BEETHOVEN'S EAR

sound installation: 2 trumpets / 2 trombones / 4 mylar 5” speakers / 4 channel / 6’00” loop

Klang Farbe Ludwig, Alles Beethoven! Festival, NICOLAISAAL, Potsdam, Germany, 13 - 16.02.2014

Collaboration with Martyna Poznanska

Manipulated excerpts from Beethoven’s ninth symphony were played back via speakers attached to suspended trumpets and trombones. Referencing the ‘Ear Trumpets’ Beethoven experimented with in attempts to augment his diminished hearing, we inverted the function of these instruments.

Equally interested in investigating perceptual aspects of listening and the ‘listening’ of instruments themselves, we allowed for the instruments to ‘speak’ with their own bodies. Music emitted via the small mounted speakers was so quiet as to encourage an active listening, but put your ear to the mouth piece and a whole universe of sound is revealed.

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