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"The Last Gun" Installation

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The Last Gun (Double Barrel Flute2) is the next iteration of the Chifte Kavali ( vimeo.com/45427394 ). The musical inspiration for this installation comes from the soundtrack of the movie The Last of the Mohicans, set during the time of the historically decisive Seven Years’ War, a global conflict involving all the major European and North American powers of the time. Though it occurred over 300 years ago, the political, economic, social and cultural ramifications of that war continue to affect our world today. Decisions made now can have significant repercussions for generations and alter the course of history itself. Inspired by the Native American flute, The Last Gun is built in a one-octave (C4-C5) chromatic scale. The programmable robot graphically charts and then musically depicts the rise & fall of US annual arms exports from 1960 to 2009. The flute’s aural response is based upon a value judgment where a rise in arms exports triggers the flute to play the somber melody of the Main Title from the movie soundtrack. And for every value indicating a drop in arms exports, the flute plays the celebratory primary melody of The Kiss (The Gael).
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  • The Last Gun is a pneumatically driven robotic flute built out of a disabled shotgun and salvaged industrial components. This sculptural installation combines electronics, robotics, music and weaponry.
     
    The programmable robot graphically charts and then musically depicts the rise & fall of annual arms exports over 5 decades. The mechanics are controlled by an Arduino microprocessor and the data visualization is accomplished through a Raspberry Pi board running a Python script.
     
    The flute’s aural response is based upon a value judgment. It is programmed to play a somber melody for every rise in arms exports and a celebratory, upbeat tune for every year the arms exports drop. Created from instruments of both destruction and harmony, The Last Gun is a commentary on the excesses of the technological age and the exploits of war.
     
    The Last Gun (Double Barrel Flute 2) is the next iteration of the Chifte Kavali (vimeo.com/45427394). Inspired by the Native American flute, it is built in a one-octave (C4-C5) chromatic scale. The musical inspiration for this installation comes from the soundtrack of the movie The Last of the Mohicans, set during the time of the historically decisive Seven Years’ War, a global conflict involving all the major European and North American powers of the time. Though it occurred over 300 years ago, the political, economic, social and cultural ramifications of that war continue to affect our world today.
    The Last Gun (Double Barrel Flute2) is the next iteration of the Chifte Kavali ( vimeo.com/45427394 ).
     Inspired by the Native American flute, The Last Gun is built in a one-octave (C4-C5) chromatic scale.
  • Flute Dimensions

    10 feet (floor to ceiling height; adjustable) x 5 feet (length) x 0.5 ft

     

    Materials

    Gastinne-Renette a Paris 12-guage shotgun (disabled), open-source electronics, reclaimed industrial components (pneumatic valves & pistons, scrap Aluminium, polyurethane tubing)

     

    Year

    2012

  • Flute mouth-pieces
  • The low-noise air compressor is contained within a custom sound-isolation box, which can be placed out of the way or in a separate room, depending on the exhibition space.  
  • In the studio

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