Placing Found Sound

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.