August 15, 2006

The Bring Your Own Voice Museum Tour

As some of you are aware, I have recently embarked on a BYOV Museum Tour. The intent of the tour is to travel to a number of art museums in the northeast, set up the BYOV booth and collect opinions and thoughts on art, museums and how they affect us individually and as a society. This topic has always interested me because I love how art can create highly varied individual responses and can encourage constructive discourse between people.

I kicked off the museum tour last month with events at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT and the Portland (ME) Museum of Art. You can see pictures and listen to some samples collected at these two events here:

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum BYOV
Portland Museum of Art BYOV

The next date is in western Massachusetts at MASS MoCA on the 26th of August and then I head to New York to the Chelsea Art Museum and P.S.1, the contemporary art affiliate of MoMA, in September. The full schedule - with ongoing updates - can be viewed on the somewhat re-designed Bring Your Own Voice website:

Bring Your Own Voice website

Here is an article written in the Fairfield Weekly about the kick-off event at the Aldrich:

Mr. Manipulator

Posted by halsey at 10:41 AM

January 08, 2006

BYOV Anniversary!

Today is the day I held my first public Bring Your Own Voice event. It has been a long and eventful year, but don't worry, I won't recount it all for you here. I'll just note this fact, give you a few key stats, and hope that the second year of BYOV is fruitful and fun as well.

Thank you everyone who has participated in any form. Your support is invaluable.

# of events - 10
# of voices recorded - 233
# of songs written - 8 (completed)
degree of fame attained - still working on that...

the booth started out looking like this:


and now looks more like this:


I think it's no worse for the wear...

Posted by halsey at 06:55 PM

December 30, 2005

Museum of Science

Here is the press release I just sent out to the Boston media regarding a BYOV event at the Museum of Science that I will be having next weekend. I hope to be a part of the Current Science and Technology podcast as well.

This event will also be documented by a producer from Weekend America for a piece to be aired on that show later in January.


Halsey Burgund holds Bring Your Own Voice event at the Museum of Science

WHEN: Saturday, January 7th, 1-5 PM
WHERE: Current Science and Technology area in the Blue Wing, Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Musician, Halsey Burgund, will be bringing his Bring Your Own Voice (BYOV) booth to the Museum of Science as part of their ongoing ‘Current Science and Technology’ exhibit and presentation series.

In lieu of live performance of his music, Burgund currently ventures into the public domain with his BYOV booth - a portable recording booth used to facilitate voice recordings – which will be present and in use at the Museum of Science on Saturday, January 7th. Museum patrons will be able to participate directly in the music-making process by entering the booth and answering questions or reading pre-selected texts while being recorded. The results will be added to Burgund’s ever-growing collection of words and voices from which he draws while composing new music.

Burgund builds his music around words that are spoken and recorded in a completely non-musical context. The notion of creating music out of everyday expressions not normally considered musical is the cornerstone of his approach. By incorporating voice recordings of otherwise uninvolved individuals, this music not only explores the vast array of textures the human voice can exhibit, but also is able to offer a unique opportunity to participating individuals.

The fusion of his music, lyrics and the voices of regular people is the captivating concept that drives Burgund’s most recent CD ‘words and voices’.

According to Jeff Lipton of Peerless Mastering, "This album is super textural. It is unique, original, and has a lot of energy. Halsey's approach to composing songs with layer upon layer of voice and sound is fascinating."

The ten song album contains recited poetry, narrations as well as impromptu conversations and other readings caught on tape. Words can be used in numerous ways and the context a word inhabits can be vastly influential on the resulting meaning. The arrangement and rearrangement of words with each other into phrases, sentences, stanzas, etc. in intended and unintended ways provides the lyrical and musical basis of this music.

“The booth and these songs are another way to connect with people. I think this whole project is about making connections,” says Burgund. “I’m happiest when one of my songs makes people feel something or view the world in a slightly different way.”

Posted by halsey at 01:54 PM | Comments (45)

October 27, 2005


I am back from Philly for what is looking like my final BYOV event for the fall. Though it was a pain in the ass in many logistical ways, the trip was definitely worth it in the end.

World Cafe Live is an extremely cool performance space; certainly one of the best, if not the best in Philly. It has two performance spaces, upstairs and downstairs, which are also integrated in the same large warehouse type building with the studios for WXPN (including the World Cafe studios) and the rest of the administrative aspects of that large public radio station.

I got a decent 15 voices recorded throughout the night which is fine in number, but a few were those of individuals in the music/art world which is always a nice thing. Karl Mullen, an 'outsider artist' and musician donated his Irish accent and gets the record for using the most colors of markers as he drew a masterpiece on the back of the booth. And David Dye, the voice and host of the World Cafe radio show, was kind enough to let me explain what I was doing and brave enough to enter the booth and answer questions about religion for me.

Here is the official summarization including photos and audio clips:

Bring Your Own Voice @ World Cafe Live

Posted by halsey at 07:21 AM | Comments (1)

October 13, 2005

Bring Your Own Voice video

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the official BYOV videographer, Mr. Rob Cheyne, we now have the stunning and intriguing "What is Bring Your Own Voice?" video. This six minutes of non-stop action is complete with footage of the booth at various events as well as commentary from a number of enthusiastic participants.

What is BYOV? [small-5M] | [medium-15M]

Hopefully this will serve the purpose of explaining what this project is all about to the uniniated. Please let me know your feedback, as this will always be a work in progress.

Those of you who are somewhat behind in your technology might have to download the latest version of Quicktime Player to take advantage of the new H.264 video codec which Rob used to compress the video. If the video doesn't play correctly, you can upgrade your Quicktime here:

Quicktime Player for Mac
Quicktime Player for Windows

And for those of you on the bleeding edge of technology, enjoy watching this video on your new video playing iPod.

Posted by halsey at 09:46 PM

October 05, 2005


Check out info about my next BYOV event coming up at World Cafe Live in Philly. This is very exciting.


Posted by halsey at 03:44 PM | Comments (1)

September 30, 2005

going cordless

The booth is no longer tied to a power cord. I can now set it up in locations far far away from any signs of civilization. Whether or not I actually want to do this is another matter. But at least I can. And there is something to be said for that, right?

Husky Portable Power Center

I will be giving the Husky a trial run at Oktoberfest this Sunday as my power options were depleted at the last minute. Don't worry, this event will be smack in the middle of civilization...

Posted by halsey at 11:31 PM | Comments (4)

September 22, 2005

back in public

After a summer hiatus, I had my first BYOV event of the fall at Art Interactive last weekend. You can check out the post-event write-up complete with the requisite audio clips and photos here:

BYOV @ Art Interactive

Posted by halsey at 06:55 AM

June 27, 2005

Global Mic

help me test by sending me an audio comment. tell me anything other than "testing 1, 2, 3. testing."

I like the idea of effectively having gained the ability to record audio anywhere in the world where there is a computer with internet access. This opens things up even more.

Posted by halsey at 03:08 PM | Comments (1)

June 14, 2005

BYOV at Yale

I have posted a summary of the BYOV event at my 10th year reunion. As always, there are pictures and audio clips. This time the weather was much nicer than last time.

BYOV at Yale

Posted by halsey at 08:54 AM

May 23, 2005


This is going to make BYOV events even more fun.


Ah, the fun that one can have with 560 multicolor LEDs. The possibilities are virtually endless as to what I can display on this thing. I have ideas for interactivity which could be very cool.

Posted by halsey at 05:59 PM

May 16, 2005

more video

I finally got around to playing more with Final Cut Express over the weekend and put this montage together from my stunning debut on FOX news a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I was only talked about (very briefly) and not talked to, but hey, I'll take whatever I can get and brag about it all.
The first ever aerial views of the Bring Your Own Voice booth are contained herein, which is pretty cool, and I had fun mixing my music in with the video.

BYOV on FOX Morning News

Posted by halsey at 11:54 AM

May 11, 2005


This internet thing is crazy. Look what I happened upon the other day:

can you see the pope inside?

There are some very interesting people out there.

Posted by halsey at 11:21 AM

May 08, 2005

MayFair updates

I've posted some pictures and audio clips from the MayFair last weekend. There's some pretty good stuff!

MayFair summarization

April 30, 2005


That's not really a nice name for it, but nonetheless, I have posted some audio clips and pictures etc from the Portland cd release event last weekend. If you were there, go ahead and re-live the glory, and if not, well, see what you missed out on.

Portland cd release


That's not really a nice name for it, but nonetheless, I have posted some audio clips and pictures etc from the Portland cd release event last weekend. If you were there, go ahead and re-live the glory, and if not, well, see what you missed out on.

Portland cd release

April 27, 2005

I suck at Final Cut!

Turns out that video editing with Final Cut Express isn't quite as intuitive for someone who doesn't like reading directions as I had hoped. Nonetheless, I persevered with my brute force introduction, and have something very exciting to share with you from the Portland cd release event last weekend.

Check it out:

Jeff Peterson is my new best friend

The pink shirt and "booth voice" belong to the famous photographer, Tanja Hollander, and yes, they spelled my name wrong despite filming me spelling it.
Please forgive the crappy edits and unprofessional compression scheme. A bit of outside assistance and more practice on my part will yield a better version eventually.

Posted by halsey at 10:21 PM | Comments (7)

April 17, 2005


I updated the BYOV site with some info and initial 'results' from the Boston event last week. There are some audio clips from those who participated. It's kind of fun to play them on their own and simultaneously as well.

Boston CD release event summary

Soon, I'll add some photos.

Posted by halsey at 08:58 PM


I updated the BYOV site with some info and initial 'results' from the Boston event last week. There are some audio clips from those who participated. It's kind of fun to play them on their own and simultaneously as well.

Boston CD release event summary

Soon, I'll add some photos.

Posted by halsey at 08:58 PM

January 19, 2005

about a booth

I added the About the Bring Your Own Voice Booth page to

And, I finally updated the entry for the BYOV event at Bernie Toale's. It's got pictures of the voice owners and a brief event summation.

Bring Your Own Voice at the Bernard Toale Gallery

Posted by halsey at 02:04 PM

January 10, 2005

Event #1

The weather was probably as non-conducive as possible for my Bring Your Own Voice event at the Bernard Toale Gallery on Saturday, but I did not let it stop me. The booth got a bit wet during transport, but survived intact and was quite happy set up in the middle of the main gallery space surrounded by some gorgeous photographs by Tanja Alexia Hollander.
I am indebted to S. and C. for all your moral support and help with the setup and breakdown as well as to all my friends who braved the slushiness and rawness to donate their voices to this project.

I am happy to report that I was able to record around 15 people, half of whom were complete strangers. The fact that these individuals were willing and interested in participating is very encouraging in that it suggests to me that perhaps this idea isn't all that strange after all.
I now have a lot of work in front of me in the post-event landscape. I will be posting some audio snippets and pictures of the participants, doing some other website rearrangements, sending thank yous to the participants etc. And then I have to listen to everything I recorded and eventually see whether or not I can turn it into a song. I feel some pressure with this now that I am involving the general public. And I can't start this work until I get the Words and Voices album artwork, mixing, mastering, and manufacturing done.

OK, clearly I need to stop blogging and get to work on all this. Don't bother me, BIG YELLOW.

Posted by halsey at 11:23 AM | Comments (2)

January 04, 2005


The big day is soon arriving and I am getting slightly nervous. Anyone want to help hang up some of these in your local haunts?


If you can help, here is a link to the pdf of the poster:

Bring Your Own Voice Poster

Right click to download, print, post and thank you!

Posted by halsey at 09:59 AM | Comments (3)

December 22, 2004

photo shoot

With my impending BYOV 'gig' at Bernie Toale's place in January, I have started to think about some promotion. There is no better way to promote than to use visuals, I think, so I needed to get some photographs of the booth itself. The booth is, afterall, the centerpiece of this project and I hope it will become a strong visual icon.
I couldn't take photos in my house because the thing is too damn big to not look totally crunched in even the largest of my rooms. So off to the local Unitarian Universalist church I went. Unfortunately, one of the many things I am not, is a photographer, so the results are somewhere in that netherworld between better than nothing and barely adequate.
I was pretty psyched to discover that the booth really is easy to set up and take down (45 minutes for assembly, half that to break down) and it is sturdy enough to sit atop, should one have the urge.

I like my booth

sadly, this was the best shot I took

yes, it is structurally sound

Posted by halsey at 10:48 PM | Comments (2)

December 19, 2004

it fits

One of my many design requirements for the BYOV booth was that it could collapse to fit on top of my car, and that I could load and unload it easily by myself. I can now safely say that I met that requirement.


I suppose one might argue that this isn't the perfect car for this project, but hey, it gets good mileage.

Posted by halsey at 08:35 PM | Comments (35)

December 15, 2004

fun with freehand

I take pride in the little cool things...


Posted by halsey at 07:00 PM | Comments (2)

December 14, 2004

don't forget your voice

I have finally gotten setup in a very elemental, but hopefully functional way. Please go check it out and let me know what you think!

Bring Your Own Voice

For now, I just need the site to explain what this project is all about, to act as a way of updating people on upcoming events, and to log past events. In the future, I hope to have more photographs and/or technical specs on the booth itself as well as detailed accounts of each event including the instruction sheets, photos of participants, audio samples etc etc. Eventually, of course, the songs that come out of each event will be posted.

Posted by halsey at 03:26 PM | Comments (2)

October 26, 2004

this weekend, I...

-almost got high on carpet glue
-installed a mic gooseneck


-did some grommeting
-hung some packing blankets
-divided 16 into 148


-pretended I was an electrician
-did some more stenciling


-blasted TOOL

I'm getting really close now.

Posted by halsey at 08:43 AM

October 09, 2004

all work and not enough play

I haven't had much time for work on any of my fun projects lately, including making progress on my portable bring your own voice booth (OK, I gave it away). But I did do some stenciling the other weekend and thought you might like to see the results. My basement does not provide for getting a good shot of it from far enough away to actually be able to see it for what it is, but hopefully this gives you an idea.


Posted by halsey at 09:16 AM

September 23, 2004

the door swings


this is a good thing.

Posted by halsey at 04:37 PM

September 22, 2004

bring your own voice

I am trying to establish my web dominance of the phrase 'bring your own voice', so please forgive me for over-using it now and in the future. Bring Your Own Voice!!
Feel free to google it and click on my site; it will help.

Here's more progress.


Posted by halsey at 05:50 PM

September 20, 2004

progress and visual clues

the first few cuts

still life with dehumidifier

dado blades are nasty

first setup

door assembly

door joint detail

someone already guessed correctly.

I will be stenciling 'BRING YOUR OWN VOICE' on the side before you know it.

Posted by halsey at 11:35 AM | Comments (1)

September 18, 2004

the land below

it feels really good to be back in the shop, though I do have pangs of guilt for not being in the studio. The good thing about the shop, though, is that I get to dress up in really sexy outfits.


It has been so long since I have been in the shop that it took me a while to clean stuff up to the point where I could use it. Unfortunately, during its non-use, my planer suffered a major malfunction, the replacement parts for which will cost more than a fairly decent new planer. Luckily, I don't need the planer for this project, but I hate to see that faithful machine huddling in a broken state in the corner. The majority of the cleaning up I had to do was cobweb removal. I felt like I was in Spiderman's living room it was so bad. And more kept appearing as the dust I generated settled in waves highlighting them.

I've got Saint-Saens piano concertos on the hi-fi and it's drizzling outside. I feel like I am 22 again, covered in sawdust. This is good.

Posted by halsey at 04:00 PM | Comments (2)

September 16, 2004

shopping list

from Home Depot:

5 4x8 sheets of 1/2" BC pine plywood
8 4" t-hinges
1 chest handle
2 home/garage fire extinguishers (you can never be too safe, right?)
2 9 volt batteries
1 MASTER combination lock

Today, I begin construction. Any guesses?

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