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Friday, February 20, 2015

Help archive Harry

In 1960 Harry Bertoia accidentally struck a rod and was fascinated by the sound it made. From that time till his death in 1978, he experimented with tonal sculptures he called Sonambients. In a Pennsylvania Dutch fieldstone barn, he recorded more than 350 reels of tape and released eleven Sonambient LPs, the final creative masterworks of his lifetime.

The Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bertoia Studios and Important records currently have a Kickstarter project underway, hoping to fund the purchase of studio gear necessary to transfer the tape to electronic format.

I've contributed to the cause. If you're interested, you can get more information via the Kickstarter site.

Harry Bertoia and a few of his Sonambients

Here are a few of the gifts contributors can receive as a token of appreciation for their generosity.

Sonambient  tee

Sonambient poster

Bertoia Polaroid pack

50 Photos book (numbered edition of 500)


  1. What a worthy cause Dana, thanks for bringing it to our attention!

    1. I hope they raise the money they need. I'd hate for these recordings to be lost someday.