Resonant Platinum Records

1st exhibition: Kenderdine Art Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, June 2012 (4-disc version);

singuhr-hoergalerie, Kleiner Wasserspeicher, Berlin, June 2012 (12-disc version)

12 aluminum discs resembling platinum 12-inch vinyl records are suspended individually from long piano wires attached to the ceiling of an exhibition space. Each piano wire is attached to the output of an audio amplifier, via a resonant motor with the equivalent impedance of a typical loudspeaker. Audio signals are sent into the amplifier, which transmits audio signals through the resonant motor into the piano wire and aluminum disc. The result is audio signals becoming audible, broadcasting from the aluminum discs.

A collection of audio files have been composed that explore the resonant characteristics of the piano wires and aluminum discs, so that a varying program of sounds moving through space and materials are realized as a musical composition, manifest as a sound installation.

(photos 1, 2, 3: Galerie des Arts Visuels, Quebec City, 2013; photo 4: Kleiner Wasserspeicher, Berlin, 2012 – photo
Heinrich Hermes)

©Gordon Monahan 2012