wagga space program

View from Pindari

Monday November 13th 2006, 2:56 pm
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Monday November 13th

Partners in chime

Here’s a video of Jo and I improvising on the wires during the broadcast.

Thanks for the response and thanks especially to Alan Lamb and the Wagga Space Program for giving us the opportunity. We had lots of fun and learned heaps : )

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Wednesday November 08th 2006, 5:19 pm
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Wednesday November 08th

Alan Lamb at the wires


String on a wire

Jo and I have been taking shifts with Alan. Not because he’s too hard going or anything, just because our son Oscar wants to be involved in everything. I can’t blame him, it’s been fun for all of us.

Yesterday I listened to this strange sliding sound that Alan identified as a spider. Last night the wires were singing every time I got up from writing an essay. They started with a drone, built up to whine before the harmonics really began to sparkle.

Today Alan showed me how running a bow across a string attached to the wires provides a rich chordal effect. He’d attached the string to the side of the wires without the piezo crystals that are used to record the sound. I was surprised at how loud the bowing sounded through the polystyrene box across the bridge yet how subtle the response through the headphones. He explained the sound would be louder if the string was connected to the wire with the pick-up.

It’s quite a joy hanging out with Alan. He knows aeolian harps and is happy to share his knowledge. Every time I have an idea about something to experiment with he’s tried it already but, being the understated bloke he is, it never seems like he’s discouraging my enthusiasm.

I’m awed by how thorough Alan is in refining his techniques, he’s got a scientific approach. It is something I’ll have to try to practice.


PS – Here’s a plug for my first CD under the name of Bassling. Click for the album

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Email to Alan

Saturday October 21st 2006, 2:59 pm
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Saturday October 21st


Welcome to the blog. Not much to report so far, Jo and I have talked over ideas and here’s an email I sent to Alan:

G’day Alan,

I’ve enjoyed the wires you and Scott set up and made a few recordings. I have been meaning to try using samples as a kind of instrument. There’s this recording I did the night before winds of up to 124km/h swept into town. I’ve timeshifted it so one hour is played in one minute at the original pitch and mastered it a bit too: Wired at Midnight

Anyway, I’m procrastinating on some homework so I thought I’d email you about Unsound this year.

Jo and I have talked over a few ideas, the first is setting up another harp. Have you had any experience with setting up two or more harps within proximity to each other? I thought it’d be interesting to mulitply the effect and see how they work and if there are chords.

This idea evolved from one I had last time you were here about what the effect of playing the harp back on itself would be?

I was also thinking about the possibility of there not being much wind on the day and what alternatives there are to incorporating the wires into something else, like if we used it as an effect like a plate reverb. I like the way it reflects the environment of Pindari and you get the birds and trucks adding their own vibrations.

They’re the thoughts I’ve had so far. Jo suggested we should give you a call next week, is there a time that would suit you?

Trust you’re well,



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The Wire

Sunday September 24th 2006, 7:31 am
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Sunday September 24th

Alan Lamb’s wire was installed during the mutable landscapes residencies preceding unsound04, assisted by Scott Baker.

The host property is Pindari, home of Jan and Keith, their daughter Jo and Jo’s partner Jason and their son Oscar Cannonball.

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