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collaborators sought, including: a,Chicago Park District,.

class accepted by Dean Gilmore; networking announcement: by Gloria DeFilipps Brush>> A syllabus and a TRYON FOLDER- covering conceps and prospects for the audio-centered class was available to faculty and anyone interested. AC Primer FEB72 folder PDF 1968-72 (all in progress); <<>>> SAIC & sound 2005

hall posters, flyers, "blurbs", news conferences, Broadcasting Magazine yearbook, popup


helium-filled selfbroadcasting VEE balloons & hexagrams monitor winds, phenomena / Sonia Sheridan's 1960s Generative Systems / selfbroadcasting Giant IVORIES east bound on the Chicago river / free radio blimp radio / modulated laser drawings on cloud bottoms / 2007 leif BRUSH 2, 3 compliations 5 Out To The Stars, Into The Heart Kosmophone & Terrain Instruments email

MFA concepts, projects, audible sculpture, soundworks, audible constructs, mind voice network School of the Art Institute Chicago, 1970 - 1972;

SAIC upper roof photo looks east and one tower from a subroof Hexagram (E) is seen

Photograph, taken by Gloria Brush, depicts the galvanized steel strandage and opening the green box below reveals a comprehensive look see: windmonitors and windslicers which serve as combined triangular and rectalinear sensing planes, et cetera. As sounding inputs, all wires intercept blustery winds reflected downwards from the buildings on Michigan Avenue--having originated as a northerly from Lake Michigan. Custs meandered, often times collided with traffic noises, re-sounding from nearby Loop buildings. These resources served as sound inputs to the Arp synthesizer, student ears and cassette/reel-to-reel recordings, and input seekingr Greedy Suckers band responses.

Horizontal galvanized steel strands of the sensed wind monitor covered the E-W length of this upper roof (below) where its top faces East; skematic context of SAIC roof (below grren box))all the details of the construction


1971 fr/cassette RE: Hxagram sounding experiments, etcetera; in-class LB discussions, local radio

Haloid/drawing: enlarged SAIC roof Hexagram configuration

America the Beautiful Fund & 2009 response refdsdvd_20091013bioportfolio.pdf SAIC instructor, synth player Stu Pettigrew 19690101StufreeINFO.pdf

SAIC subroof, Chicago

L: John Smead, Les Doyle, Leif Brush, Dennis Kugler, Ed Heffernan and Seton Coggeshall were on the SAIC subroof . R: detail Hexagram setup: amplifying windslicer strands...listening... checking out connection to mixer/console in classroom 201 below


these same wires are being used here as a microphone; a physically.attached Shadow 20l sensor input could handle any input from the Greedy Sucker's & their ARP sythesizer, JPG, 2) located in the (Chicago Tribune founders dedicated:) Colonel Robert R.McCormick Class Room 201 below

Detail of a portion of the East-West strandage of the Hxagram's main monitoring wind plane installation: Hexagram employs avariety og. 16,18, 20 & 22 gauge steel strands. Sensor varieties combinated crystal, accelerometer and DeMarzio magnetic transducers. Not grounded, these wire could piuck suchGiving the Chicago weather forecast for sailing on nearby Lake Michigan. Pictured: that first 22 gauge wire you see was literally in LB's mouth as these wires were all sensitive as any ribbon microphone 2! Overall the sound resulting was as if you were in a blackwhole, where there are no acoustic walls. The spatial sounding results were deeply moving when listened to via these headphones. Tom talked along with LB but he was not close enought to the wires for me to hear him.. Interestingly, an airplanes higher pitch overhead was audible in the 'phones as were flys buzzing across across and direct hits by other insects impacting these strands. return to >>voice & wind-mixed<< data poetry same as 2007

Vee balloons carried FM transmitters aloft while FM receivers below listened to the various sound layerings. This SAIC building was centrally located between Lake Michigan and the two mile long building facades lining Michigan Avenue. Orchestra Hall was diagonally across from The Art Institute main building's lion pair.

Basically the same group today at the SAIC launch site; Al Leder's approval stamp (r) & x marks the AC instructor

An interactive dance by Goodman Theatre students preceeded the launch of helium-filled balloons carrying an altered load: the pop painting had to be reduced considerably for it to lift away. Permission was given from O'Hare Airport officials during this late morning time. It was expected to head out over Lake Michigan, it did, and was later recovered in South Dakota.

Ed Heffernan waiting; south view fr/main roof

This extra credit project was based on an idea I passedaround during hallway talks with Audible Constructs students and we later found this weather balloon.

Have a listen says Ed (L)

Ed Heffernan (left) alerts the class that there's a storm blowing from Lake Michigan toward the buildings lining Michigan Avenue, richocheting above the SAIC roof and into the Hexagram configurations.

Part of this is the combination of wires that cross another portion of the same roof, and it is these collisions which are being monitored in Room 201 below. This storminess above hgasand the windslicers going out of control and setting up deafening spikes on the community headphones.

John O'Buck Leif Brush Matthew Kolasinski (wireless mic); reel-to-reel 4 track TEAC, console & amplifier; INPUT SOURCES: roof HEXAGRAM and WINDSLICERS, FM balloons aloft, Greedy Suckers, ARP synthisizer, FM two-way balloon sound-bounced relays

Audible Constructs Room 201 (see plaque top right) was dedicated by Colonel Robert R. McCormick- former publisher/owner of the Chicago Daily Tribune and a regular "broadcaster" on analog AM radio station WGN (worlds greatest newspaper)

Concept challenge: coverage orientation (how, why, record what & where- w/o any acoustical interference)

Referring to an upcoming Fullerston Hall performance, this is an excerpt (w/ full ones in progress as PDFs) from a 1971 Daily and weekly planning and recap sheet which was hectographically printed-in the school office- and handed out by LB for discussion purposes. My contact was Dora Goodrich, who occupied a main hall desk, was a warm, respectful and sincere friend of students and a knowledgeable resource to everyone who encountered her.

January 1972 photographs by Audible Constructs student Les Doyle

Atmospherically, our working day included the usual install challenges; we were lucky by having light, fluffy snow flakes with mild to gustiness winds, which were ideal for our Shadow sensors and their preamps. All outputs were (DC) battery powered from the SHURE Pro mixer which had the 600 Ohms we needed to match the analog telco lines between Michigan Bell-Paw Paw to Illinois Bell-Evanston. Due to the chill factor: beeswax- malleable by using a drop of 30w car oil- was used to join a sensor in a particular place on the wire after being warmed by grasping both elements between finger/thumb and held for a period of time before pressing each toward the other onto the wire.

Les's images were output from a thermal printer in these installation details of the snow monitors. LEFT- froma strand directly in front of Leif, the monitoring and mixing of the overall snow flake impacts were combined with oscillating wind vibrations being fed realtime via telco lines to Gloria's cassette -for recording- in Illinois. RIGHT- installing the 2nd of two wires criss-crossing the field; both were 22 gauge galvanized steel strands, were held held a foot off the ground and b oth were tightened with hefty turnbuckles at an approximate foot between them. Here's a sampling from Gloria's cassette recordings. You can literally listen to all the mechanical sound steps being transmitted over telephone wires between Paw Paw and Evanston Illinois. It's doubly significant because you are hearing the historical Strowger system which literally steps its way from circuit to succeeding circuit 'til it finally connects with the destination. Then, you'll hear the burst of the audio portion we have originated in realtime from our site in Michigan: snow flakes strike the wires and the wind bangs the metal strands together. Suddenly- we're abruptly cut off. Be advised that you may have to turn down the volume of this intercepted source.

Audible Constructs Fullerton Hall performance prompted the following being appended to the 'daily AC class log' by LB and was adressed to the entire student body at SAIC- details p1p2

Sonia Landy Sheridan

Sonia 2)


John Dunn Gallery


Sonia and Leif in Wilmette basement comparing in progress print results

Sonia also helped me with my silk screen titled 'what you wanto know came first'

As an older at large SAIC student, I shared Sonia's personal energy, quest for inovation, telepathy and technologies.

Sonia's Generative System's 3M Color-in-Color printer

self portrait collage using this machine and photograph by Gloria Brush

Poster for exhibition at Xavier College Gallery exhibit with Gloria

PAYTV was being talked about and I thought of ways to deliver alternative imaging which would offer a smorgasbord for dial turners



to a Sonia SAIC publication



Multi-colored laser sky drawing concepts were executed in this lithograph where the spelling of nasturtium on low cloud bottoms was to be combined and interspersed with repetitive bursts of laser beams.


Conceptual drawing: anticipating audio/imaging sonogram

The lower surface of the cloud base would be sequentially video scanned in red, blue and green modulated audio&video lasers (holovision). Ground based retro reflectors would collate, multiplex the composite, execute a microwave satellite uplinking and demux in realtime via video/audio synthesizer. return home


1967 weaving, painting, drawing & sculpture student

our faux 3D image: 1968 winter drive to Minnesota in Gloria's 1300 VW

on the Chicago River stransported the Greedy Suckers- who also made themselves available during Audible Constructs classes. The G S FM radio transmitters broadcast combined sound using an ARP synthesizer. When comined with band members, all improvisations could be tuned in to from radios carried along side the walkways adjacent to the sometimes dirtied Chicago River.

Titled Art is a congealed hard terd below 5k feet- this color lithographic Hexagram print -hovers above Chicago's Goldberg Towers, North of the loop and overlooks the floating Ivories on the river below. At this elevation, it was easy to hear the mixed FM-transmissions of the Greedy Suckers band from each of the Ivory floating bars.

Chicago river, 1971

Prior to and after I had submitted my proposal for a sound class to Dean Gilmore, I discussed my concepts with students and faculty in the halls to get their support and listened to their reactions to this audio-centered class. I also mentioned that I will write to the Proctor & Gamble Company in Cincinnati Ohio US expressing to them my desire to have their corporate consent in sponsoring any upcoming and related Audible Constructs class endeavors. I especially complemented P&Gs IVORY floating soap and their other non-polluting products like Ivory Flakes laundry detergents. (I can't remember details of my remarks, but they did relate to cleaning up streams, etc.) A newly installed Xerox black and white copier in the art office cost 5 cents per copy; however, since I sent my letter and attachments from a west side apartment and included a draft proposal of my class, I did not make copies on SAIC's machine. The above collage/drawing on a photograph resulted from having talked to friends in SAIC's halls . The Greedy Suckers band (featuring an Arp synthesizer) would have played into FM transmitters broadcasting to the shores lining the river. Performing from atop these giant ivories(pictured above) the players would have slowy drifted west to east on the Chicago River-paralleling a portion of upper Wacker Drive- in front of the Merchandise Mart, Goldberg Towers (photo left), Sun-Times. Wrigley, Chicago Tribune, London Guarantee buildings and beneath several north-sound bridge over passes. They of course would have been required to stop short of floating onto Lake Michigan. P&G's Helen P. Kuether responded

Eventually scheduled to arrive near the North Pole, a pneumatic hexagram hovers over the Chicago Loop recording layers of ambient sounds during early morning before rush hour. Mayor Richard J. Daley 1 complains to SAIC Dean Roger Gilmore: "...it was just too darn close to the Bertrand Goldberg Towers" (in upper "Loop" images and in Barbara Crane's Tower detail photograph below). IVORY soap pollution is minimal, eventually reaching Lake Michigan, & most other P&G products are not as "100%pure"

BARBARA CRANE "Chicago Loop" silver print, 1976


Questions remain. How to get money from George and how to pay for AT&Ts conference calls needed to coordinate this project, et cetera

w/this print, I'm pondering various issues; however, every person named at the bottom of this 1 of 2 prints gave $s to help with my lithographic global odyssey.



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