“Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music.” – Johann Goethe
Atlantic String Machine is half-way through our 20-21 season, which we’ve named The Harris Project. All the concerts this season explore the life and work of reknowned PEI architect William Critchlow Harris through music and sound. And I’m excited to share an excerpt of the premiere performance of my new work A Single Juniper Post, which we debuted in January. The piece is a meditation on resonant spaces and it addresses the way that Harris approached acoustics in his building design. If you’ve never been inside Charlottetown’s St. Paul’s Anglican, it may be hard to fully appreciate the acoustics of the space through video. But even if you have been there, you may not know that Harris designed this building like an instrument. Beneath the very place where we are standing is a resonant chamber, and the vibrations of the floor are transferred to the bottom of the box by a sound post, a single length of juniper wood.