Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust (PSQT) is leading a project during the Cultural Olympiad 2009-2012 to build a stone lithophone for percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie to play in a performance to celebrate the opening of the Olympic sailing events in 2012.
The stone has remarkable acoustic and light reflecting properties, and the Lithophone, built on site from stones that ring, will explore the distinctive range of tones, harmonics and sustained reverberation found in the geological structures of the different quarries on Portland. In quarries from Pietra Santa to Tamil Nadu the stones are traditionally rung to check the purity of the block. This also gives possibilities for a purposeful international dimension to this project, for example an international archive of stone ringing.
(PSQT) Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust, The Drill Hall, Easton Lane, Dorset DT5 1BW, England
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