Happy Apple Tree

from by Steven White

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The combine harvester’s reel (a series of wooden slats attached to a steel wheel-like frame), is mounted vertically. When it is turned, a series of gears and chains are rotated, resulting in the rapid back and forth movement of a large abstract metal tree with 18 branches. Each “branch” has a steel bowl-like form welded to the end of it, in which a Fischer-Price “Happy Apple” is placed. Each of the 18 Happy Apples (a children’s musical toy from the 1970s) jingles back and forth when the reel is rotated, resulting in a chime-drenched cacophony.

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from The ReCombine Project, released October 4, 2013

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The ReCombine Project Ontario

Visual artist Steven White tore apart an obsolete combine harvester and built a series of sound sculptures, known as "The Combine Project." Mudtown records has launched "The ReCombine Project," where recordings of the sound sculptures are available to the public to 'ReCombine' into new pieces. A selection of these 'ReCombined' pieces will be released by Mudtown Records at a future date. ... more

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