Joining in the year-end spirit here’s a list (in arbitrary order) of some music-related items that were favorites of 2013. Some of this material was released this year; much of it was old-and-newly-discovered or old-and-thankfully-rediscovered.
Ana Maria Kiefer – Teatro Do Descobrimento
Tinariwen – Imidiwan
Various Artists – Goodbye, Babylon
Rebe and Rabe – Rebe and Rabe Gospel
Dawn of Midi – Dysnomia
Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears
Kristin Norderval – Aural Histories
Laurel Halo – Quarantine
Meridian – Hoquet
Nathan Bowles – A Bottle, A Buckeye
Rob Stenson – Gold Mountain EP
Sibylle Baier – Colour Green
Ron Pate’s Debonairs featuring Rev. Fred Lane – Raudelunas ‘Pataphysical Revue
Suicide – Suicide
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock
Woody Guthrie – Woody at 100
Julia Holter – Ekstasis and Loud City Song
Butch Morris – When the Sun is Out You Don’t See the Stars
This time last week I had the pleasure of working with choreographer Jill Sigman/thinkdance and videographer Peter Shapiro who were artists-in-residence at EMPAC. I recorded some sounds of the objects and materials Jill was working with and then improvised with the samples, my fretless banjo, and vocalist/composer Kristin Norderval (remotely via Skype). Peter has posted some raw footage from our sessions.
I recently had the opportunity to help Kristin Norderval build a hemispherical speaker for use in the jill sigman/thinkdance production, Our Lady of Detritus, engagingly described as “a portable, interdisciplinary performance installation about trash and transcendence; a traveling grassroots campaign fueled by experimentation, green energy sources and community interaction.” The show is presented every weekend through mid-October at various locations around New York City. See here for details.
We used an Ikea salad bowl for the enclosure just like the SLOrk speakers.
We pulled 3 Dayton T-amps from their enclosures and mounted them on the inside of the bottom plate of the speaker cabinet.
We used 6 4″ Inifinity 4022i drivers.
Volume Pots and Connectors
The Dayton amps had combination volume and power pots, so we decided to keep them rather than source and wire up a 6-position potentiometer. A little Dremel routing magic made mounting the volume pots easier than I expected. A coaxial power jack and 6-pin Neutrik XLR jack and plug rounded out the connectors.
salad bowl – top view
salad bowl – bottom view
salad bowl – detail showing Ikea part number
salad bowl and template for marking the position of the 5 “equatorial” speakers
cutting holes for speakers
We used masking tape to prevent the jigsaw from scratching the bowl
Kristin demonstrating the dispersion pattern of the enclosure
A naked Dayton T-amp with the speaker connections on top and the volume pot on the left
A Dayton T-amp before disassembly
finished hemi – with audio and power connectors on the left
finished hemi – with 3 volume pots on the left
finished hemi – top view
The speaker sounds good–punchy and more powerful than I expected, particularly considering the 4″ drivers. I’ll be building one for myself soon.