we went to Berlin, Berlin gave us spirals
We went to Berlin and Berlin gave us spirals. We were looking for the sound for miles & miles.
The progress was this way: 1) visit to a spring factory 2) listening to the springs with contact mics 3) jokes about inventing the wheel
The attention and different tensions, a grip and release, a kind of tuning that goes in and out, that gives way and grabs you, it winds up and down, it decays, it leads and leaps, it trembles, it lays down fine, it ambles and asks, it leans down for a closer look, it never returns. After working from the outside in we decided not to invent a new instrument but simply to misuse an existing one.
Boris got a guitar out (a baby Taylor) and began plucking strings and de-tuning them. And then Sophie and Karen began exclaiming and proclaiming it wonderful.
btw: zugfedern = tension springs
and druckfedern = compression springs
Posted on Friday, 26 June 2015 by Karen Christopher