Long String Instrument Technical Requirements

Minimum length 16 meters (53 ft). Maximum length about 60 meters (200 ft.). Longer string length allows for a lower frequency range. Resonant space is required – Doesn't work outdoors. No carpet. Download pdf tech info here. Specific construction plans (metric or U.S.) are 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 structure
• Artist travels with the resonator boxes and tuning blocks. Wood framing is constructed on site and included in venue costs.
• The super fine and fragile wires are each tensioned to about 18 kilo (40 lbs). Total load is about 725 kilo (1600 lbs). If a wire breaks it simply falls to the floor and has never caused an injury.
• One or two technicians help with the construction of supporting framework and set-up
• Extended access to space – 2-3 long days fine-tuning and rehearsing
• Good work lights. Ideally, lighting instruments are installed directly over the pathway of strings before the strings are installed. Smooth coverage and levels should be set so that performer is able to see the strings over the entire length of the installation.
• Sound reinforcement system with two high quality condenser mics (Neumann, AKG, etc), mic stands (short stands if possible) and small mixer
• 36 rocks, about 2" or 3 centimeter square in size, weighing about 3oz. or 85 grams.
• If baggage overweight charges are incurred, venue will be responsible for reimbursement, usually $25-$50 each way.

Ideal Installation Sequence

Before Artist's Arrival Hardware materials purchased and framing constructed. Use heavy duty lumber (2x6s) and heavy duty hardware (lag screws or 3.5 inch wood screws).
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, about ten hours.
Day 2 Rehearsals, sound check and lighting focused
Day 3 Performance can be scheduled – more time is preferred
• Strike One hour – all touring components 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