STEVE RODEN where the fade begins and ends
this piece utilizes the sound of three instruments circa 1900 – two diddly bows, and a stroh viol. all three contain a single metal string, most likely piano wire. the diddly bows were made by amateurs, hand carved necks and a wooden cigar box for a resonator. the stroh viol was manufactured by the strohviol company in England, and the main characteristic of the instrument is that is contains a tin horn for amplification, utilizing the tools of a gramophone. all three of these objects were set into motion with an electromagnet, in this case an ebow. other sounds include a field recording of crickets at my home,
and a field recording of birds made in 1910 for the victor gramophone company. the last bit of sound comes from the pauses in an interview recorded in the early 1920’s where all of the speaking has been removed, and only the pauses remain.

* Used to make the guitar sound conitnuous by feedback and produce harmonics.

Creation, 2012

The sound work of Steve Rodnen uses various forms of specific notation (words, musical scores, maps, etc.) and translates them through invented score systems that, rigid in terms of parameters and rules, are also full of breaths for intuitive decisions.
Similarly, the artist is implementing in his paintings and drawings of the translations of textual information and maps for generating visual actions such as choice of color, the number of elements, and the construction of the image...