The composer performs a 70 foot lengthy instrument within the architectural constructing of UH – Saskatoon Public Media

American composer Ellen Fullman installed her almost 70-foot-long string instrument in the atrium of the University of Saskatoon Architecture School as part of the CounterCurrent Arts Festival in Saskatoon.

It has 40 stainless steel and bronze strings – 20 on each side – and Fullman goes through the middle, rubbing her rosin-coated fingertips over the strings to create sound. “It’s essentially like bowing a stringed instrument, only I do it along the length, which creates a different type of vibration,” Fullman said.

She’s been doing this for more than 30 years.

“I just wanted to hear something new,” she said. “I was a sculptor and experimented with noise and accidentally discovered it, which took me on a very long step-by-step hike to improve the timbre of the instrument.”

On Saturday, April 13th at 8:00 pm, Fullman will play “The Watch, Reprise, 2016”, a one-hour piece in the atrium of Hines College of Architecture and Design.

She says the sound and style of play vary depending on the venue.

“I’m getting used to this room and what’s going on here,” she said. “Different rooms produce different qualities and I would say different styles of play.”

Fullman’s performance is just one component of CounterCurrent19, an interdisciplinary arts festival that takes place from April 9th ​​to Sunday April 14th.

All events are free, however, in some cases, ticket reservations are required. More information can be found here.

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