Lullaby for a Landscape (All The Pretty Little Horses)

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Lullaby for a Landscape (All The Pretty Little Horses)

Lullaby for a Landscape (All The Pretty Little Horses) installation at the Sculpture Center.
Lullaby for a Landscape (All The Pretty Little Horses) installation at the Sculpture Center.

Tune in to a unique live recording from David Horvitz’s Lullaby for a Landscape (All The Pretty Little Horses) performed by the artist himself alongside Ches Smith and Shayna Dunkelman. Horvitz's project seeks to create an environment that embraces the soporific. The interactive chime installation revolves around ideas of hypnagogia, the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep, during which the onset of sleep influences the brain’s experience of time and space. Running parallel to this interest is Lullaby for a Landscape, which is a liminal space between aural sound and physical landscape, where sound is given a spatial and physical form as it embodies the landscape in which it resides.

In the installation, each note is its own chime, and appears in two different octaves. Horvitz has two sets of the seven notes in a larger chime size, and two sets of the seven notes in a smaller chime size, creating a dissonance in the experience of the melody. The individual chimes, scattered and hung throughout Socrates Sculpture Park’s grove of trees, are to be played by visitors, creating waves of sound that wash across the park.

As visitors meander through the grove of trees, they may encounter gentle notes floating across the grounds as the performer plays the chimes. Once the lullaby is played through, the performer improvises to communicate the fragmented sensation that one experiences when in a state between consciousness and unconsciousness. In his project, Horvitz removes the narrative aspect of a lullaby. Without a beginning or an end, there is no completed transition from consciousness to sleep. The experience of time is caught in limbo.

Originally aired 12/21/15
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