Twisted Pairs

Dan Senn

Alexander Gallery

Community College
Oregon City
Feb 2-March 27, 2009
M-F. 9a-5p
Lecture, Feb 12, 2p
Reception, Feb 26, 5:30-7:30p

See exhibition video
See exhibition photos Map to gallery (in Niemeyer Center) Campus press Main Site
Detail from  one of Dan Senn's expanding sound sculptures (see exhibition photos).

"Twisted Pairs, Expanding" is a kinetic sound sculpture installation consisting of eight 12-foot lengths of corrugated, black plastic drainage tubes suspended and twisted throughout the exhibition space. At the lower end of each tube, is a special sound pump, invented by the artist, inserted into the base, which uses sub-audio frequencies, 0-19 cycles per second, to expand white plastic bags attached to the opposite end. Over the course of an hour, the illuminated bags will expand and contract in a sonic milieu of micro-tonal drones and human breathing, all of which is controlled by an ever-changing, algorithmic composition.

The score for "Twisted Pairs..." is a through-composed, algorithmically re-arranged composition comprised of subaudible and audible frequencies stored on a digital divice. The piece cycles every 57 minutes and is best appreciated over an extended period of time.