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Twittering Machine Object/Performance

This twittering machine object is wheeled forward on to the stage, a small wind chime hangs inside the cage like structure, ringing as it moves. The mixed audio of Donald J Trump and Frank Sinatra begins to play, amplified by the orange cone. A handle is turned, and a small camshaft raises and lowers a platform covered in feathers inside the cage. As the handle is cranked, white feathers begin to squeeze through the wire mesh of the cage, falling to the floor. The handle continues to be cranked, feathers issue forth. The twittering machine is then wheeled off stage.


Twittering Machine


two views of the twittering machine
Two views of the twittering machine.


close-up view of the camshaft inside the twittering machine
View of the camshaft and feathers inside the twittering machine.


Further Resources

Outside the Box photo -Todd Birdsong, Robert Spahr, and Jay Needham
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Twittering Machine was performed at the Out of the Box Festival, as part of Jay Needham's Radio Piano performance in Shryock Auditorium at Southern Illinois University, 2016. A collaborative group performance with Todd Birdsong and Jay Needham.