Both a stand-alone installation and a framework for performance, Catenary uses tuned and stretched piano wire on a massive environmental scale to push the notion of an instrument toward architecture. The scale ruptures conventional structure and allows multiple vantage points so that viewers may experience unique readings as they move around the piece. A coded notation is cut into the front panel of the boxes and presented in the form of irregular but gridded dots, juxtaposing instrumental and environmental design with musical notation. These circular marks are the score for the mechanical piece that is translated into code and struck by the motors. Doubling as a speaker grating, the incised patterns create a distinct relationship between image and sound. The score produces the sound and exits through the score — layering sound production and sound notation. The piece is anchored into the ground with rectangular concrete supports bolted to poles that are raised over nine feet in the air while dozens of wires span over hundreds of feet across multiple trees and mounting points. The internal structure of the piece is built with a piano pin block made of laminated maple. Inside the metal boxes, piano wire is tensioned by tuning pins and is struck by a motorized system with padded felts. The rhythmic divisions notated on each box sonically overlap, creating endless connections and levels of rhythmic patterns that mirror the visual design and the nature of the work itself. Catenary was installed at Caramoor in Katonah, New York in June 2014.
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