Wind

What really is the sound of a piano?

Here I’m testing the sound of wind through the “instrument”. It is apparent that more work is needed to make the “action” wind speed instrument (WSI) more sensitive to lower wind speeds. This is about a 40 mile an hour wind. I would say wind shares the physical property of sound as it does produce the energy of pressure. However it doesn’t create sound until it reacts with something resistant and resonant. This is the nature of sound. The EAR1 is an instrument of resonance.

As the turbine rotates it plays the wind through the vibration of its natural properties. However the properties of the wind meter have been altered many times from their natural acoustic properties: much like how musical instruments are altered to provide desired tone, timbre, and volume. The WSI parts first existed as minerals, a sheep’s wool coat, and trees. It was then harvested from the earth to produce raw material, forged into parts cut for a design, and then used for the construction of a 1949 spinet piano. I then plucked these parts from their 64 year life as a piano, and re-purposed them as my one raw material, newly designed parts and ultimately my new wind speed instrument.

A piano is a highly altered grouping of raw material. When the material is fashioned into a mechanical composition, we know to be the “piano”, it produces a voice. Raw earth gave birth to this voice and it has changed little in centuries. It is the perception of this voice that I am interested in. The very same raw materials that orchestrated a resonate voice for the last 64 years, are now resonating with a new voice. Additionally they are actuated by a new force. The force of wind. I propose the new piano voice , now titled EAR1, is just as valid to the luthier, artist, and listener. What does it reveal? I will explore the earth in which the raw material comes.

 

 

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