Amp Stack (2011)
Amp Stack is a sculptural sound work for 5-10 active bass amplifers, bass guitars and effect pedals. The amplifiers are powered, the guitars and plugged in, and the installation is left to play itself. Over time, the physical form changes slightly as instruments are vibrated by the sound from the amplifiers, shifting slightly, but also changing the pitch of the feedback caused by them being plugged in and not played.
This need not be a loud installation, depending on the size of the room the resulting sound can be gentle, smooth and pure tone. In a warehouse type space, the installation can be truned up quite loud to activate the entire space.
The work makes part of Cat Hope’s larger Abe Sada Songbook project. The installation can be stand alone or performative. Audience can play the guitars, or a concert performance can take place as part of the exhibition, where Cat Hope can work with local musicians to play the installation.
Premiere: Castle Hotel, Perth, 2011.
Kurb Gallery, 2011.
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2014.