Broken Instruments
en lyd-skrivemaskine

- afprøv 800 ødelagte instrumenter -

For at kunne lave en symfoni for ødelagte instrumenter, skal man have allerede ødelagte instrumenter! Dém havde skolesystemet i US-staten Philadelphia rigtig mange af!

AFPRØV  skrivemaskinen, hvor 800 ødelagte instrumenter er samplede i forskellige lydbanker – skriv et digt, dvæl ved tasterne, skift lydbank undervejs, og hør så, hvordan det lyder

Broken Orchestra Typewriter

The Broken Orchestra typewriter can turn your words, poems, conversations, nonsense, or anything you type into music. Made up of hundreds of musical ideas played by broken instruments, the typewriter is a living composition that reveals and deepens itself as you type. The typewriter’s algorithm draws on Zipf’s law – a statistical phenomenon that, while frequently observed, remains somewhat of a mystery. The typewriter was created by Christopher Marianetti and Pete Wise and is inspired by the Symphony for a Broken Orchestra project which collected, catalogued and repaired over a thousand broken musical instruments for the Philadelphia public school system in 2018.

Tips til brug af lyd-skrivemaskinen:

– du kan ikke se det, men tastetryks hastighed optages også [bbbbbrrrrrrrrrr ]

– mellemrumstasten opdaterer – evt. skrivordudiét

– afprøv STORE BOGSTAVER med caps lock

– prøv at holde en tast nede, til den gentager

– shift-tasten eller , eller . skifter lydbank


Hør Symphony For Broken Instruments

“Last year I got an amazing phone call, out of the blue, from Robert Blackson, who runs the contemporary art gallery at Temple University. He told me that he had somehow – miraculously – gotten access to all the broken instruments in the Philadelphia public school system, and he asked if I had any interest in writing something for them. In fact, I did! Robert didn’t know it, but my first thought about these instruments was autobiographical. I am only a musician because there were robust music programs in the public schools that I attended as a child – a public school music education is why I am here today. My first thought was that 1500 broken musical instruments meant 1500 missed opportunities to change school children’s’ lives, the way my life had been changed.

What I hoped to do in these pieces was to give untrained and lesser trained performers the chance to do what our most trained and sophisticated performers do all the time – to work really hard together, to solve a tough musical problem together, to make something beautiful together. Our ensemble has a range of everyone in the city – from school children just learning how to play to amateurs to future professionals to members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. People from all across the city, coming together, making music. It is a beautiful sight. Of course, in this piece, one of the problems these musicians have come together to solve is that their instruments don’t work as they are expected to. Some are barely changed, some are just more complicated to play, and some are now incapable of doing what they were designed for. Part of each player’s job is learning what each instrument can and cannot do, and then adapting himself or herself to it. These instruments, like the people who play them, are unique, extraordinary. It has been a joy to work with them.”

David Lang, Introduction to Symphony for Broken Instruments
Recorded live on December 3rd, 2017 at the 23rd Street Armory, Philadelphia
Engineered & Mixed by Devin Greenwood & Arun Pandian


released April 22, 2019

Recorded live on December 3rd, 2017 at the 23rd Street Armory, Philadelphia
Composition – David Lang
Performed by over 400 members of the musical community of Philadelphia
Engineered & Mixed by Devin Greenwood & Arun Pandian
Mastered by Dave McNair

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra was commissioned by Temple Contemporary at The Tyler School of Art. Major support is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Barra Foundation.


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