Sept 23 we (Bennett & Stefan) made a first attempt at a guitar-tree sculpture.

On the way back we had a conversation on the topic of the affordances of instruments that incorporate objects from nature into their design. Rather than the highly modified nature, or technology, of say a violin or a guitar, a musical instrument that incorporates a naturally occurring object becomes a vehicle for interaction with nature in artistic production. The specific affordances offered can be deployed to radically alter the nature of the musical performance – the question becomes one of “what is the music that this particular structure” can engender, rather than importing a notion of musical structure which the object is only used to realise.

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