4 Prepared Turntables Under Swaying Sympathetic Suspension
This is a rough, unedited recording of a developing experiment involving multiple prepared turntables that interact with each other.
I rigged up a long pole above my work bench to address the practical issue of making it easier to change suspended objects hanging over turntables without having to climb up on a ladder to attach them from the ceiling. The pole is suspended in three places by fishing wire, and the idea was that objects could then be suspended from the pole, in easy reach. What I found in trying this out was that the pole itself swayed in all four directions as each suspended object struck a prepared turntable below it. This inadvertently addressed a concept I have been working on for the past few months, where several prepared turntables interact physically with each other, rather than existing solely in their own closed systems.
I then gradually set up more turntables on the workbench, each with their own preparations, both on the platter and suspended above, until the four (pictured) turntables were in place. This recording is the audio of the four units. Towards the end, I gradually removed some of the more sonically-strident objects to give space to other more subtle rhythms and textures.
Below is a short video demonstrating the set-up visually: