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Sonic Arboretum: Sculpture by Ian Schneller / Sound by Andrew Bird
Sculptor/instrument-maker Ian Schneller and composer/violinist Andrew Bird share a fascination with sound and its interaction with the natural world.
Since 2010, the duo has collaboratively produced Sonic Arboretum, an installation of over 30 colorful horn speakers made from recycled newsprint, dryer lint, baking soda, and shellac and powered by custom-made tube amplifiers. Through the speakers, Bird plays an original, 50-minute composition,Echolocations: Canyon, which he recorded by whistling and playing his violin in a canyon to experiment with the site’s reverberations.