The Trans-Harmonium: A Listening Station
The Trans-Harmonium is a deconstructed antique piano re-wired to play a collection of radios tuned to twelve frequencies, one frequency for each key chromatically. C is reserved for classical when possible, while A, B, D, E, F, G are tuned chronologically based on local stations. The sharps/flats are tuned in between stations, picking up static and overlapping dialog.
This machine was built to travel. By documenting this work in various locations, I hope to capture an archive of audible portraits of various cities. Once the work is well traveled/documented I plan to find an institution or organization that is willing to keep the project alive. Ideally the institution would continue to loan and document the work once it leaves my hands, expanding the archive.
The Trans-Harmonium is part of Collecting Fragments of Time, a series of recordings involving instruments that pull live radio frequencies from the air. These recordings are in the process of being compiled to create an archive of fragmented time.