Stewardship to Obsolescence

Wednesday, 18th November

At 9pm tonight Coppice present ‘Stewardship to Obsolescence and Preservation: Listening to Specimen Music through Yerkes Observatory’s Refractor and Reflector Telescopes’. 

Founded in 1892 and known as the birthplace of astrophysics, the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin ceased operations in 2018. That year, its obsolete technologies were captured by Coppice (Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer), to draw parallels between its acoustic signatures and functions and those of Coppice’s glossary of study since 2009. Highlighting the intermediary influence of recording and reproduction technologies on perception and perspective – both in limiting and enhancing ways – open-ended questions of actuality and fiction are posed for the listener, to stir the imagination of music, places, and time in flux…