For this project, I wanted to use two items (drum cymbals and a record player)
that are typically used to create music, to instead create sound.
Viewers will have an opportunity to choose a cymbal from the collection,
place it onto the record player, and give it a spin!
Each cymbal will have a different sound, dependent on the weight of the metal, the depth and spacing of the grooves, and any other
natural bumps or grooves the cymbal possesses.
It was my hope and intention that, through listening and experiencing
my sound installation that viewers will be inspired to view music as sound, and sound as music.
For this project, I was inspired by a pile of drum cymbals that
were no longer being used. While staring at the pile, I realized
that they looked like records, and wondered what they would sound like if they were played as such.
While touring the installation space, I was also inspired by the natural environment of the furniture consignment store and
felt that this installation would fit in nicely with the space provided.
This sound installation is simple, incorporating items
that potential viewers are already familiar with.
The collection of the cymbals and the turn table are all that this installation requires, aside from a working power source.
The most difficult part of this installation is being able to facillitate easy listening, as the space will be shared with many other projects.
This project was overall successful, and leaves a lot of
opportunity for growing in the future. The greatest challenges were
creating a needle that was durable enough to play on the cymbals, and
making considerations for easy listening.
This project was a lot of fun to work on, and would be fun to grow.
This installation could be done again in the future, perhaps with multiple
turntables going at the same time. I would also be interested in finding a larger
turntable, to find out what other, larger cymbals would sound like while being played.