POEMOPHONE: A SERIES OF SOUND SCULPTURES
7” x 13” x 12” average scale in series
typewriters, various wood species, hand-forged steel
During a Senior Woodworking Residency at OCAC, I completed a series of experimental musical instruments based on the lamellophone, each having a unique tuning system. By repurposing vintage typewriters, I have created Poemophone, a series of sound sculptures that explore the poetics of making meaning, playing with compositional strategies at the intersection of linguistics, literature, experimental music, & sculpture.
I have formulated each Poemophone´s tuning system for specific collaborators-musicians, writers, visual artists-so that each sculpture has an individual voice. Each voice is derived from `Outlaw´ tuning systems, meaning that intervals between tones are irregular. Applied to a typewriter keyboard, each letter of the alphabet has a musical tone. Any combination of letters played on the instrument generates an audible musical phrase rather than written transcription. Text played on a Poemophone results in an act of translation, an interpretation. Because each instrument in the series has its own unique tuning system a text composed on one will sound differently when played on another.
For more on these instruments and my collaborations, including audio samples, visit www.poemophone.com
Newly Tonal Consonants (Composed by Ethan Rose)
Songs of the BlueBird (Composed by Peter Suckecki)
Poemophone: Quiet de Luxe
Poemophone: Model 5