An intimate performance demonstration of Eric Leonardson’s Springboard, a self-built instrument made from coil springs, wood, and other everyday objects, amplified by a single piezo-electric contact microphone. Its diverse and unusual sounds belie its humble origins. Leonardson built the Springboard in 1994 and has since performed with many artists locally, nationally, and internationally.
Joshua Baum shot and edited this video at Amherst College in 2013.
On Saturday, March 30 I was among the artists performing and presenting installations for Soundfest at Amherst College. Katharine Duke’s review was published on Wednesday, April 3rd, with photos by Cole Morgan and Rob Mattson, including an audio excerpt of my piece, “Similaria” here: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/campusbuzz/node/462685
Artists participating in Soundfest included faculty and alumni of Amherst College, local artists, and Copeland Fellows like myself, a part of the 2012–13 Copeland Colloquium: “Art in Place / the Place of Art.”
Published on March 26, 2013
Tortua is a robotic video artwork that was on display in the Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College, on March 4–27, 2013. The installation incorporates a digitally animated sequence by Rebekah Tolley, a robotic sculpture by Micheal Tolley and audio by Eric Leonardson.
I am creating a new electroacoustic composition to be performed solo in Soundfest, a showcase of indoor and outdoor sound installation work and performances. It happens all around the Amherst College campus. I perform “Similaria” in the Mead Art Museum. Soundfest features the work of Tim Eriksen, Jake Meginsky, Steph Robinson, Wendy Woodson, Phil Dupont, and myself. Read more about Soundfest here:
4:30 PM, Tuesday March 12
Reading Room in the Robert Frost Library, Amherst College
Copeland Fellows Idan Cohen, Eric Leonardson, Matana Roberts and Artist in Residence Rebekah Tolley reflect on varying modes of “research” in their multidisciplinary work, exploring how their creative process shapes the works they produce.
I made new sounds to accompany two of Rebekah Tolley’s animated image sequence projections of organic life forms. One of these sounds is part of a robotic piece. These are among her visual works on display at the Eli Marsh Gallery next week, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Amherst College.
My sounds accompany two video installations. One is titled, “Molting.” This slowly changing, animated image sequence is projected a white handmade paper sculptural form on the gallery floor. “Tortua” is the title of the other installation. Its image sequence is projected onto a robotically inflated pneumatic sculpture. The images in both pieces come from ocean life forms, specifically a molting crab and a seashell. My sounds are recorded were made using analog synthesis, and digital post processing of the audio’s spectral content, to create slowly changing swells that ebb and return. We hear a single sound that hovering in a stationary place, that always changes internally, similar in character to the pace of changing shape and colors in the images.
This video shows “Tortua,” with robotics by Mike Tolley, followed by “Molting.” Mike and I will will talk a about our contributions at Rebekah’s lecture this Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 pm in Pruyne Lecture Hall and Eli Marsh Gallery, 115 & 105 Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College.
Beginning in January I will be an artist-in-residence at Amherst College. I was selected by faculty at Amherst College to be a Copeland Fellow in their colloquium on “Art in Place/the Place of Art.” The Copeland Fellows for the spring semester also include saxophonist Matana Roberts, filmmaker Catherine Masud, and choreographer Idan Cohen.
The Copeland Colloquium was established in 1971 by Morris A. Copeland, Class of 1917, and his wife, Mary, with the intent “to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and different perspectives to engage with faculty and students at Amherst College in a way designed to promote the cross-fertilization of ideas.” The Copeland Fellows, who often participate in colloquia and other programming on campus, bring to the College a variety of perspectives and interests, enriching the Amherst community.