POEMOPHONE: A SERIES OF SOUND SCULPTURES

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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

Listen:

Newly Tonal Consonants (Composed by Ethan Rose)

Songs of the BlueBird (Composed by Peter Suckecki)

Poemophone: RoyalRoyal1

Poemophone: OptimaOptima performance image

Poemophone: Quiet de LuxeQuietdeluxe1

Poemophone: NoiselessNoiseless52018-03-16 14.23.03

Poemophone: Model 5

poemophone cover 12018-03-16 14.05.27

Poemophone: CosmosCosmos1aCosmos keys detail

Poemophone: BlueBird2018-03-16 14.12.43poemophone cover

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