1986 Ear(s) to the Ground (2013)

My entry for the fall, University of Minnesota, US faculty exhibition- Ear to the Ground at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery was held January 8-31st. In this annual Minneapolis-statewide-faculty show I submitted plans (above on nearby wall) for an interactive soundwork which required the listener to place an ear on a sounding board anchored to the floor. From above instructions, a person needed to lie down with an ear against this board. From a nearby enclosure, a cassette recording was FM-transmitted to attached in-floor receiver/ transducers on both ends of the board, and these sounded the 12 minute-mobius, 2-channel cassette of a Terrain Instrument mix fr/Duluth Minnesota US. At the close, I stipulated that donated transmitters/receivers, transducers, cabling and amplifiers be given to interested art students. 1984

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The Dougas Fir (thumb) experiment used parabolas on trees seperated by 100 feet, in which actual audio was relayed between the two small dishes, w/aluminum (top silver one) 6-DC/FM radio receivers shared these line inputs-via a basement sound room- into a pair of SHURE M67 mono mixers and output was cabled to a 3rd dual FM transmitter located atop the roof chimney. NOTE: there are quite a few vacant and quiet holes on the FM band in Duluth Minnesota USA) TREE AS ANTENNA During initial testing, re a disconnected ground wire, I listened to German shortwave transmissions. Sterilzed steel pins were attached to xyz Columbia accelrometers. http://www.d.umn.edu/~lbrush/lbarchivesf2.html#anchor823475

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The Terrain Instrument "sound sculpture's" initial design and concepts were lauded by then University of Iowa President and the some members of departments including computing, physics and engineering. Art unanimously abstained. Though the river flowed closest to the liberal arts school, they hosted only the approved Graduate College feasibility study and other paperwork flows. Students who would have signed up in advance could accompany their instructor and were both assured privacy by using a retractable jute ladder. The then developing Iowa City Center for the Arts staff were to have planned events around an accompanying moored barge would have been tied up beneath the RiverHarps and nearby Clapp Auditorium, Iowa City US (detail) Maple leaf scan (x20k magnificaton); sonogram detail of its topography.


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