In 2015 I worked on Meeting House, designing and installing a huge musical instrument within a Georgian meeting house in Offaly, in an attempt to make a playable building. It took a week to build, and over 3km of jute and rayon twines (materials of the industrial heritage of Clara, Co. Offaly). What resulted was a giant harp within the building, that you could walk through and play. Hardwood ‘floating bridges’ collect vibrations from the strings and allow amplification.
This music uses sounds only from the strings, recorded in a day.
The Meeting House Project was a collaboration with Maeve Stone and Tom Lane. Together with Clara Musical Society a music and drama performance was devised within the building and using the instrument.
Kindly funded by Offaly Arts Office through the Percent for Arts Scheme 2015.