Tracey Cockrell's Poemophone: Transposition

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Tracey Cockrell's Poemophone: Transposition

Transposition is a performance of various scores, poems, and mnemonics on these experimental musical instruments.

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11 Jane St 11 Jane Street Saugerties, NY 12477

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During a Senior Woodworking Residency at Oregon College of Art & Craft, I completed a series of experimental musical instruments based on the mbira, a traditional lamellophone from Zimbabwe. By repurposing vintage typewriters, I have created Poemophone, a series of sound sculptures that explore the poetics of making meaning, playing with compositional strategies at the intersection of linguistics, literature, experimental music, & sculpture.

Transposition is a performance of various scores, poems, and mnemonics on these experimental musical instruments.

Each of my instruments has a unique tuning system. I have formulated each Poemophone´s tuning system for specific collaborators-musicians, writers, and visual artists-so that each sculpture has an individual voice. Each voice is derived from `Outlaw´ tuning systems, meaning that intervals between tones are irregular. Applied to a typewriter keyboard, each letter of the alphabet has a musical tone. Any combination of letters played on the instrument generates an audible musical phrase rather than written transcription. Text played on a Poemophone results in an act of translation, an interpretation. Because each instrument in the series has its own unique tuning system a text composed on one will sound differently when played on another.

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Tracey Cockrell's Poemophone: Transposition image
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