The Human Harp is an instrument designed to enable a person to release the voice of a building or structure via a cable controlled from the ground. TraveLab will allow us to take our Human Harp prototypes on a 6 month research and development tour, testing the new instruments on interesting structures through the UK. Our goal is to create an instrument which will be portable, fun, intuitive and playable by individuals of all abilities, ages and backgrounds - an instrument for the people. We are inviting our Space Hive supporters to propose unusual structures in their area that could be played (with particular focus on iconic structures that may need funds for repair or earmarked for demolition). At each location we will work with these communities to explore the resonant properties of the chosen structure (e.g. pedestrian bridges, wind turbines, grain silos, climbing frames) co-creating a piece of music which will be performed by members of this community, and documented.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
All around East London and other towns and cities across the UK iconic structures are being scrubbed from our landscape - demolished by developers to make way for glass skyscrapers and luxury apartments with little thought of the effect these developments may have on the surrounding communities. TraveLab is a great idea because it will target some of these unique structures and give them a voice and new resonance within the local area, putting into motion plans for a positive outcome with the community (e.g. giving the land back to the community). Researching and developing a new instrument in a public space also means that anyone can come along and get involved - which is exciting and can lead to unexpected collaborations. TraveLab will open up the process of music-making to new and unexpected audiences so that individuals without any training in music would have the opportunity to play the Human Harp on a local landmark. A visionary instrument for the 21st Century.
Steps to get it done:
Human Harp will be manufactured to a high standard and will not damage any of the structures that it is connected to. The instrument will be easily assembled and will safely and securely connect to the structure.
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