Brothers and collaborators Hays and Ryan Holladay create work that explores the intersection of art and technology with an emphasis on music and sound. With projects ranging from a multi-channel sound installation at the site of a former funeral home to composing and arranging a new score for recently discovered footage of the 1939 World’s Fair in collaboration with the Smithsonian Museum of American History, their work spans a range of disciplines and fields. 

Recently, the Holladay brothers have garnered critical praise for their pioneering work in location-aware composition: music created and mapped to a physical space, released as mobile apps, that use the device's built-in GPS functionality to dynamically alter the music as the listener traverses a landscape. On Memorial Day, they released "The National Mall", a location-aware composition that music critic Chris Richards called "magical...like using GPS to navigate a dream." They went to on create similar works for Central Park in New York, for SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas (the latter winning MTV/U Music's award for Best Music App at SXSW). A 2013 TED Fellow, Ryan's talk at the annual TED Conference (below) has been viewed more than a million times.

In Spring 2014, the brothers co-curated FERMATA: A Celebration of Sound at Artisphere featuring such seminal artists as Ryuichi Sakomoto and Alvin Lucier. Michael O’Sullivan, Art Critic for the Washington Post, wrote: “The most exciting show you’ll see this Spring is one you can take in with your eyes closed.” FERMATA was the largest exhibition dedicated entirely to sound in the Washington area.

FERMATA

FERMATA

The Holladay brothers have spoken at institutions and universities such as landscape architecture firm OLIN and MIT's Media Lab and have worked with organizations ranging from the US Department of State to MTV. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, BBC World Service, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, WIRED and Fast Company among others. They served as Visiting Artists at Stanford University’s Experimental Media Art Department in 2013 where they worked on a long-term project of sonically mapping the entirety of the Pacific Coast Highway. 

Contact: rholladay [a] gmail [dot] com