Coppertone - 2021

Part of the work produced during the Glenfiddich Residency.

Commissioned by the BMO Corporate Art Collection

Materials: copper float ball, miscellaneous wood and hardware, miscellaneous audio electronics and parts, field recordings from the Glenfiddich Distillery, 16 ON switches, LEDs, batteries

Dimensions: 8 inches in diameter

Circuit design: Rob Cruikshank

Excerpts composed using field recordings made while at the Glenfiddich Residency

Swan Song consists of two stills from the Balvenie Distillery that were retired on June 28, 2019 after serving for 12 years. The swan neck portions of the stills were then cut and, because their shape resembles the horn of a gramophone, Swan Song uses them as resonators for sound. Recordings made throughout the distillery are played through each swan neck: Robbie Dhu Spring cairn where the water first enters the Glenfiddich property, the cooperage floor where casks are being repaired, the vats where barley goes through the various stages of germination, the bottling floor, a choir made up of staff working at William Grant & Sons (which houses Balvenie and Glenfiddich distilleries). Each member of the choir volunteered to contribute two short voice recordings - one the highest pitched sound they could produce, and one the lowest - each sound held for as long as possible. The recordings are triggered by devices that mash them up. They are treated kinetically. They are distilled acoustically. They are mangled mechanically.

Exhibition History:
2020 Christie Contemporary (Toronto, Canada), 2019 Glenfiddich Residency Art Gallery (Dufftown, Scotland)