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Four Letters to Mahler, 2013

Four Letters to Mahler
Studio10 Gallery, Bushwick, NY
Aluminum I-beams, rivets, hardware, amp, ipods, cables, PA speakers, fluorescent lights, text panels on film
6′ x 11′ x 7′
Four Letters to Mahle
Schematic
digital print mounted and framed
22” x 41”
Ed: 2
Four Letters to Mahler Poster
Printed edition of 200, offset litho
18” x 24”

Four Letters to Mahler is an eight channel sound work based on four letters that Arnold Schoenberg wrote to Gustav Mahler in 1909-1910. Each letter was recorded from live narration, directed, and read in English with German accent and intonation. The readings were manipulated and processed to varying degrees electronically, involving degrees of delay and distortion. There are twelve variations of each letter and all channels are played simultaneously and continuously generating an unpredictable and continual sound collage.