Legend of Passing Time with Instruments and Captions

    Legend of Passing Time with Instruments and Captions is an abridged account of Coppice’s custom and modified instrumentation since 2009. Ranging from handheld objects and digital models to actual and simulated architectures, Coppice’s instrumentation is overviewed as an evolving idea. Presented from within the documentary space of the now defunct Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, Coppice captions the passing of time and the shapeshifting music within it.

    Presented in 2021 for the 10th International Scientific Meeting for Sound, Music, and Musical Instrument Studies in Gardunha, Portugal; and for the Sound Studies Lab at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

    This presentation is an annex to Coppice’s script for audio paper Stewardship to Obsolescence and Preservation: Listening to Specimen Music through Yerkes Observatory’s Refractor and Reflector Telescopes.

    • Format: Script and audio paper for live audiovisual presentation
    • Artwork: Coppice, with images from the University of Chicago Photographic Archive of the Yerkes Observatory, including drawings by astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard.
    • Date: August 2021