Copse and The Pleasance & The Purchase


Photo by Andy Amundsen

  • Prepared shruti box
  • Modified Boombox I
  • Inductive Mixing Table I
  • Cassette player
  • Vinculum audio
  • Acoustic filters
  • Harmonica
  • Pitch pipes and tuning forks
  • Eight small speakers (installation)

Copse proposed an “acousmatic dispersal” and sculptural extension of a shruti box in time and space, to invite the active perception of direct and reproduced sounds in relationship to their sources.

The products and byproducts of the shruti box were atomized, dispersed and shuffled spatially and temporally, in an effort to present the parts-to-the-whole relationships as fluid and continuous.

The live and recorded sounds were distributed to a set of installation speakers via the Inductive Mixing Table I, a flat surface designed to pick up signals from tiny speakers and other magnetic sources and dispatch them to eight speakers placed away from it. Inductive Mixing Table I functions as an expressive diffusion instrument in that it is immediately responsive to the manual gestures of speakers dragged across its surface.

The first two of three movements of Copse focused on the creation and designation of spaces concerned with the bodies that exist within the sound field in performance. Their arrangement for 7” record The Pleasance & The Purchase (Senufo Editions, 2012) presents a fixed perspective. The listener is not able to negotiate a multi-sourced sound environment, but is instead repositioned as a point existing within a stereo projection that they share responsibility for creating (the listener turns the recording on, sets the volume, places the speakers, selects a point from which to listen, etc.)

Fixed and flattened, The Pleasance & The Purchase invites a private question of where a listener finds their footing.

December 3, 2010Copse, ACRE Projects; Chicago, IL
October 2, 2010 – Sugar Maple; Milwaukee, WI
September 30, 2010Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, MN
September 4, 2010Sound & Cultivation, Campbell House; Chicago, IL

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