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crap pompom





(Photo: Kat Pattison)


The crap pompoms explored the process of finding materials for their sonic and acoustic attributes to define the timbral qualities of a composition. By using craft techniques such as pompom making, it was possible to determine performance gestures, such as in piece for three crap pompoms performed at De Montfort University in March 2015. For this piece, three large pompoms were constructed from found and discarded plastic, paper and wire sheath. The performers scrunched the pompoms and the sound was amplified through using a series of handmade condenser microphones, embedded within the pompoms.


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