Ellen Fullman’s Long String Instrument

Ellen Fullman Long String Instrument performance.

Ellen Fullman's work resides between the fields of sound art and music. Her primary activity has been the development of the Long String Instrument, a 53 to 200-foot string instrument in which rosin-coated fingers brush across dozens of metallic strings, producing a chorus of microtonal organ-like overtones. The instrument combines Fullman's artistic expressions of everyday activities, such as walking, with a unique performance art sensibility.

Fullman's residency will take place February 18–24, beginning with installing her instrument in Milstein Hall’s dome. Fullman's cross-disciplinary work demonstrates the physical and mathematical roots of musical intervals. In addition to workshops and demonstrations around the instrument itself, Fullman's residency will culminate in a lecture and presentation with the Cornell Avant Garde Ensemble (CAGE) and the Department of Music's visiting artist, Theresa Wong (Bay-area cellist and vocalist).

List of public events (all events take place in Milstein Hall Crit Dome, Milstein Hall, unless otherwise noted):

Monday, February 18

  • 5 p.m. Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument: Design and Mechanics
  • 7:30 p.m. Open Rehearsal with the Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble (CAGE)

Tuesday, February 19

  • 5 p.m. 5 Variations on a Long String (Peter Esmonde) film screening, Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall
  • 5:30 p.m. Demonstration and Q & A

Friday, February 21

  • 5 p.m. Composers' Forum Lecture/Presentation

Sunday, February 24

  • 3 p.m. Concert I
  • 8 p.m. Concert II
Cosponsored by the Department of Music, Cornell Council for the Arts, CAGE, and the Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center, with additional support from AAP.