Acoustic Pendulum, Virgile Abela

Acoustic Pendulum // Virgile Abela

Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music (1968) set microphones swinging over speakers, generating rhythmic sonic oscillations. Virgile Abela extends and inverts Reich’s format, placing the speakers in a pendulum over a floor-based microphone. Starting in total stillness, over time the pendulum begins to swing in response to acoustic feedback, at first gently and ultimately in wide arcs or circles, forming an acoustic picture of the venue. Deceptively simple, Acoustic Pendulum is physics – and metaphysical poetry – in motion.

Supported by Institut Français d’Écosse & Alliance Française Glasgow

10 – 20 MARCH at THE PIPE FACTORY

Website: virgileabela.com
Images: Acoustic Pendulum photo credit Etienne Rey