Ross Manning, excerpt from 'Pianola loops. Composition #4' TarraWarra Biennial 2012:Sonic Spheres CD by TarraWarraMA published on 2012/07/26 03:00:53 +0000 TarraWarra Biennial 2012: Sonic Spheres 5 August to 9 December 2012 Curator Victoria Lynn The TarraWarra Museum of Art will present the third iteration of its biennial in an assemblage of contemporary Australian visual artworks engaged with music, sound and voice. The exhibition will include drawings, musical scores, sculptures made from musical instruments, paintings and video. These works invite us to listen to art, to find new sounds and melodies. Many of the artists will perform live with their art works during the opening weekend of the exhibition. For more details visit http://twma.com.au/exhibitions/event/tarrawarra-biennial-2012-sonic-spheres 'Pianola loops. Composition #4' Live recordings of the artwork: 'Pianola Loops' 2011, pianola, brown paper, motor, paint rollers, timber, PVC pipe Custom scrolls composed by the artist In discussing these compositions, Ross Manning has said: "This work is an automated modified Pianola. The instrument is 'played' via a roll of paper that has holes punch into it that corresponds to the 88 note of the keyboard. I have made the paper roll to loop so the composition plays continuously and autonomously. I composed the music by punching my own holes in the paper in various ways. Some compositions use 'stencils' to achieve exact repeat phases of notes. Other make use of chance and indeterminacy, ie. I have dropped hot embers from a fire onto the blank paper, the holes are burnt through creating the music. Others have honey dripped onto the blank paper then left outside for cockroaches to eat through. So in this case the cockroaches are co-composers. I have also tried using geometric patterns and punch cards from early computers. These ideas link back to music making without the ego of the composer involved or required. I like the idea of the pianola being a pre electronic 'programmable' instrument."