By Marguerite Brown
|Melissa Achten: Ritual Schizophonia|
HEART SCENES is a ritualistic exploration into the schizophonic nature of a heartfelt harp. In a series of scenes, the harpist utilizes various extensions of their physical and emotional being to conjure wholehearted soundscapes, eliciting gestures occur unseen via an unorthodox configuration from the audience. The resulting sympathetic resonance of the harp is then magnified through amplification, mimicking the sympathetic nervous system of a harpist entangled in cardiovascular chaos.