Ellen Fullman: Body Music

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  • Bass Song
  • Over and Under
  • Work for 4
  • Space Between
  • Body Music
  • Departure

Body Music is music for Ellen Fullman’s unique Long String Instrument, an eighty-foot long instrument with approximately eighty strings. Fullman has been developing this instrument for longitudinally vibrating long strings over the past thirteen years. Having received a BFA in sculpture, her interest in music began with the resonance of materials used in making sculpture. When she started making the Long String Instrument, she saw it as “sculpture as music;” now she has come full circle in conceiving “music as sculpture.” For the most part, the music in Body Music relies harmonically on the diatonic scale. Because of the prominence of overtone content, more complex harmony is suggested. Through her studies of extended harmony, Fullman has come to realize that harmony is “dimensional.”

“Five more astonishing compositions on long string sculpture-instruments, including the marvelously flowing Work for 4, performed on a 145-foot-long string installation, already a modern classic. Space Between surprisingly produces some sounds normally associated with electronic music, and Body Music suggests a kind of celestial Delta-blues with its bar chording technique. A CD that will appeal to many listeners. – “Blue” Gene Tyranny

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