Steam / Fans

by joel mellin

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Steam 04:02
Fans 04:19


Steam - Pitched steam bursts alternate in their stereo spatialization and vary in their decay. All decays are a combination of random and periodic tremelo. The result is a timed release with both predictaible and unpreditable results.

Fans - Custom oscillating fan instruments with controls for oscillating speed, direction, and a slight pitch follow a score. The fans enter the piece individually, ramp up from slow RPMs, and join together when they are at full speed. Their ability to perform a pitch allows for the creation of chords - and those chords follow a slow, D minor progression. The result is relentless and pulsating, but slow, delicate and sombre.

Together, the steam and fans create an environment that is industrial and cold in nature, but warm, dark, and melancholy when performed in conjunction with Jodi's elegant movement and Burt's minimal visual moire.

Thank you to Jodi Melnick and Burt Barr - and performer Dennis O'Connor

A limited edition hand-bound score and CD set are available. Please contact jmellin at for more information


released February 19, 2009


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