Oscars electronic studio
In January 2008 I spend some time in the gallery space of the Oscar Wiggli foundation, where many of his sculptures are exposed.
Already during a previous visit in 2006, I had recorded some sounds on an instrument, Oscar calls the “monochord”. It has actually 13 double strings. This time, Oscar brought even a second model with 13 single strings. Placing all kinds of objects onto the strings and playing them, created a rich repertory of sound possibilities. I spent almost 2 days playing and recording them.
Later on I was even placing one monochord on the strings of the other and creating thus a coupled resonating body. From there one, the installations became more and more “crazy” and the resulting sounds more and more complex.
recording the monochords
The composition uses exclusively the sounds I recorded in January 2008. There are almost no sound treatments, except for some transpositions. Everything else is only layering of played sequences on the monochords.
While working on the piece I was inspired by his sculptures and imagined, how these sounds would “talk” to his fluent, organic, proud and solid forms.
For more information on Oscar Wiggli’s work : http://www.iroise.ch/fondation-wiggli/