Sonic Vignettes Showcase Exhibition Elgin Arts Center

SONIC VIGNETTES is a new sculpture and sound installation by Ian Schneller. The sound of Sonic Vignettes is music composed by Andrew Bird for the Sonic Arboretum.

The installation showcases Schnellers’s Aeroesl sculptures in tandem with his sculptural Specimen Audio components:  Janus and XL Janus spinning horn speakers, a variety of Specimen Horn speakers modeled on the Liederhorn speaker, his Octoblock tube amplifier among several Specimen stereo hi-fi tube amplifiers, and introduces his Nano-Sync Apparatus. These together drive the sound and present a unified, multicolor visual statement. The Aerosel sculptures are free moving spiral forms suspended from the ceiling throughout the space. Their gentle rotations, guided by their design in response to the aero-dynamisms in the space also give visual echo to the spinning Janus horn speakers.

This show introduces Schneller’s latest creation: the Nano-Sync apparatus, which is both a sculpture and the colorful trigger of the artful 20 channel digital sound system created for this installation by Schneller.  It is designed to activate ten Apple iPod Nanos simultaneously and thus synchronize the devices to play each of their two (stereo) channels of recorded sound in unison. In this case the sound is a musical score distributed over 20 channels for spatial effect. The Apple playback devices seated in the Nano Sync feed the recording to Specimen tube amplifiers which drive Specimen horn speakers arrayed to produce a site specific spatial experience mediated by sound and sculpture.

In a finely tuned choreography that adds the inclusion of the human element as a kick off to the installation, Ian Schneller and his team demonstrate the Nano-Sync operation as sound trigger at the opening reception.


Elgin Arts Center
September 24, 2013
5:00 – 7:30 pm


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