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Metal Mirror

2014

A meditative actuated instrument that exploits the resonant properties of a large sheet of metal.

Position information for the magnetic blue blocks is derived from video analysis. The performer has precise control of amplitude and a pre-determined set of pitches, including subtle tuning adjustments. Sine tones are amplified into the metal plate via a surface-mounted transducer and then reamplified with a contact mic. The implementation of a contact mic also encourages the use of incidental sounds (e.g. tapping, scraping, bowing) in the performance.

Special thanks to:
David Brusstar for designing and building the wooden frame
Chris Sies and Shane Jones for being proponents of the Metal Mirror and performing wonderful improvisations in multiple concerts