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Published on Dec 7, 2013
This is a solo performance of me (Lou Bunk) playing the Styrofoam-o-phone at the 119 Gallery in Lowell, MA on 12/6/13. This 'found object" instrument is made of Styrofoam, rubber bands, paperclips, cardboard scraps and metal which are bowed, plucked, rubbed and otherwise resonated. The instrument is amplified using a contact mic running through a volume pedal into three small speakers of which one is a sub-woofer. The speakers are placed close to me to maintain a natural directionality of the sound. At the top of the instrument, just out of the camera shot, several piece of cardboard and metal are attached.
This method of free improvisation prioritizes a spontaneous yet precise structural language though a sonic vocabulary made of rich timbres and stark rhythms sometimes framed by silence. Through discovering form in the moment of performance, I try to merge the act of music composition with free improvisation.