the trans-harmonium: a listening station



A piano wired to play a collection of radios -- radios tuned to twelve stations, one station for each key chromatically. The white keys are tuned to clear stations. C is reserved for classical radio when possible, while tuning for the other keys play sets of stations based on what stations exist in the area. The black keys are tuned between stations at random, picking up static and overlapping dialog.
Project Construction: October 2011 -- December 2012






CROSSING THE BIFRÖST, American University Museum, Washington DC --  Image taken in April of 2013

MAY I HAVE THE PIANO DELIVERED TO YOU?, AIR Studio, A R T I S P H E R E, Rosslyn, Virginia -- Image taken in August of 2013

LEARNING TO PLAY, Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri -- Image taken in January of 2014

FOCUS FORWARD, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hall of Nations, Washington DC  -- Image taken in August of 2015

Visitors playing the Trans-Harmonium at the Kennedy Center - Photo:  Yassine El Mansouri

Visitors playing the Trans-Harmonium at the Kennedy Center - Photo:  Yassine El Mansouri