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Music for Phone Booths

by Jeff Kolar

Free dial 02:51
Oper 0 04:17
S.O.S. call 01:42
No coin 02:35


Music for Phone Booths is a multi-channel audio installation and recorded album intended to defuse the hectic atmosphere of Chicago’s City Hall and County Building. For this site-responsive work, Kolar composed original music for playback inside five vintage abandoned phone booths located underground in the Chicago Pedway. The compositions feature an 1863 S.D. & H.W. Smith pump organ and electronics. The project investigates the style, function, and format of Background Music - music created to be passively listened to. Music for Phone Booths is intended to induce calm and serve as a comfort station for daily commuters.


released December 12, 2018

Performed, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered By Jeff Kolar in Chicago, Illinois, United States (2018)
Cover Art By: Jeff Kolar
Commissioned By: Chicago Loop Alliance, Space p11, The City of Chicago
Special thanks to Chris Cunningham at Loupe LLC.


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Jeff Kolar Chicago, Illinois

Jeff Kolar is a composer, sound artist, radio producer, and curator. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform established in 2010.

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