Sound Study

Darren Bader

Presented by — Sadie Coles HQ

edition of 2 + 1 AP

Past presentations

  1. group show, Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2018 Benefit Exhibition, Gladstone Gallery, New York, 2018
  2. Darren Bader, (@mined-oud), Museo Madre, Naples, 13 October 2017 (opening night performance)
  3. Darren Bader, The Calder Foundation at the Brownstone Foundation, Paris, 2014
A group of musicans in a gallery, some sat on the floor, playing various instruments to un-popped popcorn kernals

The work has between 4 and 8 wind musicians (preferably no instrument played by more than one person) who play to/at un-popped popcorn kernels in hope that the quality of the sound waves produced by the instruments will pop the kernels. Some recommended instruments are: bagpipes, piccolo, trombone, trumpet or cornet or flugelhorn, Alpine horn or didgeridoo, baritone or bass saxophone.

A man playing the bagpipes in a gallery space at a shelf of un-popped popcorn kernals
Darren Bader, The Calder Foundation at the Brownstone Foundation, Paris, 2014


Conditions of Production

The musicians must be classically trained to above amateur standard. The musical line up must include bagpipes, and a trombonist as well is preferred. The musicians may play in concert or as soloists. The popcorn kernels should be scattered around on the floor in the performance space to a medium density — looking neither carpet-like nor accidental.