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GIG SPAM - "You Are Hear" in Newport Beach
Title: GIG SPAM - "You Are Hear" in Newport
"You Are Hear: Music Machines at the Museum"
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
Part of the Eclectic Orange Festival, this museum exhibition
features three installations by the sound artist Trimpin.
"Conloninpurple" is dedicated
to the work of composer Conlon Nancarrow, noted for his compositions
for specialized player pianos. The installation consists of several
hanging columns of specifically tuned wooden and metal bars. Each
column has six alternating tone ranges, divided into octave groups,
and an electromagnetic mallet system that initiates sound. When
completely assembled, the instrument is capable of playing any musical
composition when translated from a score into MIDI format. Viewers may
"play" with the instrument through manipulation of a
two-wheel electronic console, or trigger it to play pre-composed
musical sequences stored on disk.
"Krautkontrol" is made from
12 electric guitars of different colors, shapes and sizes arranged
into four groups. Each group of guitars shares a unique tuning, which
can be controlled remotely.
"Klavier Nonette" uses nine
MIDI-controlled toy pianos, arranged around the perimeter of the
gallery. The computer control system is configured as a
juke box with a selection of short pieces by 16 different composers.
Listeners drop a quarter the slot and select the piece to be played.
Among the composers featured are John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow, James
Tenney, George Lewis, and myself.
Richard Zvonar, PhD