Black Rock City’s Beautiful Noise

While sound artist and engineer Simran Gleason fixes his generator, the heart that pumps life into his original Max/MSP-powered sound installation entitled “The Haunted Garden,” a woman dressed in a leopard suit approaches him. “Did you order a pizza?” she asks. “No,” replies Simran, slightly puzzled. “Okay, were you thinking of ordering one?” she presses on. “Did your subconscious order one?” She indeed carries a pizza box, making the exchange slightly less bizarre than it might otherwise seem, though the fact that Simran and his newly-met delivery-leopard are both in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert takes the cake in that regard.