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Travis Weller and Ellen Fullman collaborate at Austin Saengerrunde Hall

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Coffee County Tennessee at Saengerunde Hall, Austin Texas

Posted on October 30, 2015 by Ellen Fullman

Video documentation of the entire concert. 

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Concerts start today!

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Travis Weller

Here is picture of the hall. Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!

Freeze Farm, Coffee County Tennessee

Posted on August 3, 2015 by Ellen Fullman

Long String Instrument score with viola and Owl timeline references. Tablature notation indicates duration of pitch sustain by length in meters. (circled numbers) Actual walking locations to be worked out on site (blank circles to be filled-in)

Tuning design for Travis Weller’s Owl for Coffee County Tennessee.

Posted on August 3, 2015 by Ellen Fullman

The tape lines on soundboard mark off nodal points of 2, 3, 4, and 5. 7 is indicated with a sharpie pen mark directly on the string.  


In the early 1990s, Ellen Fullman’s Long String instrument was installed at a former candy factory in East Austin. In 1994, Travis Weller, then a high school senior auditing music courses at the University of Texas, joined a class visit to Fullman’s studio for a presentation she gave. Fullman’s composition practice made an impression on the young Weller, and he began building his own instruments and exploring alternative tunings. Sixteen years later, Weller presented and performed in a sold-out concert of Fullman’s music at Austin’s decommissioned Seaholm Power Plant, garnering an Austin Critics’ Table Award. Since then Weller and Fullman have collaborated on performances at the University of Texas in the Music in Architecture/Architecture in Music Symposium, the Berkeley Art Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. For each of these events, Weller and Fullman explored different tunings and musical material in structured improvisations. In this project proposal, Fullman and Weller wish to create a concert-length composition that is more defined and reproducible. Working long distance, the development of the piece will take place from April through August 2015. Through discussions and exchange of recordings, the collaborators will weave their distinct voices into a cohesive whole. The process will begin with designing pitch sets and tunings and then using these tonalities to guide the form and direction of the piece. Instrumentation will include Fullman’s Long String Instrument, including the rhythmically played box bow instrument, and Weller’s Owl and Skiffs and tuned steel bells.

During the second week of August the instruments will be installed in the venue and ensemble rehearsals will take place. The new work will be performed on August 14th and 15th, 2015 in Austin, Texas at the Saengerrunde Halle. This historic 1867 dance hall with it’s favorable acoustics, antique pine floors, and long length will provide an ideal environment for the installation.

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Through Glass Panes Demo
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Snapshot of Ellen Fullman’s process in creating music for the Long String Instrument. Subtitles and music over still images. Live concert recording of Through Glass Panes performed with Travis Weller and Nick Hennies at Seaholm Power Plant, Austin, 2010.

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Audio excerpts, photos, and video from Travis Weller’s hour long composition “Symmetrographia” for violin, viola, cello, contrabass, owl, two skiffs, and three percussionists playing tuned steel bells. Performed in September of 2014 at the Blanton Art Museum in Austin TX by Austin New Music Co-op and Line Upon Line percussion.

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Composition by Ellen Fullman. Recorded in Seaholm Power Plant, Austin Texas, 2010. Travis Weller, violin; Henna Chou, cello; Ellen Fullman, Long String Instrument.

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Austin, Texas

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Last update on October 30, 2015

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Berkeley, California
Ellen Fullman has been developing the Long String Instrument, an installation of dozens of wires fifty feet or more in length since the early 1980s. This project encompasses the study of Just Intonation tuning theory, experiments with various wire alloys and gauges, the development of a tablature graphic notation system, and wooden resonator design and…

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Austin, Texas


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