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Terrafon

Musicians have been making music out of weird and wonderful instruments forever and we have seen many of them: vegetable orchestras, bicycle parts, ice and recycled drains and bed springs. And now another addition to this esoteric form of music: the Terrafon. (Pics and vdeo)

 

It’s a huge wooden gramophone-like instrument which is dragged across the Swedish countryside by a dedicated and strong group of choristers. It amplifies the sound of the earth that it is ploughing. Hmmmm…

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So what is the sound of the music? Well, it sounds like rattles and scratching, and squeeky wheels, with a bit of roaring going on intermittently. Modern. The piece is being performed by a local choir but the idea is to record new performances, with new ensembles and different local cropland, so the sounds can differ according to the locale.

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The creator is Olle Corneer, a DJ/producer and electronic artist. He is working with a PhD in theoretical physics, specialising in superstring theory. With that duo, it turns out that there are some electronics involved–how could they resist. Namely a loudspeaker and amplifier in the cone, with the signal running through a computer. 

Harvest by Alunda Kyrkokör (2009) from Olle Corneer on Vimeo.

As for the origin of the word terrafon, they seem to have invented it.

Via Treehugger

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