Distance Music is an outdoor “meta-composition”, where the composer creates sonic conditions to create a specific melodic results simultaneously for multiple locations within a large, multi-acre site.  Unique melodies are heard at each of the locus points due to the various time required for the sounds to cross the distance to each locus. The distance organ, a set of individually controlled, tuned train horns was created to be heard across large

The music of “Distance Music at Lake Eola for Walking Audience, 2 Brass Choirs, Bell, and 7 Remote Controlled Train Horns” I deliberately composed the accompaniment music for “Distance Music at Lake Eola” to be as mainstream and easy-to-understand-as-possible in order that the real focus be on Distance Organ timing and sounds. The music that came  from my 28 brass and percussionists provided harmonic direction, phrase and melodic interaction, organized into three movements:

The Distance Music event at Lake Eola October 25, 2014 The distance organ premiered in 2014 at the well attended “Distance Music at Lake Eola for Seven Train Horns and Brass Choirs” concert in downtown Orlando. Horns were donated by Nathan Airchime, powered by nitrogen (N2) gas through seven radio-controlled, solenoid-actuated poppet valves donated by Parker Hannifin’s Pneumatic Division. Funding came from an $8710 Kickstarter and grants of $2500 from

Why Train Horns?? Because they’re LOUD! Traditional instruments can’t produce enough volume (sound pressure level, or SPL, measured in dB decibels) to create Distance Music. To hear rhythmically significant differences in delays, hundreds and thousands of feet of distance between sources is required. Electronic amplification could also make such long distances possible for traditional instruments. But four serious drawbacks make it impractical: 1. Electrical power of the magnitude necessary would be

In the same way an open-world game designer creates conditions that allows a player to have an experience based upon where they move, the composer of a Distance Music similarly composes conditions that provide its audience a different musical result for every different place in the concert site.

      Pribusin Process Controls & Telemetry, located in Muskegon, MI agreed to develop and construct the radio telemetry equipment for the distance organ. Mike Gertsweiler, president of Pribusin, is personally interested in this project’s success and has generously provided the project with an affordable price. He will offset costs of our radios by not starting from scratch, but rather, making modifications to equipment he already supplies to industry.

Keith Lay conducts an experiment in sound with ‘Distance Music at Lake Eola for Walking Audience, Train Horns and Brass Choirs’ Noon Saturday, Oct. 25 | Lake Eola, 195 N. Rosalind Ave. | keithlay.com/journal | free Local composer and educator Keith Lay continues his ongoing experiments in psychoacoustics with his latest composition, Distance Music at Lake Eola for Walking Audience, Train Horns and Brass Choirs. After a successfully funded Kickstarter, Lay

Keith Lay wants to play music on swan-boat-mounted radio-controlled train klaxons and we think that’s awesome Posted By Jessica Bryce Young   We’ll be writing more about this as the actual event approaches, but just wanted to point you to another awesome Orlando project currently in the Kickstarter phase. Composer Keith Lay is continuing his ongoing experiments into the very nature of sound with Distance Music at Lake Eola, and he wants you

I have just received the remaining six train horns from Nathan Airchime! They have loaned me these excellent instruments for the building of the Distance Organ: what will be the loudest pitched instrument in the world. My choices of horns are highlighted in orange: My next step is to purchase the dollies so I can finalize the design of the steel base and plumbing. My twin brother Kevin, meanwhile is

I received the first of seven Nathan Air Chime train horns ! The Nathan Air Chime company, the oldest and most respected of all train horn companies has offered me a loan of seven horns for the Distance Music project. This K1L  horn is made of thick cast and machined aluminum: very rugged! It has a 1/2in NPT main inlet port on the bottom of the manifold. This horn is