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Ellen Fullman, The Long String Instrument

David Weinstein sits down with composer and instrument builder Ellen Fullman and the two play tracks and discuss the history and practice of her extraordinary instrument consisting of hundreds of strings stretching over one hundred feet in length. Played by rubbing and exciting the strings longitudinally, Fullman tunes the strings in Just Intonation, based on the natural overtone series. The result is ethereal, spacious, viscerally rewarding chords and clusters. While the instrument drives a major part of her creative output, she is also fascinated by a range of subjects that enrich her work, from architecture to the blues.


Experimental Composers


The object of this series is to invite emerging and established innovators to share their work. These programs are usually a combination of an interview with a far-reaching perspective on the artist's career, some recordings illustrating this history, and something new. Open territory. The unfortunate and unintended messages that come attached to a title like Experimental Composers are many. Still it is one of the few labels to come out of the world of music that has not been co-opted by promoters, corporations, journalists, or lawyers. This one just seems to have anti-market goo on it. Hooray. It's also just bad English (as if to imply that these poor souls are themselves, in their flesh and blood, some kind of experiment and, perhaps, even expendable). And then there is the spectre of defying the wisdom of the great Edgar Varèse who said something like, "I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment."