose of crowdsourcing samples and stories for my interactive soundscapes) leave a voicemail – (or several if you wish- people sometimes do multiple takes and tell me which one they like best)… those messages will go to me directly and no one else- and leave a short message about what the power of community, art, music, expression, intention,  collaboration (or anything else empowering in a positive way) means- why it matters to you. Your voice will not be used in ANY other context, or without your permission- this is for my own public art and sound project only, and completely non-commercial. This piece is designed to help inspire and empower young people and people of all ages by sharing a soundscape of voices (set to beats made by and collaboratively with youth through NYC-based non-profit organization Building Beats) with a beautifully diverse all-ages crowd where people can hear people speaking about things that matter to them, while artists create live art on canvases on a stage inspired by this soundscape and your words). I will MC the event and share with the crowd how this soundscape was made. You can absolutely remain anonymous if you wish. 


Other questions to inspire your contribution* (answers to the prompts above or below will make it most likely I can use a sample of your voice in the project):

What empowers you?

What does the power of intention (or community, art, collaboration, vision, music) mean to you? 

What are your intentions for the future, and / or visions for a more positive collective future?

*When answering these questions directly, please state the question or subject first, as in, “For me, the power of intention is…”


A special message to young people:

Today, as perhaps more youth than ever are standing up for change, it seems the world is fully recognizing the power of young voices. I have long been an advocate for youth empowerment and truly listening to the next generations, and I’m grateful to and proud of this generation for taking the stands they are on so many issues. I am looking for young people who want their voices to be amplified and heard. Take part in an interactive soundscape to be played for thousands of people at the Rubin Museum’s Annual Block Party, this year’s theme being POWER.

In this original soundscape, samples of young people speaking will be an integral part and focus, in the same spirit my soundscape for the new York Hall of Science asked for public interactive involvement to create a soundscape designed to inspire people to collectively reach and work together. Link to that project is below if you’d like to know more about my last soundscape. For this current project I have the opportunity to start something I’ve been visualizing for a long time- to highlight and help young voices to be heard, and for other young people to hear voices of their peers being celebrated and amplified (literally) in the streets. There is a long lineage and history of people amplifying their voices on the streets of NYC to draw attention to things that are important to them, and wherever you are in the world, I want you to know that feeling and be part of that history (as I know many of you already have, in many cities and places in the world). 

Thank you so much for your consideration!

With great respect,

Rhiannon Catalyst

(Curator, soundscape artist, organizer, and youth mentor)



Details on my last interactive soundscape project, produced for and with the New York Hall of Science:

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