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Luminaries: Sept (Funkhouser)

// Monday, Jan 1, 12am ET

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2 p.m. presentation followed by light refreshments


Chasing a Sound: Lessons Learned Building a Glass Harp

Composer, performer and instrument builder Rob Funkhouser specializes in exotic musical instruments. In this presentation, he will demonstrate and explain the background of one of his most recent creations, the Glass Harp, the pitfalls of trying to recreate an instrument based on image searches, and the depths of the rabbit hole into which he fell during the instrument's creation. For Funkhouser, this process represented an unpredictable technical challenge in terms of instrument building. It served as a transforming moment in thinking about how and why people continue to create and the ever-growing possibilities presented by the creation of sound.


About the Presenter

Rob Funkhouser holds a master’s degree in Music Composition from Butler University and most recently completed the commissioned work “Peace of Mind, Speed of Thought” for Classical Music Indy, as well as a large-scale exhibit of his experimental instruments and sound sculptures at Tube Factory Art Space. His current projects include an ongoing series of recordings and writing under the title Walking Music, building a new set of instruments in collaboration with artist Justin Cooper, and ongoing work on new performance tools for music and installations. In 2020, he began a long-term living residency with Big Car Arts Collaborative through its APLR program. Funkhouser also serves as Education Manager for the Rhythm Discovery Center in Indianapolis, where he runs public programming for schools and community members. He has collaborated with diverse groups including Forward Motion, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, No Exit Theater and Chicago-based director Ryan Gleason.


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