soundpedro2022 Bouceback Buzzy

Terry Braunstein


On-site Event June 4th

and as seen throughout soundpedro2022

soundpedro2022 mascot: BOUNCEBACK BUZZY
By Terry Braunstein

Marco’s Mascot of Ceremonies costume for soundpedro this year builds on this year’s theme of soundwaves and reverberations. We wanted to proclaim that in this year’s soundpedro, we are no longer the disembodied voices of Zoom, but full-throated live apparatuses, loud-hailing sounds of every kind. 

As for the name, Bounceback Buzzy, there are two aspects of its derivation. The word “bounceback” is defined, and has been used in crossword clues, as “echo” and “deflection.” In mythology, the nymph Echo was a disembodied voice deprived of the ability to sound out before anything else had sounded or to remain silent in the presence of sound. As for “Buzzy”, it derives from Buzzy Boop. Separated as Echo’s voice was from herself, so was Betty Boop’s signature “Boop-Oop-a-Doop” from its inventor Harlem Jazz singer Ester Lee Jones. Her scat- style singing was appropriated by Fleischer Studios, creator of Betty Boop cartoons, which in 1938 introduced the character of Buzzy Boop, Betty’s noisy tomboy cousin. 

So as soundpedro celebrates our “bounceback” into a post-pandemic world, the Mascot of Ceremonies will reflect all of its renewed sonority and richness.

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Terry Braunstein’s exhibitions, collections, commissions, public art, awards include: Centre Pompidou and Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Gallery Miyazaki, Japan; LA County Museum of Art; Sala Arcs gallery, Barcelona; Museo Civico, Italy, Long Beach Museum of Art; Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia, Spain; Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica; Washington Project for the Arts in Washington D.C; Franklin Furnace, NY; Getty Center; National Museum of American Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Library of Congress; LA County Museum of Art; Los Angeles MTA; Long Beach Transit; National Endowment for the Arts; City of Los Angeles (COLA) Cultural Affairs Arts Fellowship

Artist Location: Long Beach, CA

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