MusicBox Revolving Door, 2004

This collaborative work was created by Cory Lund, Janis Demkiw, and I. With careful design and implementation, we were able to retro-fit a revolving door into a music box at Kitchener, Ontario’s City Hall. Participants activate the work by simply pushing through the doors. The arpeggiating tones (up and down) are an altered whole-tone scale, often found in cinema to connote a dream-state. Importantly, the work involved no electronics – only carefully considered materials that turn the doors into soundboards.

View from interior of building
Push-plate with tine-plate added
Side plectra are activated by tines

Materials include spring steel, aluminum, fasteners, etc. The spring steel was water-jet cut so as to not distemper the spring steel.