Quartet Sound Distiller (Instrument #6): found wooden form, glass, rubber tubing, acrylic balls, electronic hardware, glass jars, plumbing parts, found speaker, misc. hardware, paint.
13” x 19” x 19”
From Global Institute of Ambiguous Instruments database:
Designed to examine the harmonic quality of the essential make up of Earth and its inhabitants. The ongoing collection and analysis of samples from a vast array of sources, (rock, dirt, dust, water, ice, moss, lichen, algae, coral, gases, human and animal hair, skin and organs, plastics, metals, glass… etc.) is being compiled in an extensive resource library. Each sample is processed to identify its essential tonal quality. The Quartet Sound Distiller acts as a four-channel player of those tones. Every grouping of samples, like any group of musical instruments, blend to form a quartet of sound which ranges between harmonic and dissonant. Researchers hope to use this instrument in an expanded form (with up to several hundred channels) to identify and balance beneficial and harmful relationships between Earthly elements.
First conceptualized in the mid 1960’s in southern California by researchers loosely associated with UCLA, it has been developed since then in an informal and somewhat open-source fashion.
Inventory #: 65-12qsd