Gordon Markman

BFA Indv. Industrial Design | he/him ︎︎


Music stems back to ancient origins; it is believed to predate even language. In this day and age the types instruments commonly used appear to have become standardized, sharing familiar sounds. I aim to dismantle this way of making sound and explore the dialogue between the instrument and the listener.

I chose to use found objects in order to construct this work. Each component had an intended function, a story from its past life. These stories begin to reveal themselves through the visual appearance of the objects as well as their groupings.

Each object resonates differently, producing a sound that directly reflects the properties of its material and most importantly it's form. This relationship between the sound the instrument produces to how the form behaves fascinates me and is something I inquire in my work. I aim to explore the gray area between what we call music and noise.