VOLUME is a collective of creative individuals dedicated to presenting time-based work by emerging and established artists engaged in sound based practices, including performance, experimental music, field recording, voice, radio, movement, and technology. Through performances, concerts, exhibitions, screenings, and workshops, VOLUME aims at fostering a critical understanding of politics and aesthetics in relation to sound and sound based practices.  As a curating body, VOLUME intends to cultivate social and public activities, contributing to the contemporary sonic arts scene of Los Angeles.


VOLUME was founded in 2007 by Ed Patuto and Robert Crouch as a nomadic curatorial partnership spanning Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Starting in 2013, VOLUME expanded into a collective comprised of artists, researchers, curators, and writers focusing on sonic research and sound practices.


VOLUME’s programming has been made possible with generous support from the following organizations:

  • The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • de Young Museum
  • Goethe-Institut in Los Angeles
  • Goethe-Institut in San Francisco
  • Hammer Museum
  • Human Resources
  • LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
  • MediaThe Foundation Inc.
  • New Music USA (formerly Meet the Composer)
  • Pro Helvetia
  • ROOM40
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • Side Street Projects
  • Swiss Arts Council
  • swissnex San Francisco
  • USC Dornsife
  • The Wende Museum

VOLUME is a project of Fulcrum Arts’ Emerge Program.