a project by Eric Farber, featuring Dylan Thurston
Watch our five-part original composition - The Question Concerning Technology
We are on hiatus through the winter – see you in 2014!
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Part found-object sonic sculpture, part new music performance, and part interactive conversation about human relationships with objects, Batterie-en-Valise is currently presenting a suite of five original compositions entitled, “The Question Concerning Technology.”
Five gutted-out vintage suitcases – each housing a quirky collection of curated found objects – transform into a cacophonous jungle gym of repurposed harmonic assemblages and other dangling curiosities.
Inspired by the composer’s own fraught relationship to technology, the music juxtaposes a long history of traditional rhythms with hyper-contemporary breakbeats and object-oriented “samples.”
The Xylotrunk: - a “marimba” built with 10 different species of wood – showcasing the beauty and melodic versatility of exotic hardwoods – cut to three variations in length: 9″,12″, & 24″. These are mounted on five independently moving assemblies which fold securely inside of a Reconstruction-era tin paneled trunk.
The Suitcase Drumset: - this mid-century fiberboard case with custom-welded support frame, kick pedal attachment, and a set of telescoping legs, forms the base for a network of dangling curiosities, including a brass beer tap and several sets of film reels.
The Red Oak Suitcase: - a collection of found pre-war industrial and domestic objects, nestled inside this gutted-out 70′s clamshell wood frame suitcase.
The Snakeskin Samplecase: - an assortment of copper-alloy bases from turn-of-the-century lamps and sconces are carefully mounted so they remain resonant, and are arranged to play cherubic melodies in a unique musical scale.