lead crystal glass ware on beech wood branch
Lead Crystal glass ware inside cabinet
|Paul Gittins Old Library Studios, Hagley Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1QH||
Oak Apple Orchestra
A collection of instruments and objects played by clock motors. Oak apples, attached to the second hand of the clock, hit the strings at two second intervals, they strike and fall back. Each instrument has several clock motors which are positioned to select the desired notes, this selection then repeats to create an endless rhythm. The structure of intervals between the notes is essentially random, the moment when each battery is connected determines its position in the two second sequence, this structure provides the temporal framework for the recurring motif. Over a period of time subtle changes occur in the sound of the rhythm, as variations of temperature and humidity affect the tension of strings.
More recent work uses switches to change the sequence of the notes being played, an Ardiuno circuit can be used to change the compostion via an app on a mobile phone.
Microphones and pick ups can be used to further amplify the music.
The resulting music has a a mesmerising qualitity, minimal compositions that reveal harmonics and intriguing rhythm. When the instruments are spaced apart the listener will hear different aspects of the composition as they change their their position.
The clock motors are powered by 1.5volt batteries and will play for at least 12 months.
The latest works use lead crystal glass ware designed for outdoor use.
Twelve tin cans coated in copper
Set in an iron coated frame
illuminated by light passing
through thin Bakelite sheet
Steel Drum from St Lucia
Painted with egg tempera
and gold paint
Set in an iron coated case