Aural Revelations: Apparatuses and Machines

 

 
vinyl wall drawing "Resistor/Attenuator" foreground:"Base" right: "Accompaniment for Acoustic Ambulation", with "Accompaniment Accoutrement" , rear: "Collector", in vitrine at left: "Emmiter"

L to R: "Punctuation (for M. M. Anderson", "Eartrumpet", "Tool, or The Silence is Killling Me"

foreground L to R: "Base" and "Emitter" (in vitrine"

background L to R: "Eartrumpet", "Tool", photos from "Monitoring the Dunes"

Eartrumpet

This instrument functions as an analogue amplifier. It harnesses the physics of a particular shape and volume to funnel sound into a concentrated area. A previously popular accoutrement of the aged and wealthy, this device has fallen from fashion with culture’s desire to suppress the visibility of an imperfect physiognomy.

Tool

"By envisioning rupture, a violence unperformed yet garnering visibility under the aegis of desire, 'Tool' dares to interrogate the integral periphery of the body, thereby inferring its fragility and the necessity for its preservation.” 

“Making visible the paradox that 'to puncture' is simultaneously 'to open up' and 'to close off', to free and to silence, 'Tool' incorporates an awareness of the body as both barrier and means to the present moment. Within its latent ability to pierce there lies the pain of rending consciousness and the promise of access to an interior register wherein listening inclines toward an infinite proportion, recognizing the truth of a finite measure…”

 - M. M. Anderson, “Punctuation.” Berwick Research Institute air Volume 1, 2004.

"Attainment"

 

 
"Punctuation (for M. M. Anderson)"

at right: "Accompaniment for Acoustic Ambulation", with "Accompaniment Accoutrement":

Auditory enhancement for ambulation.  Translates path and distance into sound and duration.

Accompaniment Accoutrement:
Resonator for Ambulatory Accompaniment”
Accompaniment Accoutrement:
Resonator for Hands-free Ambulatory Accompaniment”

Apparatuses from "Serenade for Bob Goddard"

This instrument was used in a brief performance during the opening reception of this exhibition in the Roswell Museum. The artist, clad in the embroidered cloak, traveled with the phonograph from here through the Robert Goddard wing, and back in serenade/elegy for the innovative rocketeer. The selected song was “Fly Me to the Moon” by Bart Howard, performed by Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra, the same version played during the landing sequence of the Apollo mission in 1969. This was the first music to play in space. Goddard was an early pioneer of rocketry, intent on reaching “extreme altitudes,” sending a rocket to the moon and possibly to mars. He died in 1945, when the probability of such missions was still viewed with skepticism.

"I Amplify (Hairtrumpet)" 11x14" C-print

 

 




foreground: "Base," part of the Transistor Triumvirate

L: apparatuses from "Serenade for Bob Goddard"

rear: "Attainment", R: "Collector"

 

Christy Georg

Aural Revelations: Apparatuses + Machines

@UMass Lowell 2007

 

"Collector," part of the Transistor Triumvirate

Inspired by the transistor, a semiconductor for amplifying, controlling, and generating signals fundamental to most active electronic circuits, the Transistor Triumvirate consists of three discrete yet interdependent parts: the Base, the Collector, and the Emitter