a sound sculpture
90” x 90” x 90”
typewriter, maple, purple heart, steel music wire, brass, silver, glass, rubber
Listen here for an excerpt:
Similar to the Poemophone: Optima, the act of typing sets this sound sculpture in motion. Five thin lengths of maple span horizontally the corner of a room. Stretched across four of these lengths are steel music wire, tuned to produce various tones when struck. A copper tube is suspended horizontally from the lowest rung. Mounted along the right side of each length, from top to bottom respectively, are a glass globe containing silver beads, a typewriter bell, a miniature hammer, and a flap of rubber. A manual typewriter sits a few feet away on a table. Each key on the typewriter is connected via thread to a single brass rod. Each brass rod is positioned to strike either wire, or tube, etc… This sound sculpture was used in a series of collaborative performances with other artists, writers, and musicians. “Aspirate breath is expelled at the edges of the teeth” is a CD booklet documenting these performances.