self-oscillating long strings
Installed / Performed
As Long as a Piece of String: Sarabande Foundation Solo Show
Sarabande High Road, London
May 30, 2024
June 4, 2024

Like removing a single note from a piano and placing it on the wall, Interval consists of variable length, wall-mounted, carefully tuned strings vibrating at resonant frequencies via self-oscillating feedback loops.

My solo show, As Long as a Piece of String, explored sound as distinctly physical phenomena, imagining sound as connective tissue intimately binding us to the spaces we inhabit. Five strings were placed around the gallery space, their length and tension – and consequently, their pitch – determined by the architectural and material makeup of the space. The strings resonate through the walls they are attached to. Each had a radically different sonic imprint and allowed the space itself to sound as the instrument.

Intervals extends ideas found in Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument and Alvin Lucier's Music on a Long Thin Wire; exploring notions of "musique concrète instrumentale" and "experimental lutherie" described by Helmut Lachenmann and Tarek Atoui respectively; tuning theories espoused by La Monte Young and various contemporary Just Intonation practitioners; and the extended timescales, listening practices, and notions of musical space found in the work of Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue, and Maryanne Amacher.