Welcome to the website of Shawn Decker,  sound artist, composer, sculptor, and teacher.  In addition to the news about my latest activities found below, there is full documentation of all my sound installation work (the artworks link), a music section with 3 full CDs worth of material that is all playable online, and links to my latest professional materials (the bio link) and a page of links to my School of the Art Institute of Chicago classes (teaching).  Click on any image for a slideshow. Many pages have both sound and video at bottom of the page as well. Enjoy!

An audio walk featuring recordings of several past works I have done at the Chicago Cultural Center (spanning over 15 years) is included in Jan Tichy's exhibition currently at the Chicago Cultural Center at Michigan and Randolph in downtown Chicago.

Anne Wilson and Shawn Decker: Mess

Two pieces which I collaborated with Anne Wilson on - Mess (shown on their outdoor video display) and Errant Behaviors were featured as part of the show F'ed Up at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, September 6th through November 9th.

atom- r performance in Shawn Decker's Prairie Installation

There is a great video of Field Anatomy, a performance by atom- r (Anatomical Theaters of Mixed Reality) within the installation of Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center last spring.  Here is a short edited video of the performance (the entire performance was roughly an hour long.  I would encourage you to check out their other fabulous work on their tumblr page (link above).


The Life on a Leaf House and the Sounding Dome Sauna were featured in a New York Times article - The Life on a Leaf House is an Artist's house project by my collaborator in Finland - Jan-Erik Andersson - for which I contributed the permanent sound installation Sound Bridge.  The Sounding Dome Sauna (shown in the slide-show part of the article) is a working "Sound" Sauna created for the European Cultural Capital in 2011 and now part of the artists house as well - with sound bot

I have FINALLY finished video documentation of Prairie and have uploaded both video and audio files to vimeo and soundcloud respectively.

While I get a documentation page up on this site (within a couple of days, I promise) for now I offer you links to both the video and audio.  More soon, I promise!




Gryke - Shawn Decker and Mark Booth

I have just posted a very nice recording from Gryke's (Mark Booth and I) recent performance at the Empty Bottle in Chicago.  This is the latest version of a new piece called Six-Spotter Burnet (after a small butterfly we spent some time with in Ireland where we first collaborated).  Enjoy!

Here is the Empty Bottle recording:



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I will be performing/installing "Natura Naturans" - a piece based on an performance/installation done at the Sonic Peripheries festival in Breman, German two summers ago at the Ragdale Foundation for their Art Walk this Sunday Oct. 19th. This is a piece featuring 32 small speakers installed in the plant room of the Ragdale house, along with quadrophonic sound from 4 larger powered monitors.

Mark Booth and I will perform a set at the Empty Bottle this Sunday, October 13th as the duo gryke. Ryan Dunn is opening for us, and this should be a great show - hope you can make it!

Join everyone who helped put together my installation Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center (including yours truly) to toast the last weekend of the installation (we are having a clsing reception rather than an opening)!  The piece has had a fantastic attendance, but if you still haven't seen it, this weekend is your last chance!  The closing party will be in, and outside, the Yates gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 Washington St, this Friday May 3rd, from 5:30 until 7:30.  I hope to see you there!!!