Sixty years ago downtown Vancouver was a residentail neighborhoo of Arts & Crafts bungalows. The downtown core has been redeveloped into a city of of glass towers and condominiums.
Fugue was presented in 1984 as one of the last blocks of single family hlouses located in the downtown/west side was demolished.
Prior to demolition the house numbers were peeled off and embedded into a sculptural model.
On demolition day the sound was transferred live to the installation site, a derelict warehouse half a mile away. Later the demoliton sounds were incorporated into two other sound layers in concert: a piano being slowly pried apart and a series of piano excercises. This arrangement was presented as 45 minute recitals.
Following the intial installation, the piece was reconfigured and shown across Canada. It is now in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery.