Long String Instrument Technical Requirements

Minimum length 16 meters (53 ft). No Maximum length (longer string length allows for a lower frequency range). Download preliminary tech info: metric or imperial. Specific construction plans will be drawn up by the artist after receiving floorplan and photos.
• The type of installation rigging used is based on the circumstances of the room. Framing can be installed by:
• bolting directly into walls
• securing with nylon tie-down belts or cable around columns
• bolting into floors, or
• constructing as a self-supporting weighted structure

• Artist travels with the resonator boxes and tuning blocks as standard checked luggage, Wood framing is constructed on site
• The super fine and fragile wires are each tensioned to about 18 kilo (40 lbs), very much lower than a guitar, for example. Total load is about 725 kilo (1600 lbs) – if a wire breaks it simply falls to the floor.
• One or two technicians help with the construction of supporting framework and set-up
• Extended access to space for artists – 2-3 long days fine-tuning and rehearsing
• Sound reinforcement system and two high quality condenser mics

Ideal Installation Sequence

Before Artist's Arrival Hardware materials purchased and framing constructed
Day 1 Move-in of support structure and attachment into walls or floors while lighting instruments are installed and roughly focused. Resonators installed, string unrolled, tuning blocks attached to framing and strings tensioned and tuned.
Day 2 Rehearsals, sound check and lighting focused
Day 3 Performance can be scheduled – longer residency is preferred
• Strike: In an hour and a half – all touring components are packed into luggage

   

wall-mounted resonators

Southern Exposure
San Francisco

resonator stand anchored into concrete floor with wedge-anchors (accomodated for pre-existing concrete pad)

Berkeley Art Museum

resonator stand anchored into concrete floor with wedge-anchors (accomodated for pre-existing concrete pad)

Berkeley Art Museum

tuning block stand anchored into floor with concrete wedge-anchors

Berkeley Art Museum

tuning block stand anchored into side wall with diagonal cable support

Southern Exposure
San Francisco

resonator stand secured with nylon tie-down belt wrapped around column

Oslo, Norway

close up: resonator stand secured with nylon tie-down belt wrapped around column

Oslo, Norway

tuning block stand secured with nylon tie-down belt wrapped around column

Oslo, Norway

completed nylon tie-down belt installation with lighting

Oslo, Norway

nylon tie-down belt installation with lighting, performing with Lene Grenager

Oslo, Norway

resonator stand and tuning block stand for box bow to be secured with nylon tie-down belt and cantilevered off column with diagonal cabling

Seaholm Power Plant
Austin, Texas

free-standing installation, weighted tuning block stand

Tromsø, Norway