And I glad he did because Bill Viola is pretty sweet. Born in 1951, Bill Viola is one of the-- no, IS the pioneer of video art. His work ranges from "videotapes and architectural video installations to sound environments, electronic music performances." Here's an example of his work below.
The fist thing I found was a Hypoallergenic article (go figure) about Bill Violas sound compositions from earlier in his career. These compositions were created far before Bill Viola began exhibiting the video work that made him famous; these pieces came out of collaborations and experimentation with David Tudor after Viola after Viola's graduation from Syracuse University, where he took electronic music classes.
I haven't had the benefit to hear these rediscovered sound compositions myself, so I'll include Francesco Dama's description. Dama explains these early pieces explore
" the relationship between particular conditions of space and sound ...in both “The Talking Drum” and “Hornpipes,” he focused on combining the technical properties of the instruments — percussion and wind instruments, respectively — with the physical space of the performance: an empty swimming pool"
"The relationship between particular conditions of space and sound" is something I'd like to keep in mind with my home piece in particular, and hopefully most of my work going forward. At this point I don't know if I will be able to explore it in my first quarter project.
The whole article is below:
I don't think I get anywhere close it it like he can, so here's the video below.