AIR COLUMN
Oskars Poikāns
2005

12,3 meters long for low frequencies.
Polyester resin and metallic constructions.

Wind-instruments still hold a vast potential for variation in form and shape mixtures as well as in systematic approach - exploring the player's own, personal sound. Tone and sound range can draw parallels to the parameters of a human voice, a comparison that explains the search for a personal sound. This instrument does not challenge already developed wind instruments as its origin is a ceremonial instrument of Tibet - the dung chen. Unlike the Tibetan instrument, this trumpet is made of polyester resin and glass fibre which creates the potential for more size and shape variations. Also, additional metallic constructions make the instrument more mobile. The length of the trumpet (12,3 meters) demands explanation. A tuba is several meters long as well, but its shape is wrapped to be more convenient, as the length is necessary to produce a low frequency sound. If this trumpet was wrapped, it would occupy much less space, but in this exposition the air column is more obvious.
The size and sound of the trumpet evokes different associations. Much of the essential content can be added through those - it can be mystified and so forth. However, to my mind, the shape of the trumpet is successful as it is visually light in appearance - it looks as it was made of wax. Its acoustic qualities can be easily observed while listening to the sound near to the huge sound exit opening. Stronger sound generations make your eyes start blinking and likewise the sound can be felt with the rest of your body.

Oskars Poikāns (Latvia) is a musician and a computer artist. He graduated from Jana Rozentala College of Fine Arts, Department of Internet (2000) and Academy of Fine Arts in Latvia, Department of Visual Communication (2004). He currently studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Latvia, in the MA program of the Department of Visual Communication. Since 1999 he has participated in exhibitions and projects worldwide and locally. He is currently engaged with building non-traditional musical instruments (project "Tube" since 2004), performing on them (participation in Man Choirs Festival of the Baltic States together with the quartet of the Academic Choir of Latvia, playing self-made instruments, 2002; the record of CD "Līgo" by M. Taurins and Z. Smite, 2003 received the newspaper "Diena" prix).

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