Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Composer-to-Composer Festival: Day 1 Discussions, Trimpin (August 15, 1989), 1 of 4

Digital Audio

Event Type
Lectures and Panel Discussions
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Composer-to-Composer Festival
Program Length
109 min
1 of 4
| broadcast
| 1989-08-15 | created
A recording from August 15, 1989 in Telluride, Colorado during the 1989 Composer to Composer Festival. During private sessions, participating composers discuss their work and processes with each other.

The first presentation at 9:00am was by the German born kinetic sculptor, sound artist, and musician, Trimpin. Note: The initial 17 minutes consists of the composers arriving and chatting before the lecture.

After an introduction by Charles Amirkhanian, Trimpin discusses his early musical experiences, his time in engineering school, working in hospitals building instruments for physically disabled people (specifically those without limbs). He also talks about the first time that he experienced a performance of spatial music, early 20th century German theater works, and Nazi Censorship of theater works.

He moves on to talk about his time as a set designer working for the San Quentin Drama Workshop, the machine he created to replicate Conlon Nancarrow's piano rolls, and his spatial notation.

Before the discussion ends Conlon Nancarrow poses a question to both Morton Subotnick and Trimpin about the polytempo capabilities of a computerized conductor.
Unconventional instruments
Kinetic art
Percussion music
Spatial music
Digitized with support from the National Recording Preservation Foundation, The Copland Fund, and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.