Jameson Hubbs is a multidisciplinary artist born in Los Angeles who specializes in creating immersive installations. Jameson’s ethos is driven by using interactive art as a tool to awaken the creative and serendipitous connection between people. He is also the owner of Genius Drums, a small business that creates one-of-a-kind musical instruments. The projects below are a compilation of Jameson's work in a variety of roles.
Genius Sound Temple
Global Eclipse Gathering - Big Summit Prairie, Oregon 2017
Jameson designed this floating sanctuary for the 70,000 participants of Oregon Eclipse in collaboration with a team of other builders and artists. The Genius Sound Temple featured a tea lounge, vibrating bass floors, interactive floating instruments, and a variety of small performances and ceremonies- including a wedding the morning of the solar eclipse.
North Hollywood Block Party 2018
The Infinitree was commissioned for an open streets event in Los Angeles as a kid-friendly immersive art installation and landmark gathering space. It featured vibrating bass chambers and interactive tongue drum bells for participants to sit inside of, with decor consisted of mosaics from upcycled CDs and geometric spraypaint murals.
2015 - Present
Genius Drums are melodic steel instruments handmade from upcycled propane tanks. Each drum is tuned to harmonic scales that are designed so that anyone can play great music regardless of skill.
The Altars of Genius
Lucidity Festival 2017
The Altars of Genius is an installation commissioned by Lucidity Festival in 2017, consisting of a series of 9 interactive tongue drum sculptures.
SoundScape - Proposed for Burning Man 2023
SoundScape is a portal into an sonic field of nourishment and novelty. It is a place of rest, introspection, and co-creation. The entire structure pulses with soothing sounds that relax the nervous system from a series of robotic steel tongue drums, spatial audio speakers, and vibrating bass floors. These elements trigger notes and sequences in response to live human inputs in the center of the space on motion sensors and hands-on controllers- in a nutshell, the entire space sings and encourages participants to play it as an immersive, shared musical instrument.
This project was designed and approved for Patagonia Eclipse Festival in collaboration with the Synaesthesia Collective, but unfortunately has been put on the backburner due to the pandemic. Synaesthetic Resonance is an interactive sanctuary space that envelops participants in a people-powered soundbath and lightshow. It’s a nature temple, social lounge, and immersive installation designed to bring about play, rest, and connection. This project is also pitched as an art boat to serve as an epicenter for river hangouts during the day, although it can be modified with a lower budget to be on land.
The core interactive elements consist of user-friendly tongue drum instruments, vibrating bass floors, and detailed kinetic lighting engrossing the space. Robotic tongue drums, bells, and musical waterfalls will create an automated soundscape throughout the space. Participants will be able to play the environment as an instrument: all of these features will be programmed to echo tongue drums and midi controllers in the center of the space.
SoundGarden is an immersive gathering space and auditory oasis that consists of a series of robotic steel tongue drums and audio-reactive kinetic lighting. Everything is played by motion-sensored midi controllers in the center of the space.