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Sustenuto Monochord by Jon dickinson - Brian Eno Speaker Flowers Sound Installation at Marlborough House | by Dominic's pics
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Sustenuto Monochord by Jon dickinson - Brian Eno Speaker Flowers Sound Installation at Marlborough House

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A Sustenuto Monochord built by the luthier Jon Dickinson. A wire basket with flint nodule pebbles is used as a variable weight to tune the instrument. Increasing the weight increases the tension of the vibrating string via a pulley, and thus raises the pitch of the note produced. The vibration of the string is detected by an electric guitar pickup coil and amplified and listened to using a small guitar amp. The vibration is sustained continuously by a black Fernandes Sustainer unit - which is placed near the pickup. This (somehow) feeds energy to the vibrating wire - presumably detecting and matching the vibration with electromagnetic forces. The sustainer unit requires some power, supplied by 9 volt PP battery.


See also the related "Brian Eno 77 Million Paintings" set, - an exhibition that ran concurrently at Fabrica Gallery during the festival.


This image is part of a set of photos of the Brian Eno Speaker Flowers Sound Installation at Marlborough House (and also of the house itself) on the Old Steine, Brighton, East sussex, UK. The exhibition was presented by Fabrica Art Gallery, as part of the Brighton Festival, May 2010. The installation includes the poems and words of Rick Holland.


The Grade I listed house was built circa 1765 , purchased at one time by the Duke of Marlborough, and substantially remodelled by the Scottish architect Robert Adam.


More links:


Brian Eno Shop

Arena TV series theme tune video by Brian Eno.

Microsoft Windows Start-Up Sounds collection video (Including Windows 95 music by Brian Eno).


Marlborough House (My Brighton and Hove)

The Architecture of Robert Adam (1728-1792) from RCAHMS (the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland)

Humberts Leisure Brochure on property [.pdf download]


Some of the photos in this set are presented in multiple versions made possible using HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography - these variations are displayed with more than one exposure, gamma, "local adaptation" compression or "unsharp mask" process.


Many rooms had their windows screened using coloured Crêpe paper / tissue paper. This gave their illumination a colour cast - which has been exaggerated (or neutralised) on an image by image basis. The actual experience of the coloured light was one of only a slight and soft hue.


In some instances the photos have modified to give an architectural, classical, "two-point" perspective - with forced, parallel verticals.

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Taken on May 18, 2010