In May of 2020, I moved into a house on a small dead end block of what is forever to be spoken on the phone as “C-R-U-F-as-in-Frank-T Street”. In the two years that have followed, I have found myself wondering about what it means to commit to a place, and to find one’s own place within a community and wider world. The biggest lesson by far has been to let go of the DIY-or-die ethos that seemed to have creeped into every aspect of my artistic life, and to learn the humility and freedom that comes from the knowledge that everything one does in public life is due in some part to the work of the people around you. Allowing myself to become part of something bigger than just me in my day-to-day life has helped me to learn, for probably the 500th time, that the world does not revolve around me, and that frustration in the face of artistic or creative challenges often arises when I have lost a step in terms of being mindfully grateful for the fact that these problems are even remotely important in my life to begin with.
Study in Place is my attempt to reflect on and explore my place in the universe, and to place a pin marking this time and space as home. These lofty ideas are manifested through a series of musical instruments that I hope inspire people to listen closely, and to explore their worlds for sounds after their initial experience with the show. Blending my desire to help people explore sound for no reason more than the beauty of it, and my experience working at the Rhythm Discovery Center for the last seven years, Study in Place functions as an exhibit built free from the restraints of things like learning objectives, or educational standards, with loose themes of friction, water, and relationships to musical information. The show’s crown jewel, or at least the part of the tour that makes me look very professional is a short film documenting my work with the Glass Harp, filmed and produced by Bruce Woodward of Deathwave TV.
The pieces you will see and hear in the show are listed below with relevant images. More info, along with audio and video recordings of each piece will be up on the Builds page in the coming days.
Automatic Wine Glass
Music Box Library (Chromatic)
Music Box Library (Diatonic)
Glass Organ (After the Baschet Brothers)
Cruft St Kalimbas/Octopi