1. Callings was performed and filmed on March 16th, 2013 on the Den Røde Plads (Red Square) in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Composer: Spencer Topel
    Concept: Spencer Topel and Jesper Egelund

    Performers (in order of appearance):
    August Sebaestian Bager
    Nicolas Martin
    Tan Tuan Hao
    Ji Yu

    About Callings:
    Before cell phones and two-way radios, acoustic instruments were the only way people could communicate over large distances. For hunting and war, horns sent commands and basic messages. Callings exploits this style of interaction by placing four performers around Den Røde Plads in Copehagen, Denmark. Over the course of approximately eight minutes, the performers navigate different sonorities and timbres. They are guided by a simple set of instructions, but that also requires them to carefully listen for tones from other players across the area of the square.

    Sponsored by the FIGURA Ensemble, Danish Arts Council, Det Frei Gymnasium, the city of Copenhagen, and Dartmouth College Year of the Arts 2013.

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  2. site-specific installation

    wood, electromagnets, transducers, steel and copper harpsichord strings, steel harpsichord pegs, speaker wire

    Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonian Music Days 2016
    public viewing April 8th - June 3rd 2016

    ECHOIC MEMORY II transposes the beam-like forms into the vertical dimension, distributing twenty-six monochords across four floors in the atrium of the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn. Sounds reproduced on the strings of the monochords are related to the proportion between tuning and length, whereby the lowest tone of each string corresponds to a resonant tone in the room. Phantoms of environmental sounds, music, and speaking can be heard, creating an experience that mimics the psychoacoustic phenomenon of short-term sonic memory.

    • spencer topel: instrument building, concept, programmation, and technical design
    • toivo tulev: curation and production

    documentation by audiovisual students of the Eesti Muusika ja Teatriakadeemia:
    • Alyona Movko, director of photography
    • Karl-Gustov Kello, producer and sound engineer
    • Kaisa jõhvik, actor

    This work is funded in part by the Eesti Kultuurkapital, Eesti Muusika ja Teatriakadeemia, Estonian Music Days, and the Dartmouth College Office of the Provost.


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  3. A sound installation within the underground service tunnels at Wesleyan University. This work exploits the sounds and resonances from the machinery and industrial architecture within the tunnels. Presented at the 2014 SEAMUS Conference at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

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