Chrysalis I

 

Photo by Will Gullette

 

1.
There is that in me - 1980

Poem by Walt Whitman
Music by Cris Forster
Cris Forster, Chrysalis and voice

 

 

 

 

2.
A child said What is the grass? - 1986

Poem by Walt Whitman
Music by Cris Forster
Cris Forster, Chrysalis and voice

 

 

 

 

Built: 

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1975–1976, San Francisco, California.

Restored:

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2015, San Francisco, California.

Except soundboards, support rings,
and bridges, all new components
based on Chrysalis II construction.

Dimensions:

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Total number of strings: 164.

Longest string: 19 in.

Shortest string: 7¾ in.

Wheel diameter: 36¾ in.

Wheel width: 5⅛ in.

Stand length: 61.0 in.

Stand height: 41¾ in.

Stand width: 10½ in.

Height from floor to top of wheel: 57½ in.

Materials:

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Sitka spruce, Honduras rosewood, birch, maple,

ash, cherry, delrin, lexan, aluminum, brass, and

stainless steel.

Range:

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Left Side: F# above middle C to B above high C.

Right Side: B below middle C to F# above high C.

Tuning:

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Just Intonation.

       

          Chrysalis I, my first concert-sized instrument, was inspired by a huge, round, stone-hewn Aztec calendar. I asked myself, “What if there were a musical instrument in the shape of a wheel? And what if this wheel had strings for spokes, could spin, and when played, would sound like the wind?”

 

          Chrysalis I has two sides, or two circular soundboards, and 82 strings on each side. The wheel, which sits on the crest of a wave-like stand, may be freely spun in either direction.

 

 

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Building New Chrysalis II

 

October 2013–March 2015