The Long String Instrument

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The Long String Instrument

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Fullman recorded this in 1985 with an instrument that she developed which consists of metal strings, up to seventy feet long, attached to a wooden resonator and a water basin that allows drops of water to hit an amplified drum, controlled with a foot pedal.  The strings, played with hands covered in rosin create planes of sound that soar over the water drop rhythms that unfold like a gear releasing tension over time.  I don't have enough technical knowledge of music to say much about just intonation, but Fullman uses that tuning here, just as Tony Conrad, Arnold Dreyblatt and certain Indian classical styles do.  I think it lends this kind of music the dark, psych-rock quality that makes it sound so heavy.
--Zak Prekop

Ellen Fullman
Label: Superior Viaduct
Format: Vinyl, LP
2015 (1985 reissue)

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