Vinculum (Courses) and Vinculum (Courses) [Version Baschet]


Photo by Stan Carpenter

Photo by Nathan Keay

  • Prepared shruti box
  • Electronics
  • Free reed boxes
  • Plastic tubing
  • Accordion
  • Sister
  • Eight speakers in wooden resonators

Version Baschet:

  • François and Bernard Baschet’s Aluminum Piano (1962)
  • Pump organ
  • Prepared shruti box
  • Electronics
  • Speaker Boxes

The performed installation Vinculum (Courses) presents the development of action-capture-reduction that constitutes the registration process of Vinculum, Coppice’s archive of sonic artifacts. The trajectory of live sound shedding into reproductions is exemplified also as a spatial path through the diffusion of audio over multiple speakers away from the source instrument.

In the first stage, thirteen brass free reeds are sequentially activated by the mouth while being recorded. Each recording is then electronically processed live, and introduced into eight speakers. In the second stage, the process is repeated but with each free reed activated by means of bellows and a tubing system, which is supplemented with minimal tactile rhythms and acoustic filtering. These manual effects blend with the electronic processes that progressively hollow out and transform the audio. By the third stage the original recorded material has integrally evolved and become segmented. Finally, Pivot, a minimalist accordion passage, is played to reprise the original onset. The piece dissipates in the spread of events and long silences.

The one-time-performance of Vinculum (Courses) [Version Baschet] captured and dispersed the sounds of the François and Bernard Baschet’s Aluminum Piano (1962) across a 4-channel installation of small speakers.

The recordings of both versions of Vinculum (Courses) mix different recording positions in space, forming flattened perspectival documents of dispersed action.

August 26, 2011 – Crystal Baschet Concerts, curated by MCA Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow Timothy Grundy, Museum of Contemporary Art; Chicago, IL
October 13, 2011 – The McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival 2011, curated by Robert Greenwood, David Nelson, and Robert Peterson; Shreveport, LA
March 25, 2011Music With A View 2011, curated by Kathleen Supové, The Flea Theater; New York City, NY
March 20, 2011Articular Facet 3: Loft Dinner,Pop-Up Gallery @ 220 S Wabash; Chicago, IL (preview performance)

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