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Important crowdfunding transfer and release of Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient reels

Furniture designer's steel sculpture sound pieces to be remastered and re-released

The Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bertoia Studios and Important Records have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for transferring hundreds of Bertoia’s sound works from tape to digital. If successful, the crowdfunding effort will mean that Important is able to preserve the entire archive, and release a selection of the Sonambient recordings on CD and LP. Rewards include copies of the record, the metalwork used to press the LP, Bertoia's Polaroids of his sculptures, plus a set of the original LPs that he self-released in 1978.

Bertoia's tapes have been sitting in the Sonambient barn in Barto, Pennsylvania since he died in 1978. Important's John Brien says: "Each tape contains a little note from Harry, with the date and a description of the recording."

Bertoia was an Italian sculptor, printmaker, furniture designer and sound artist, famous for his metal mesh chair designs for Knoll, which allowed him to create the Sonambient sculptures, which were made from clusters of heavy wire rods. More details on the project here, and view a gallery of photos of the Sonambient sculptures here.