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Sound and Vision

Sound and VisionSeptember 1 through October 15, 2017

Curated by musician, composer, and educator Christopher Auerbach-Brown, Sound and Vision displays a variety of instruments built or owned by local, regional, and national instrument builders and tinkerers.

Ranging from a hand-painted cello to hand built modular synthesizers and unusual items such as the Marxolin Aqua Lin, the instruments on display in Sound and Vision challenge the notion of what musical instruments are in the first place. Exhibition contributors include musicians Brad Bolton, Bbob Drake, Mike Hovancsek, Walt Mahovlich, David Russell Stempowski, Karl Vorndran, instrument maker Anne Cole, and illustrator Suzie McGinness.

“For hundreds of years, musical instruments have been designed to please both the eye and the ear,” notes Auerbach-Brown.  “Instruments such as violins and celli, woodwind and brass instruments, and keyboard instruments like the piano and pipe organ, have been created for both immaculate sound production and overall visual appeal. The achievements of famous instrument builders like Stradivarius and Amati come to mind, and in more recent times Leo Fender, Robert Moog and Don Buchla can be considered pioneers in this field.

“The twentieth century saw an expansion of the definition of the term “musical instrument” to include more radical and experimental designs incorporating new, unusual and even dangerous components. Inventions such as the telharmonium, fire organ, and synthesizer; innovations in audio recording technology; and the embracing of the concept that music can be created with any object at hand have greatly expanded concepts of what defines music, how music is performed, and how it is preserved for posterity.”

The community is invited to join us for an opening reception on Friday, September 1, 6-9 p.m.


Ekphrastacy: Artists Talk + Poets Respond about works in Sound and Vision on Thursday, September 28, 7 p.m.

Trepanning Trio performs a free community concert on Saturday, October 14, 7 p.m.


Image and sound link: Vorndran modular synthesizer

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