chrisruffoni@gmail.com

Music maker, Sound artist 

Chris ruffoni

Solarphones

Sound sculpture installation formed from unique solar powered instruments.

 

Album of installation recordings out now via Them There records

Cassette/Download available here: https://themthere.bandcamp.com/album/solarphones

 

Small solar panels power a chaotic mechanical system contained within bespoke wooden enclosures, each containing 7 tuneable guitar strings. The system produces random sequences of notes, dictated by the amount of sunlight. Designed to connect directly with the environment in the present moment - there is no capacity to store energy and no batteries are used - they only sound when there is sufficient light. 

 

Installation has been shown publically at:

18 - 20 Sept 2020, Holmfirth Arts Festival, Huddersfield. 

2 - 4 Oct 2020, Kensington and Chelsea Arts Week, London.

 

Other bookings were cancelled due to Covid-19

 

The installation is available for further shows. 

 

Project supported by Sound and Music via The Francis Chagrin Award.

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Artist based in Marsden, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK.

Sound, music and sculpture. 

Chaotic-mechanical systems inspired by nature combined with musical instrument design, creating sculptural works for installation, indoor and outdoor, and performance.

 

Chris was selected to be part of Yorkshire Sculpture International's Sculpture Network, May 2020.

He has self-released music and has two cassettes out on Them There Records, his recordings have been played on Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone, BBC 6 Music.
Chris' work has been installed locally and in London. 

 

Follow his work on insta: @chrisruffoni

See SOUNDS section of website to listen to examples of sound/music

 

Chris with Solarphones at Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, London, Oct 2020, photo Graham Fudger

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Solar Chimes - 

Solar Chimes at Hullabaloo in the Park, South Park, Darlington, July 12-25. Commissioned by Theatre Hullabaloo

Solarphones at End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Sept 2-5.  

Solarphones at Holmfirth Art Festival, Huddersfield, Sept 17-19.

Solar Chimes

Sound sculpture installation formed from unique solar powered instruments.

 

14 copper chimes, each tuned differently by ear in a unique way, suspended from tree branches and sounded by solar powered vibrating motors, which respond directly to the sun light - no batteries or capacitors.

 

Yellow cables reach out towards the light, connected to small solar panels mounted on found slate. More than one pitch can be heard from each chime, depending on how excited they get. The notes they sing are always subtly changing due to changes in light and the chaotic movement of the vibrators, creating a static but constantly shifting mega chord to sit inside.

 

Hugely grateful to @theatrehullabaloo for commissioning this piece for their family friendly festival in the lovely South Park, Darlington, July 12-25, 2021