Vinculum is Coppice’s archive of sonic artifacts. It collects different perspectives of air and edges of a shruti box (a small bellowed organ), accordion, tubing, sphygmomanometer, and funnels. Sounds were recorded and reduced to highlight some aspects at the expense of others.
The archive is resource for a series of “performed installations” that study the relationships between audio and audience in spaces: Vinculum (Courses) (2011), Vinculum (Coincidence) (2011), and A Vinculum Variation (2012). Selections from the archive are present in many other recorded compositions, most notably The Pleasance & The Purchase (2010), Bluing/Blueing (2012), Soft Crown (2014), and Bramble (2016).
Between 2010–2016 Vinculum was offered as unique/made-to-order hand-embroidered pouches stuffed with three different CD-R’s inscribed with their catalogue number, and additionally as individual discs in hand-painted sleeves. The listener is encouraged to play the discs simultaneously on repeat from multiple players when possible.
2012’s Vinculum Specimen Edition collects twelve CD-R’s housed in wooden boxes custom-designed and handcrafted by Andrew Furse, in an edition of five. The edition is featured in Stuart Tolley’s book Collector’s Edition: Innovative Packaging and Graphics (Thames And Hudson, 2014). The contents of each box are:
Supporters of Vinculum in 2013 were offered a Vinculum Blowing Kit, containing a free reed, brass and plastic tubes, a cork-USB containing an obviously produced memory, and Red Scroll, a short video and 32-page PDF, all stuffed in a hand-embroidered tall Vinculum pouch.