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BERTOIA, HARRY

"Harry Bertoia's sound sculptures developed from years of work as both a commissioned furniture maker for Knoll and as an environmental sculptor who built large scale balancing kinetic pieces, usually out of bronze. But in the 1960s and 1970s, Bertoia and his son Val began experimenting with resonant properties of metal itself with huge sculptures of vertical metal shafts that were affixed to a base. They discovered that at those lengths - some upwards of 20' - the metal was flexible enough to sustain an extended vibration that continued to resonate within the symphony of tiny strikes with the adjoining metal rods. Thus a slight brush against one of the Bertoia sculptures would trigger a massive swell of metallic drones. Bertoia made an incredible number of recordings in the barn that housed the majority of these sculptures, and produced 11 records from his favorite recordings." [Aquarius Records]


Album Format Label & Cat. Number Description Year Price (incl. 19% VAT)  
Clear Sounds/Perfetta LP Sonambient FW 1033LP the legendary SONAMBIENT label has been re-activated, this is the first release with previously unheard/unreleased material from the BERTOIA archive! => recorded 1971 and 1973, these were directly mastered from the original 1/4" tapes... deep metallic vibrations and reverberations of his sculptures and gongs (about 100 of them were kept in the BERTOIA barn in the woods of Pennsylvania), stunning recording quality !! finally re-pressed ! 2016 €23.00
Clear Sounds/Perfetta CD Sonambient F/W 1033 the legendary SONAMBIENT label has been re-activated, this is the first release with previously unheard/unreleased material from the BERTOIA archive! => recorded 1971 and 1973, these were directly mastered from the original 1/4" tapes... deep metallic vibrations and reverberations of his sculptures and gongs (about 100 of them were kept in the BERTOIA barn in the woods of Pennsylvania), stunning recording quality !! 2016 €15.00
Sonambient (Complete Collection) 11 x CD BOX Important Records IMPREC419 first ever CD re-issue of HARRY BERTOIA's famous 11 LPs with truly magic (fully acoustic) recordings from his own metal sculptures and gongs (recorded 1970-1975), restored from the original masters; comes with 100 p. booklet in nice box with interviews, photos, essays... "... a celebration of sustained tones, slow decay, healing vibrations and shimmering harmonic "; DRONE RE-ISSUE OF THE YEAR !!! 2016 €85.00