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date: 05 December 2019


  • Hugh Davies


Instrument constructed by Akio Suzuki in several versions since 1972. It consists of a long, flexible spring stretched between two metal cylinders, each with an ‘echo-plate’ across one end. One cylinder is normally fixed. The spring, which can be extended up to at least 8 metres, is stroked, plucked, or struck; the instrument is also effective if, when the spring is extended, the performer sings into the cylinder that is held. Three types of Analapos have been made: Type A is a single unit (many of which have been sold to collectors); Type B (four models) consists of a tall stand from which between four and about 20 units are suspended; and Type C, the Deep-Sea Sonar, consists of a single spring mounted inside a cardboard tube about 1 to 1½ metres long, which is shaken to produce the sound (hundreds have been made for educational purposes). The long resonances and echoes of the first two types are matched visually: especially when the spring is fully stretched, a ‘wave’ can be seen to travel across the instrument several times in each direction before dying away. Suzuki has explored similar sound qualities in the Spring Cong family, in which lengths of thin sprung steel ‘ribbon’ are mounted on a stand (in spiral or arc configurations, or in two interlocking vertical loops at right angles to each other) or on a wooden base (in arc or ‘omega’ shapes)....

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