Trimpin’s computer-driven musical contraptions defy the constraints of traditional instruments. Combining digital technology with everyday salvaged materials, Trimpin has invented ways of playing everything from giant marimbas to a 60-foot stack of guitars using MIDI commands. Taking inspiration equally from the junkyard as the museum and the concert hall, Trimpin often creates these eccentric and interactive instruments from found materials, including saw blades, toy monkeys, duck calls, beer bottles, bunsen burners, slide projectors, turkey basters, and pottery wheels. In his creative experiments, Trimpin engages the visual, spatial, and kinetic properties of sound to “play instruments in such a way that no matter how complex the composition of the timing, it can be pushed over the limits.”
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Trimpin: Artist’s Lecture and Demonstration
Friday, April 19, 2013
7:00 pm | 34-101
50 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
Free and open to the public
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Co-presented by Music and Theater Arts.
This residency is made possible by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. CAST connects artists, scientists, and engineers through a practice of experimentation, risk-taking and imaginative problem-solving.