Byron Westbrook

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68 Footsteps, 2008

Polaroid Photographs, Speakers, Duration Variable

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68 Footsteps is an installation consisting of eight mono location recordings broadcast simultaneously from separate speakers. In the creation of each recording, an acoustic guitar has been placed in a different environment with an ebow device on top of it, causing it to resonate automatically. Each recording begins 68 footsteps away from the guitar, which is the average distance from which the guitar's resonation is no longer audible. The recordist slowly approaches the guitar with a microphone at 8 seconds per step, then returns to the same distance away at 4 seconds per step. The combined sound of the recordist arriving at the guitar creates a massive chord that ultimately relates and unifies the separate recordings and space for a period of time within the duration of the work.

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