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Singing Wall


The Singing Wall is not a work that fits easily into a single category. It is an interactive piece, one meant to be scraped and struck. But it is also a modular percussion instrument for formal performances. As participants activate the metal of the piece, the sounds are amplified via contact mics and looped into morphing sonorous textures. The middle panel pivots, but that is not for the average viewer (it will be locked during installation times) – that flexibility is reserved for the collaborating musicians who will perform on it. Those percussionists, the Coalescence Percussion Duo (faculty members from WMU and GVSU) will perform 10-17 minute compositions at predetermined times – part musical performance part choreography as they maneuver around the installation. Their delicate gestures will be audible via amplification and their rhythmic climaxes will sing out with all of the rich harmonics and pitches of resonating metal. Shows: 9/24, 9/25, 10/1 & 10/2 at 12:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3.5'
  • Medium: Metal and electronics
  • Width: 15' (including electronics)
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 6' 4


KISAL stands for Kalamazoo Interactive Sculptural Arts Laboratory. It consists of Lisa Renée Coons (faculty at WMU School of Music: design/fabrication, composition), Steven Pierce (design/fabrication, patinas) and performer/improvisors Coalescence Percussion Duo: Judy Moonert (faculty percussion at WMU) and Greg Secor (faculty percussion at GVSU).