This is "AmpLe." It gets its name from essentially being an amplified table. When performing Mark Applebaum's The Metaphysics of Notation, I thought there would be no more authentic way than to create my own instrument. After all, Mark is quite well known for his instrumental creations, most notably, the Mouseketier. A video that highlights his instrument can be found here.

Images of the AmpLe can be found below!

The center table has a diameter of 28 inches, while the two outer tables have diameters of 14 inches. The 14" table to the player's left has a contact microphone attached to it. Additionally, the center 28" table has three contact microphones attached to it.

This is a front-view photo of the AmpLe (opposite from where the performer would stand).

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Here is a shot of the center panel. It is 28" in diameter. For the performance in the video above, this panel held a segment of sandpaper, a bamboo placemat, a kitchen tile (painted yellow), a mousetrap (as an homage to Applebaum), a pie tin, a length of chain, a doorstop, a watering can, a scrub brush, a metal comb, four threaded rods of varying thicknesses, and one of the PVC pipes that connects with the panel on the right.

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This is a photo of the 14" panel to the performer's right. I think of this as the acoustic panel, because it is the only one of the three that does not have a contact microphone attached to it. For the performance in the video above, I used a temple bowl with one of my cats' toys inside of it, a can of pink spray paint, a coffee tin with BBs, and a USB desk fan. This panel also houses the other half of the PVC hanging rack that connects with the center panel.

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This is the 14" panel to the performer's left side. It contains 17 finishing nails of 2 different sizes, hammered in at different depths, as well as a doorstop. This table is amplified via contact mic and is also used as a surface on which to drop items, such as BBs. I should also say that I made the two side panels at 14" so that I could easily use snare drum stands to hold them up!

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Here is an overhead shot of AmpLe. Here, you can see some of the implements I use on the instrument. These include: banjo picks, a metal comb, a scrub brush, chopsticks (painted yellow), and two thin threaded rods.

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