Open for viewing: March 16 to April 28, Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Opening: Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. MISTIC Concert: Friday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m.
New Music Installation — Trimpin:(CanonX+4:33=100)
510 Fort Street
MISTIC Tickets: General $15; Members, Students, Seniors $10
See www.openspace.ca for workshop and demonstration dates and times.
Internationally celebrated sound sculptor/composer/inventor Trimpin extends his ongoing exploration of sound, vision, and movement in this newly commissioned interactive installation at Open Space. The exhibition opens on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by an artist talk on Saturday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. The exhibition will wrap up with a concert by MISTIC, performing on the installation on Friday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m.
In (CanonX+4:33=100), a new work, Trimpin acknowledges the 2012 celebrations of two significant and influential 20th century composers, John Cage and Conlon Nancarrow. Combining ancient concepts and methods with the latest in digital technology, Trimpin gives new life to an array of abandoned pianos by constructing visually dynamic and aurally stunning acoustic sculptures and automatons out of their carcasses. Believing in our capacity to experience sound visually, Trimpin accentuates this concept with the use of video cameras and sensors to translate colour into gestures that activate the instruments.
In collaboration with Dr. Andrew Schloss and students from the University of Victoria, a team of emerging sound engineers and musicians join forces with Trimpin in constructing and installing the installation, while developing unique methodologies for activating and “performing” the installation as an enormous musical instrument. The culmination of their efforts will be revealed in the MISTIC concert on April 27.
Trimpin is one of the most stimulating and inventive forces in music today; his installation will skew your everyday assumptions about sound and technology and engage your senses of perception, surprise, and joy in an extraordinary and intricate audio-visual experience unlike any other. For more information on Trimpin, see the recently released documentary entitled TRIMPIN: the sound of invention. www.trimpinmovie.com
Born in Germany, Trimpin moved to Seattle in 1979, where he has worked as an independent researcher and experimenter in musical, acoustical, and sound sculpture design. Referred to as “one of the awesome musical geniuses of the early 21st century,” Trimpin has received both a MacArthur Genius Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship for his creative investigations of acoustic music in spatial relationship. In 2006 the New Yorker magazine profiled Trimpin in a feature article, and local press has hailed him as “a composer/sound artist/engineer/god.” Trimpin has appeared around the globe with performances, exhibitions, and sound installations and has been the subject of a full-length documentary film, as well as a Marquand Books publication titled Trimpin: Contraptions for Art and Sound.
Trimpin’s project in Victoria has been sponsored by NSERC/Canada Council New Media Initiative grant, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, SOCAN, the CRD, and Open Space’s self-generated revenue.
(CanonX+4:33=100), the innovative and quirky sound installation by Seattle-based sound sculptor and inventor, Trimpin, was not only intended to be heard, but “played.” Since the installation opened in March at Open Space, the members of MISTIC (Music Intelligence and Sound Technology Interdisciplinary Collective) have been composing new works specifically for Trimpin’s robotic pianos. Using MIDI-enabled instruments and computers, each composer has developed a unique approach to “performing” the installation as an enormous musical instrument.
A culmination of their weekly workshop sessions, UVic School of Music faculty Andrew Schloss, students from the University of Victoria, as well as local composers, will present their works, which will simultaneously have their first and final performances, on Friday, April 27 at 8pm.
One of the most stimulating and inventive forces in music today, Trimpin’s installation will skew your everyday assumptions about sound and technology. Marking the centenary of influential composers John Cage and Conlon Nancarrow, (CanonX+4:33=100) redefines the prepared piano with the construction of robotic instruments out of piano carcasses. Triggered by a colourful wall mural, a visual sensor controlled by a joystick translates colours into gestures activating the instruments.
The last day to experience Trimpin’s installation is on Saturday, April 28. Afterwards, the pianos will be disassembled and the parts repurposed. Original Trimpin prints are available at $100 plus tax.
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