EAR1 Violin Monsoon Grass

I’ve been thinking about how to explore and synthesize audio and visual harmonies – not in the sense that the audio is a precise representation of a visual environment, but rather a broader, floating and more flowing harmony. It is interesting that perception causes us to bring audio and visual movements into sync and then allows them to float away just as easily.

At DeCordova

Curious Visitors jpgI was invited by Artists Jane D. Marsching to bring the EAR1 Remote Station to the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in conjunction to her Field Station Concordia. Jane’s Project has…created a platform for the gathering of data about the local ecology in the form of observations, handmade and virtual representations, and texts and maps that challenge and reimagine the separation of human and natural agency. For more information about Field Station Concordia visit: http://www.fieldstation.net

I had great conversations with visitors of all ages interested in how they might listen to and interact with the Environment in alternate and harmonious ways.

Below a Norway Spruce and Hemlock trees tower above Field Station Concordia and provide an oasis for exploration and creativity. Because of the tight grain of the Norway Spruce, it has historical been prized by Lutiers as a supreme tonewood for making guitars, Mandolins, violins, cellos, and soundboards for pianos. The needles form a duet with the wind to create a gentle Spruce Melody. EAR1 captures the riff – listen below.

EAR1 Remote Station Norway Spruce Web