Cubic Harp

Which side to play today…

The conceptional idea of the Cubic Harp (“Pendulum Musicae“) sums up a few special characteristics, which can be seen on these pictures of the realization. The whole work was a collaboration with Kurt Zawiedek.

It is an object or instrument, that isn’t limited to only one person. The only instruments rarely used by two musicians at the same time, are piano or double-bass. As the Cubic Harp has three side to play (but six geometrical sides), each with 14 Strings (total of 42), three players can use it parallel. Through the open metal framework, one can see the hands of the others, which is provoking interaction and response to each other.

Presentation of the Harp 25.11.2007The Cubic Harp is set up, to use for the audience, while the art project broken windows is on stage. People from the audience can stand up and start playing, but they don’t have to have to fear to expose themselves alone. So it is more easy to get the audience beyond standard concert interaction and allow equally participation.

Each musical side is equipt with two, self wound magnetic pick ups (“Sonic Cohiba” – 14cm long). So each side produces its own sound channel. We call that “triphonisch”. The optimal setting needs three amplifiers, one for each musical sides of the harp. The amplifiers are set up left and right and opposite of the stage. Along with four amplifiers on stage in use by broken windows, a total seven sound sources are distributed in the event space, generating a individual reception, depending on ones relative position to the sources (“Raumklang”).

The harp is a pendulum. It was planned for a chapel with a high ceiling, were it will be attached with a 5m steel cable. By this, it can move by itself, and if the players don’t hold it, they have to follow its movements. To be be more flexible in places without sufficient heights or fixing possibilities, I built a detachable metal-”gallows”.