trees as co-authors of audible constructions
glass pane sensor
A & B: importing was accomplished
using taped and realtime Shure 635 microphones and Shadow sensors.
Both amplified local and distant ambience from adjacent contexts
using these inputs. Outputs could be directed to either (A) or
(B). Additionally, UTC/GMT syncs allowed for the playing back
at different dates/times. To accomplish these sound-in-sound transfers
a four track Sony cassette and a TEAC reel-to-reel recorder were
used to convey all soundings of a woods edge and aspects of an
adjacent meadow. Realtime tests using the four mic amplifications
required on-the-fly monitoring to lessen any g back through one
or both layers.
listening site: birch roots during
w/solid glass rods sensed by an accelerometer
coupled to a femto-amphere amplifier loaned by Don Olson UMD (physics)
truth refers to information that is collected "on location".
In remote sensing, this is especially important in order to relate
image data to real features and materials on the ground."
focusing on Sensor
initially, the concentricly
placed sensors in my drawing were to be 1-heat, 2- strain, 4-
vibrations, with the four shown here. In 3- I was questioning
whether there should be a pH reading element added?, and *5-called
for outputing from a triaxial accelerometer, with the analog results
having been muxed and demuxed for sonic/sonographic soundings
slab was cut from a Birch tree that was felled due to birch
This was my entry
in a Chicago gallery for the 1978 show titled "Mayor Daley's
Tomb." It was curated by Jerry
Saltz- current writer for NYMagazine. Earlier, at the time
I was a visiting Artist at the University of Colorado-Boulder,
it was possible for me to the visit The
Tree-Ring Research Lab , University of Arizona, Tucson, US.
I met and talked briefly with a grad student. Conceptually, I
put forth my idea as to how I would like to track a trees growth
rings using a modulated laser. And immediatelty l mentioned the
pickup cartridge analogy of playing back a vinyl long-playing
record; quickly adding that if it were possible, I'd appreciate
hearing a cassette recording of such and gave my Iowa address.
Our session was abrubtly ended and the student moved on to a scheduled
seminar. No such recording or any followup occurred and the embedded
cassettte-above- was to have had modulated laser tree ring recordings.
The cassette does have actual recordings from two of R.J.Daley's
speeches; an excerpt from his welcome to delegates of the Republican
convention in Chicago's Union
Stock Yards...": we welcome you to this great city in
1860...", and from a 1956 recording I made from WMAQ AM radio
in Chicago while still in the Army (Ft. Belvoir Virginia): "...I
will bring cilture to Chicago.." Notwithstanding the 1960s
riots, and in fairness to the mayor, a Picasso
scupture was erected within Daley Plaza in 1967. I was an
undergraduate in the Art Institute's Schools and stood atop metal
waste bin to see the work and to hear Seiji
Ozawa conducting "An American in Paris."
analog Metrologic laser relayed perturbances to the passed around
laser beams caused by insects, earth rumbles, rain and birds-
while simultaneously being received by a Metrologic radiometer
and throughputing monophonic analog output soundings.
filled aluminum mylar balloons, LAYERS ALOFT (Updated Vee
projects of 1970-72)
balloon monitored an area of approximately 2 square of space
FM radio "channels" were needed to make ascent and descent
recordings and for playing back
any balloon lift off, cool still nights are the best for this
Modes: recording - to FMradio/listener&recorder
single balloon carried a Velcroed soft solar array, 1 Watt styrofoam
speaker, noise cancelling stereo mike, 2 Watt amplifier chip,
and FM transmitter/receiver inputs and outputs were a part of
the kite-nylon guying cable system. The outer covering required
a soft edge to effectively minimize mechanical vibrations from
being picked up via the mike line.
playback - per-balloon
syncronism was not possible during rise or descent; however, I
imagine a time shifting occuring upwind, and the technology for
compensating-synchronizing was not available.
Proposal for PS1, NY, 1978
words: Dennis Oppenheim later told me when we met at his show
in Minneapolis that he thought such a project could not be feasable
to data poetry
LEAST THREE DIFFERENT CLIMATIC ENVIRONMENTS**tree ring
pdf in progress: May 20th
At this point, Professor Brush
prefers to activate his soundworks directly in nature.
analog tape of Leif Brush's Terrain
Instruments and Tom Wegren's piano MP4
Terraplane Chorography 3