The Extended Tension. Interpreters: Manuel Rocha Iturbide and Jer Reid by artesonico published on 2018-02-21T02:46:03Z This interactive sound installation is about the tension of a paradigmatic musical object from the xx century electronic era: the electric guitar. It is an instrument with a karma tied to the idea of tension in rock and roll. It is the tension of the strings, the tension of the guitar player that seeks for redemption, the tension of the listener that searches catharsis in order to find later the distension in the resonance of the last guitar attack of the song. The tension in this installation is extended in space through the element that originates sounds, the strings, whose longitude is not limited by the guitar´s arm. Their extension depends completely upon the space in which the guitar lives, taking up its totality. The guitar is found in suspension, tensed, inert and in silence, but appears to be floating and confortable. Plucking any of its extended strings moves the guitar in space. The guitar vibrates entirely and stops being the primary body in order to be converted into the heart of a new expanded object. This new version for two electric guitars in a big public swimming pool was a comission from the SONICA sound art festival in Glasgow UK. Here, the two guitars occupy the whole space up to the sitting places. Besides letting the public interact with the guitars, there was a prepared performance (The Extended Tension I), the artist and and Jer Reid, a local improviser, where both musicians structured a free improvisation taking in account the qualities of the new extended instruments.