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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Masterminds Finalist Tyson Ayers

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 12:26 PM

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This Thursday SF Weekly will be hosting Artopia, an art show at Project One featuring the 10 finalists in our annual Masterminds contest. That night, we'll award $2,500 grants to three lucky artists. In the meantime, we'll be previewing the works of the works of the finalists here on All Shook Down.

Tyson Ayers uses large piano parts to create what he calls a "Sound Cave." People crawl inside the cave, a tiny space that's also grand, and run their fingers along the strings. He says the cave captures any sounds the person makes "and echoes them back for long periods of time." Ayers' piano soundboards are specially tuned to the Schumann resonances, a mysterious scale that reflects the music made by planet Earth as lightning strikes. Oh, and Soundboard #5 is tuned to the Music of the Spheres, the "same mathematical formula as the Earth -- Moon -- Sun." It's all pretty cosmic, and pretty cool.

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