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photo: Quinn Tivey





Jake Harper (Banrei) was born in Washington DC in 1988.

Formerly of New York and Berlin-based Soundwalk Collective, he is most known for his work with sirens.

In 2015, he founded Public Decibel, a sonic architecture firm whose aim is to solve placemaking and urban design challenges through sound. 

He is currently leading auditory urban design for an autonomous mobility startup. 





Artist Statement 

Banrei makes use of sites/methods of control as the means for public sound installation, often utilizes equipment seemingly existing in a site by default: public address systems, ambulance sirens, mass SMS messaging services, native advertising.


Impulses, bursts, and sirens are constructed from the rejectamenta of the music sampling process. Sources are obscured and listeners are confronted with the primal qualities of the wavelines – roughness, harmonies, shapes. Bursts are experienced emotionally as well as physically, an imperative breaking apart linear narratives into a collection of simultaneously possible states.


The listener is provoked to engage a cognitive crossroads between analysis and instinctive reaction.  Beyond the limitations of our irrational fears and our arbitrarily curated taste, the mechanisms of this crossroads cannot be possessed by experience.  To give into it is to open one’s self up to the most abstract forms of human interaction. 




Select Public Presentations of Work 


Spatial Music

Sentralen, Oslo

Mass Notification (solo show)

Experimental Sound Studios, Chicago

Premio Arte Laguna Art Prize, Finalist

Arsenale, Venice


Multiburst (solo show)

Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

Re: Re: Re: Re Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Art Show

Pfizer Factory, Brooklyn

Mass Notification

Antarctic Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Art

796 Bursts [radio premiere]

Concertzender FM, Netherlands



De Montfort University, Leicester UK

AMNMA (solo show)

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park IL

Re: Art Show

Pfizer Factory, Brooklyn

Spies in the Wires

PACT Galerie, Paris

Drop Everything Biennial

Inis Oirr, Ireland.

Father's to I've to Father's

Tate Modern, London


Columbia College, Chicago


The Garden

Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Ephemeral Objects

San Diego Art Institute, San Diego

It's Too Late

Zhou B Art Center, Chicago


 “MEDEA: Zig Zag Series” Audio CD, photo book, and travel diary

Published by Dis Voir (With SWC)

Drop Everything Biennial

Inis Oirr, Ireland (with SWC)


Centre Pompidou, Paris (With SWC)

Well / Well / Not-at-all Solo Festival

ESORABAKO, Tokyo, Japan

Eavesdropping Festival 

The Tank, New York.



PS1 Art on Air, NYC (With SWC)

EN Movement Showcase: Anew

Tokyo Salon, Tokyo

Festival of Ideas for the New City Biennial 

New Museum (With SWC)

The Passenger

French Institute Alliance Française concert at Florence Gould Hall, NYC (With SWC).



Running Man (Opera)

Riverside Church, NYC. 


Lectures / Papers / Demonstrations


”AMNMA”  Demonstration and lecture. KISS2016 Kyma International Sound Symposium Emergence!  De Montfort University Leicester, UK


“The Sonic Garden: Interactive sound in Public Spaces” Demonstration and talk. Pershing Square Renew Technology Committee, Los Angeles USA.



Mana Contemporary Artist in Residence, Jersey City NJ

Select Publications

BBC, July 2017

Irish Times, May 2017

Spun essay by Michelle Grabner, Oct 2016


Daily VICE, August 2016 

Trajectoire, July 2016

Art New Portal, July 2016

L’Exploreur, June 2016

VICE, March 2016


Irish Times, March 2016


The New York Times Style Magazine, May 2012


Tsugi, October 2011


Les Inrockuptibles, September 2011

Liberation Next, 2011


PS1 Art on Air, August 2011 


New York University BA, Composition


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