Tennessean [Ellen Fullman], lately of Austin, Texas, is another in this lineage. Friday she and Daniele Massie demonstrated her Long String Instrument in a Sonic Series concert at LACE, co-sponsored by the Independent Composers Association.
The work Friday grew denser in texture, more active in rhythm throughout, then closed in a short denouement as Fullman and Massie retreated almost the length of the instrument. The nature of the instrument seems to emphasize the fundamental pitch and its nearest neighbors in the harmonic series, creating balance problems. But the dense, live sounds of a single string are complex enough to sustain a type of acoustic polyphony in themselves. Byline: -JOHN HENKEN