Pullcordion is an exercise in mechanical motion. Horizontal pull is translated into vertical lift and rotation. The sounds made by the expansion and contraction of the dryer ducts are created by harmonica reeds installed on the top of each tube. Visually, one of the goals was to contrast the organic, creature-like quality of the tubes with the angular black box and rigid wooden dowels. Mechanically however, all these components work together as a single system to transform the pulling motion of the viewer into action and sound.
Pullcordion was installed on April 2nd at the SOMArts Center in San Francisco for Modulations 2011, an electronic music and sound installation event put on by Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). My piece was shown along with other student projects from Music 250B and Artstudio 154. These two classes were co-taught winter term 2011 by Trimpin, an established kinetic/musical sculptor. In this video, I asked my friend Chris Carlson to interact with the piece.
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