Plumb Horns

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These new Specimens are a natural evolution of my horn geometries. It occurred to me while contemplating twining vines and creeping foliage, that there is an symbiotic interface between architectonic structure and organic growth patterns. This can be put to good use when a load bearing column cannot easily be eradicated from a new dream loft space. If you cannot beat the enemy, embrace reality and face the music.

They are Column Solvers

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Crimson Plumb Horn Speakers

The Eremurus horn speaker with yellow bell stands tallest among the eight unique horn speakers created for Aero Dynamisms, my eight channel installation at Packer Schopf Gallery. The collection of eight shown at Garfield Conservatory, Chicago in 2014.

Plumb Horns

Considering this design as an evolution in the horn speaker series featured in the Sonic Arboretum, and as a new generation of the Eremurus horn – the tallest of the eight unique horn speaker prototypes produced for my show Aero Dynamisms at Packer Schopf Gallery, it seemed logical to have the horns integrate well with nature. The design of the Plumb creates a foliage-like effect. The Plumb horns work exceedingly well in any botanical setting. They almost look as if they have grown in place.

Compatibility and Placement
All Specimen Horn speakers can be paired with my hi-fi tube amplifiers for a beautiful sonic symbiosis. Or they can be paired with virtually any other system and achieve excellent results. They are also perfect for home/office theater use.

These speakers are designed to work well elevated as a typical bookshelf speaker, out in the open, or even placed on the ground to achieve a more spatially expansive installation, as in the Sonic Arboretum exhibitions. The sound of Specimen Horns has been described as “holographic” in that the sound seems to be coming from behind the enclosure.

Museum Legacy 

The Specimen Leiderhorns, Hornlings and the smaller Hornlets horn speakers were first created for the Sonic Arboretum, a collaborative project between Ian Schneller and composer/violinist Andrew Bird. The Sonic Arboretum installation had its debut at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2010 and in 2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The installation included a collection of 76 different Specimen horn speakers and Specimen Custom Tube Amplifiers.  The Sonic Arboretum exhibited again at the International Contemporary Art Museum, ICA Boston in 2015, where the specially designed Specimen ICA Calla Horns System made its debut.