As an extension of their sonic archive “Vinculum”, Coppice continues its compositional series with “Vinculum (Conjugate)”, a multi-channel sound installation. “Conjugate” is an assemblage of individual sonic artifacts into a coherent rendition of a single bellowed instrument. Familiar sounds sourced from varied objects will be intricately arranged towards a figment of an original mechanism/instrument. An extensive study in timbre and framework, “Conjugate” will widen Coppice’s sonic palette beyond its representative bellows & electronics.
In addition to the production of their first stand-alone sound installation, Coppice will present its upcoming 7” release The Pleasance & The Purchase (released by the Italian label Senufo Editions) with Chicago-based visual artist and writer Holly Murkerson, as well as developing new collaborations in sound performance.
Coppice (Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer) is a Chicago-based duet of bellows and electronics. Since its formation in 2009 they have produced original compositions for stage, fixed media, and performed installation settings, with a focus on adhering textural attenuation, processed gradation, the contours of instrumentation, and their multiple aspect highlights.
Their variable instrumentation departs from bellows and reed instruments (accordion, pump organ, shruti box, harmonica), custom electronics (reproduction, transmission, spatialization, interference and gentle feedback), and multi-channel systems adapted in ways responsive to location, audience flow, and aural perspectives.
Recently praised as “virtuosic and exact listening,” Coppice has appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Flea Theater in New York, Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts in Minneapolis, McNeill Street Pumping Station New Music Festival in Shreveport, and internationally in Iceland, Sweden and the Netherlands.