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Soundpainting is the multi-disciplinary sign language used for live composition, created by New York composer Walter Thompson.

To date, Soundpainting comprises more than 800 gestures and is being used by hundreds of professional artists worldwide for the live composition of music, theater, dance, and visual art. Soundpainting is also used all over the world by educators to teach group listening, ensemble building, improvisation, and live composition.

This site has been created as a hub and resource for:

  • artists and educators around the world who are actively using Soundpainting in their work.
  • artists and educators who want to learn Soundpainting and gain experience in the art of live composition.
  • anyone who wants to find out more about Soundpainting and events that showcase Soundpainting in performance.

Soundpainters can also visit www.soundpainters.org/resources to participate in a discussion forum about the language and its application.