Placing Found Sound
Installation at the AMS gallery in Vancouver
The installation begins with a performance by the artist and then the piece is left to be played and explored by the gallery spectators.
Installation mock-up featuring Sara Huynh
placing found sound
Thanks to Daniel Robbins from DR Media for the video.
PLACING FOUND SOUND / Installation / piano mechanism, sounding materials / 125cm x 50 cm / 2013
The moving mechanism of an acoustic upright piano is extracted and placed on the floor to operate on a selection of sounding materials. The materials chosen: feathers, wheat stalks, glass jars, tuned wood scraps become a palette for evoking a sense of place, recalling a memory or a dream through sound. The placement of the keyboard on the floor asks the viewer to kneel in the posture of prayer, for careful listening and reverence to sounds often made in passing or as mistakes. The keyboards and action taken from antique pianos that were destined for the landfill.