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Clocks and Clouds


Clocks and Clouds

  • Date: Thursday, 3 May 2012, 6.30pm
  • Venue: Bon Marche Studio — University of Technology Sydney, 755 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the Diffuse Season 2 series
  • Tickets: By donation

Event Details

Pump-organ and custom-tuned metallic percussion instruments hand built by Kraig Grady for his original compositions. These unique instruments – with their pure harmonic tuning – explore the beauty of room resonances via ancient sacred scales and multi-dimensional geometries.

Performing excerpts from 97 Fossilized Blossoms
for Meta-slendro Vibraphone l & ll, Meta-slendro Harmonium and The Meru Bars

Meta Slendro refers to the tuning shared on all the instruments. Slendro is a common tuning family found in java and on other Indonesian islands under similar names. This tuning invented by Erv Wilson is tuned to a pattern of harmonics up to 200 but can be extended further.

The patterns of harmonics resembles the Fibonacci series that when played, results in in the reinforcement of tones and beats in the scales that interact with the environment producing standing waves and phantom like resonances that can shift around the room.

Kraig Grady, an Anaphorian now living in Australia, composes almost exclusively for acoustic instruments of his own making or modification tuned to just intonation. Often his work is combined with his Shadow Theatre productions.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

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