961, the moniker for a building situated at 961 Field Rd, Marin Headlands (USA), became the project tag for a weekly collaboration between Tom Nunn (US), Paul Winstanley (US/NZ) and Phil Dadson (NZ).
During Phil’s three-month artist residency at Headlands Centre for the Arts in 2016, building 961 was converted into a multi-voiced instrument with long metal rods, wooden dowels and long wire zithers installed directly into floor and wall surfaces. A modified rocking chair (Tone-throne) with tuned rods of wood and steel, and two sets of clashing cymbals operated by long wires attached front and back to the rocker action, occupied centre-space. This, along with the colourful timbral mix of our individual instruments, transformed 961 into a sonic play-space for our project.
This recording was the trio’s very last session, an unbroken hour-long improvisation performed for an audience of invited friends and fellow artists.
- Portal One (East)
- Portal Two (South)
- Portal Three (West)
- Portal Four (North)
Click here to view a video recording of the performance made by David Samas with additional footage edited by Phil Dadson.
Click here to view Shiver Me Timbres, a video of 961 instruments.
Click here to access Tom and Paul’s duo recordings, Music For Hard Times.