NATURAL SELECTION

Natural Selection is a sound, performance, installation work created and presented in sections between 1995-1999 with a concert version presented in 2003 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The overall installation for Natural Selection, in it’s full installation staging, involves a platform divided, in equal sides, with dried leaves and pea gravel, a network of heating ducts and vents connected to a forced air furnace, an electrical transformer tower, a network of pipes and wiring conduit, a refrigerator that is partially fallen through the floor-surface, a large amplified staircase that leads nowhere, and a bed.

For the concert version, a scaled-down version of the amplified staircase and the bed are the only large installation elements included. Many other smaller sound props from the original full-scale performance are used in the concert version.

 

Players on the Recording:

Clem Fortuna

contra, flute, glass harp,

ratchet, amplified stairs, drain

pipe, wind chimes, amplified

coffeemaker

Tim Holmes

saxophones

Melanie Manos

voice, electric keyboard,

bed jumping, bellows

Marko Novachcoff

saxophones

Nelson Smith

voice, electric keyboards,

 

Natural Selection has taken many years and the help of many friends. Thanks to Terri Sarris, Rebekka Timlin, and Melanie Manos, who created the woman part in Electricity, Forced Air/Home, and Flush respectively. Gregory Patterson originally walked the steps, Gerry Craig, Curtis Smith, Joe Ruster, Arturo Miller, Russell Taylor, Shaun Nethercott, Bill Brovolt, Steve Patra, Frank Pahl, Michelle Perron, and Eugene Clark provided much needed technical/production support over several versions/installations. Thanks to the “vent chorus,” Gerry Craig, Bruce Smith, Sue Carman-Vian, Rick Vian, Christine Monhollen, Rose E. DeSloover, Art Spears, and Christine Hagedorn. Most of the photo documentation on this page were taken by Tim Thayer and Dan Danilowicz.

Rudy Lauerman of the Detroit Institute of Arts made the concert version possible, thanks also to his fine crew.

NATURAL SELECTION

THE RECORDING

This recording is of a concert version of the work presented in the Diego Rivera Court of the Detroit Institute of Arts in December of 2003. [ view credits in left column ]

This CD package is available for purchase in a limited edition from Nelson contact him for details.

1: Air Water Time Space

2: PILOT LIGHT / REDISTRIBUTED

3: CELEBRATION

4: DEDICATION

5: FEED A COLD

6: SACRIFICE / BED BELLOWS

7: PURITY

8: HOME

9: HISTORY OF MEN AND WOMEN

10: TREE EXTRACTION

11: ELECTRICITY