Incorporated into a machine shop dating from the late nineteenth century, Accompaniment involves a recital played on a kinetic contraption composed of repurposed objects. The installation performs in unison with the building's other machinery. When the instrument is “played” the action of a central tractor engine sets in motion a network of aerial belts, which revolves an oil drum covered in carved carpet. The drum in turn depresses an array of keys on the wooden keyboard performing a silent display. The sculptural assemblage simulates the action of a music box but lacks an audible yield. A manifestation of amateur engineering, Accompaniment does not strive toward musical expression but labors to reconstruct the absent musician.

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