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Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Metaphors for Dead Pianos

An interactive sound sculpture
by Hugo Solis

January 29 - April 2, 2010

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 - 5

"The effect is both startling and magical — a bit like being shut in a dim room with two temperamental piano ghosts."
-Seattle Times

"Metaphors for Dead Pianos reincarnates the piano's opulent possibilities inside two ugly, gutted instruments."
-The Stranger


Click the play button above to listen to our interview with Hugo Solis. Click here to download the interview.

Metaphors for Dead Pianos (Metáforas para Pianos Muertos) is a set of interactive sonic sculptures built by dismembering acoustic pianos that previous owners have thrown away. The poetical goal is to revive the instruments using a contemporary sonic perspective. The pianos are extended with custom electronic circuits, custom software, microcontrollers, sensors, motors, and solenoids.

Using the sensors, a small computer registers and analyzes audience behaviors, generating the materials that the piano bodies reproduce with the solenoids and motors. The result is a modulation between audience interaction and the spectral analysis of the “Well Tempered Clavier” by J. S. Bach.

Metaphors for Dead Pianos III uses one grand piano and one suspended grand piano frame. The characteristic of this third version is the confrontation between two objects of different visual and acoustic properties.

 

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, PONCHO, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.

This work is also sponsored in part by the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington (DXARTS) and a grant of the program Jóvenes Creadores by the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes from Mexico.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery Events

Friday, January 29, 7pm
Gallery Opening
Hugo Solis: Metaphors for Dead Pianos

Friday, February 19, 7pm
Artist Talk
Hugo Solis: Metaphors for Dead Pianos

Recent exhibitions

So Long (October 16, 2009 - January 8, 2010) by Brent Watanabe
Felt (June 21 - August 21, 2009) by Gust Burns & Melanie Noel
Vriti (April 17 - May 29, 2009) by Joel S. Kollin


About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.





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