Windribbon is a long brass strip 0.8 mm thick and 1 cm wide, stretched taut between two trees. As its name suggests, the wind makes the Windribbon vibrate. The brass ribbon is far more sensitive to the wind than a string or wire. Rain, snow and acoustic vibrations also make the Windribbon move. Its vibrations are captured by contact microphones and amplified through a speaker. The installation in Klankenbos is a replica of the original Windribbon that the artist, Leif Brush, made in his back yard in 1975.
Leif Brush (USA) is a pioneer of sound art with a fascination for nature. He studied art at the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago. Some of the work he made as a student aleady contain the elements that would come to play a central role in his later work. For example, one of his projects was a huge wind harp built on the school roof. Brush later became a professor at the University of Minnesota. He gradually developed his Permanent Forest Terrain in the wooded garden at his home. The garden was his workshop in which he built Tree Harps, Signal Discs, Whistlers, Windribbon and other constructions, all of them large sound installations that reacted to the wind and