The Extended Tension

Sonica 2017

Mexican composer and artist Manuel Rocha Iturbide deconstructs musical instruments to investigate what makes them tick, and open up new possibilities for making music from them. Two electric guitars hang in space, each suspended by its strings which extend outwards across the space in all directions, as though the guitar is a dissected specimen. Plucking, stroking or tapping any of these tautened, elongated strings makes the guitars vibrate and generates long, unexpected, resonant tones, picked up and amplified to fill the space. Visitors try out the guitars for themselves, discovering a new twist on the idea of playing an instrument.

Supported by: Anglo Arts, the cultural department of The Anglo Mexican Foundation A.C.,CMMAS (Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras), the Embassy of Mexico United Kingdom & Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)